About Steve

Biography

Steve Smith, born Savannah, Georgia, April 15, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, South Carolina, 1985, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Steve Smith has been representing companies and individuals in all aspects of the Construction Industry in South Carolina for nearly 30 years. He was instrumental in developing the current mechanic’s lien statutes and, through his appellate advocacy, has had a significant impact on the development of Construction Law in South Carolina. Steve has represented contractors, subcontractors, engineers, surveyors, material suppliers, homeowners with defective construction claims, surety companies, developers, homeowners’ associations, and other business clients. Steve was born in Savannah, Georgia, and attended the University of South Carolina, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Shortly after graduating from the University of South Carolina School Of Law, Steve founded Smith & Collins, PA, the predecessor to Smith Closser & Wheeler, PA. Steve has been a frequent lecturer on Construction Law issues and has recently chaired the Board responsible for selecting the contractor and overseeing the construction of the new Pinewood Preparatory School campus, where his sons Kyle and Hayden attended. Steve his wife, Rachael, and daughter Hannah reside in Summerville, South Carolina. Steve is an avid sports fan and has been a South Carolina high school football official for a number of years.

Author, The Nuts and Bolts of Construction Litigation in South Carolina.

Education

University of South Carolina (B.A., 1982 Magna Cum Laude, J.D., 1985). Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

Associations

Member, 1987-1993, South Carolina Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Committee. Associations; South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Bar Construction Law Section, Former President, Rotary Club of North Charleston Breakfast, Board of Trustees Pinewood Preparatory School, Board of Trustees and former Board Chairman of the Summerville YMCA.

Reported Cases

A.V.A. Const. Corp. v. Santee Wando Const., 400 S.E.2d 498 (S.C.App. 1990); Charleston Lumber Co., Inc. v. GPT, a Florida Partnership, 400 S.E.2d 508 (S.C.App. 1991); William M. Bird & Co., Inc. v. Whitmire, 413 S.E.2d 804 (S.C. 1992); Quality Lightning Protection, Inc. v. H.C. Brown Const., Co., Inc., 427 S.E.2d 676 (S.C.App. 1992); A.V.A. Const. Corp. v. Palmetto Land Clearing, Inc.. 418 S.E.2d 317 (S.C.App. 1992); Moore Elec. Supply, Inc. v. Ward, 450 S.E.2d 96 (S.C.App. 1994); Charleston Lumber Co., Inc. v. Miller Housing Corp., 458 S.E.2d 431 (S.C.App. 1995); Hawkins v. Greenwood Development Corp., 493 S.E.2d 875 (S.C.App. 1997); Charleston Lumber Co., Inc. v. Miller Housing Corp., 496 S.E.2d 637 (S.C.App. 1998) rev’d 338 S.C. 171, 525 S.E.2d 869 (2000); Owners Ins. Co. v. Salmonsen. 622 S.E.2d 525 (S.C. 2005); Cohen’s Drywall Co. Inc. v. Sea Spray Homes, LLC. 648 S.E.2d 598 (S.C. 2007); Gissel v. Hart. 644 S.E.2d 772 (S.C.App. 2007); Bickerstaff v. Prevost, 670 S.E.2d 660 (S.C.App. 2008); Financial Federal Credit Inc. v. Brown, 683 S.E.2d 486 (S.C. 2009); Gissel v. Hart, 676 S.E.2d 320 (S.C. 2009); Steinmetz v. American Media Services, LLC, 709 S.E.2d 708 (S.C.App. 2011); Bickerstaff v. Prevost; 727 S.E.2d 769 (S.C.App. 2012); Charleston Pool and Spa v. Moran, 012313 SCCA, 2013-UP-040 (D.S.C. 2006

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