Stephan Futeral has deep ties to the local community. For over 40 years, he’s lived and worked in the Lowcountry. He grew up in West Ashley, he went to high school and college in downtown Charleston, he worked on oyster boats on Shem Creek, and he’s lived in Mt. Pleasant for over 20 years. Chances are you’ll run into him on the beach while he walks his dogs with his wife Kelsey, or at a community event such as the Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall where he and his daughter enjoy the rides (and the strawberries) each season.
The greatest asset a lawyer can have is integrity. You don’t gain integrity by getting a law degree. Integrity only comes from being straightforward, dependable, and competent. Integrity is what judges respect, jurors appreciate, and our clients deserve.
He and his wife Kelsey are huge animal lovers. They have 3 registered pet therapy dogs that they take to visit the elderly, the disabled, and special-needs children. They also volunteer at the Charleston Animal Society and for Keeper of the Wild, an organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation of South Carolina’s wildlife.
Before becoming an attorney in Charleston, Stephan Futeral served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1985 and the United States Army National Guard from 1985 to 1987. While stationed in Augsburg, Germany with the 74th USFAD, he worked with strategic nuclear weapons and tactical satellite communications. Also, he was a member of the 440 Armor Unit in Fort Carson, Colorado. During his time as a soldier, he received commendations for participating in massive military exercises such as Return of Forces to Germany and Desert Chief III.
In 1990, Stephan Futeral graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration. In 1993, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. After law school, he was the judicial clerk for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr. at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. In 2003, after many years of practicing law throughout South Carolina, he founded the law firm of Futeral & Nelson, LLC.
Stephan Futeral was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law teaching about subjects such as legal writing and insurance law. He’s written articles for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine and the American Bar Association Magazine. Further, he published a legal annotation regarding the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act in South Carolina Jurisprudence. He’s written books for the public on family law, DUI defense, and gun laws in South Carolina. He also edited the “South Carolina Deposition Procedure Handbook” authored by his law partner Thomas Nelson and published by the South Carolina Bar Association. This book is used by attorneys throughout South Carolina to help them understand the process for properly conducting the depositions of witnesses in civil, probate, administrative, family court, and other types of cases. Finally, he frequently lectures to non-lawyers and attorneys on such topics as personal injury, family law, and criminal law.
Stephan with his therapy dog Eddie
recognizes Stephan Futeral as an AV rated attorney, the highest rating available to any individual lawyer.
AVVO recognizes Stephan as “Superb” (10 out of 10) in the legal fields of divorce, DUI defense, criminal defense, and personal injury.
Stephan was granted membership to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers. This is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as criminal defense trial lawyers.
The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) recognizes Stephan as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in South Carolina. NAFLA uses a thorough selection process to determine the top family law attorneys in each state.
Lastly, Stephan’s clients have endorsed him with 5 stars ★★★★★ on Google Reviews and elsewhere online.