J. David Standeffer

J. David Standeffer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Anderson, SC

Standeffer Law, LLC
 | 2124 Highway 81 North, Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: 864-622-2014
Fax: 864-964-0930
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

With over 500 trials to verdict, Dave Standeffer is one of only 21 SC lawyers recognized by the SC Bar Association as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate (1998 - 2023) and Civil Pre-Trial Practice Law (2012 - 2022) as Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is Certified in SC as a Civil Trial Mediator (since 2005). He is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, due to verdicts and settlements in multiple millions. From 2003 to present, he has earned the highest possible Peer Review Rating (AV Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell; achieved the highest rating of 10.0 by AVVO attorney rating service; SuperLawyers (since 2008); and other distinctions based upon confidential opinions of judges, adversaries and other lawyers. With verdicts as high as $20,000,000, and practicing before all State and Federal Courts, he has Million and Multi-million Dollar results in areas of Nursing Home Neglect, Product Liability, Premises Liability, Trucking Wrecks, Auto Wrecks, Motorcycle Wrecks, Burns, Inadequate Security and Defective Industrial Machinery. He focuses on serious personal injury, wrongful death, denied Insurance Claims and Criminal Defense. He also handled over 100 criminal homicide cases and 7 death penalty trials and many other crimes, and been successful in civil cases of abuse of police power. His career has been dedicated to standing up for those injured, killed and arrested wrongfully, needlessly or carelessly, through no fault of their own. After serving as a Captain in the Army J.A.G. Corps for 3 years, he practiced with a law firm in Germany for 1 year, then was with the former law firm of retired US District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. for 1 year in Anderson, before serving as a 10th Circuit Prosecutor (Anderson and Oconee Counties) for over 7 years. He was Anderson County Attorney for 2 years and has been practicing in civil personal injury and criminal defense since 1988. He graduated from Clemson University, with honors, in 1972, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, American Association for Justice, National Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association (presently, Board of Governors), South Carolina Association for Justice and the Anderson County Bar Association. Toll Free: 800-671-1158

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

About David Standeffer

Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.standefferlaw.com/


  • As Officer-in-Charge of the Judge Advocate General's Office of 3rd Brigade, First Armored Division, Bamberg, Federal Republic Republic of Germany, was head prosecutor as well as Brigade and Post legal advisor for Commanders of 10,000 soldiers plus their dependents.  With one other prosecutor and two defense attorneys, ranked at, or near, the top of all Armed Forces JAG offices (regardless of number of lawyers) in number of cases handled, shortest time from charge to trial and conviction percentage, The Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army, 1979
  • Less than one/half percent of attorneys are qualified to receive this award., Lifetime Achievement, AMERICA'S TOP 100 ATTORNEYS, 2019
  • Has continually, since 2003, been rated the highest possible rating (AV) for Legal Ability and Professional Ethics by confidential opinions of other attorneys and Judges, AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, 2019
  • He has achieved AVVO's highest possible rating of 10.0 based upon the recommendations of judges and other lawyers through the rating system developed by AVVO for use in selection of an attorney for representation., 10.0, AVVO, 2019
  • Honor Graduate and Distinguished Military Graduate, 1972, Clemson University. Meritorious Service Medal, Captain, Army Judge Advocate Gemeral's Corps, January13, 1979 (3rd Brigade, First Armored Division, USAEUR), Honor Graduate, Distinguished Military Graduate, Clemson University, 1972
  • Since 2003, selected annually to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, which is exclusive to AV Preeminent Attorneys - the Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, in the areas of Civil Trial Practice, Personal Injury and Product Liability, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Law (from 1998, through 2022) by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) (only 21 SC lawyers recognized by the SC BAR as certified) an American Bar Association Accredited Organization, 2018
  • Since 1998, through 2018, he has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, only 21 SC lawyers are now certified by the SC Supreme Court, as a result of meeting the rigorous qualification requirements and the written National Exam., 2018
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator in South Carolina since August 26, 2005, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Now serving on the Board of Governors of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, an organization of lawyers with membership in the American Association of Justice, who have a particular interest in law practice in the South, since 2012, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past member of Humanities Advancement Board of Clemson University; Past President and former member of Electric City LIONS Club of Anderson, SC; Former Board of Directors Member of Anderson Mental Health Association; Former Board of Directors Member of Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Anderson; Contributor to Meals on Wheels, Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Haven of Rest, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Salvation Army, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and ACLU., 2019


  • $500,000 Property Insurance settlement., 2018
  • $800,000 wreck settlement, 2018
  • $1.6 Million civil settlement., 2018
  • State v. Garrison, Anderson County, Murder charge Dismissed, 2016
  • Trial Verdicts up to $20,000,000.00. Multiple settlements of millions of dollars.
  • Confidential Settlement for Sexual Assault on a Minor, 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Client was injured by a Hit-and-Run driver.  The case was reported for fraud.  i secured a settlement of $115,000 that was more than the available coverage limits., 2019
  • I achieved a settlement for the full available coverage from three insurance polices with different companies for damages to my client's property, after insurance adjusters would not pay him for his losses of over $100,000., 2019
  • Client was injured when a careless driver T-boned her car.  I achieved a settlement of full policy limits of $100,000., 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum recognizing verdicts and settlements of one million dollars and more.
  • Awarded THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL for service in US Army, 1979
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum recognizing verdicts and settlements of multiple millions of dollars.

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Clemson University, with Honors, 1972
  • Judge Advocate General's School, 1976
  • Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, 1975
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Office Location for J. David Standeffer

2124 Highway 81 North
Anderson, SC 29621

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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