J. Kevin Holmes

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Charleston, SC

Steinberg Law Firm, LLP
61 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-720-2800
Fax: 843-722-1190
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Workers' Compensation: Claimant (40%), Criminal Defense (20%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Kevin Holmes has a sign hanging over his sink that reads, “I wasn’t born in the South but got here as quick as I could.” He moved to Columbia in 1975 right after he graduated from Rutgers University School of Law. When he passed the South Carolina bar exam, he took a job working with then Senator Isadore E. Lourie, the Speaker Pro Tem of the South Carolina Senate and champion of the rights of working men and women of our State. It was during his time with Senator Lourie that he won the landmark case of Marquard v. Columbia Pacific Mills which was the first time a cotton mill worker was awarded death benefits for the lung disease called byssinosis or brown lung. The case broke the stranglehold the political Medical Panel had on denying benefits to mill workers and made it easier for all workers to receive workers’ compensation benefits for occupational diseases.

Kevin moved to Charleston and joined the Steinberg Law Firm, in 1979 where he has practiced ever since. He became a partner in the firm in 1985 and most recently, Of Counsel. He says, “I chose to come work for the Steinberg Law Firm because its founder, Irving Steinberg, was also recognized as being a champion for the rights of working men and women. Irving Steinberg helped write South Carolina’s first workers’ compensation statute and get it passed into law by the Legislature in 1936.”

Kevin has 42 years’ experience trying civil and criminal cases in the State and Federal Courts of South Carolina. He is a member of the bar of the State of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried 38 homicide cases, including two death penalty murder cases. He has tried hundreds of civil trials in State and Federal court earning him a membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

It isn’t enough to be a good trial lawyer. A good lawyer must also be prepared to fight their client’s case on appeal.

Since joining the Steinberg Law Firm he has won numerous important Supreme Court cases expanding and protecting the rights of injured persons. You can review a list of his cases on our firm web page.

Kevin currently serves on the Board of the Charleston County Bar Association and has served several terms on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He has been continuously recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates, Best Lawyers in America for both personal injury and workers’ compensation, and Super Lawyers. He is also been active in our community having served the boards of numerous charitable organizations. He is married to Mary Hiott Holmes and they have five children.

Recently, he was awarded the Injured Workers Advocates (IWA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The IWA is a South Carolina non-profit association of attorneys dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of South Carolina workers injured by accidental injuries or occupational diseases.

About J. Kevin Holmes

Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.steinberglawfirm.com/attorney/j-kevin-holmes/


  • Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Kevin has won the recognition of SuperLawyers for 4 consecutive years (2017-2020)., Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • The Steinberg Law Firm is pleased to announce Attorney J. Kevin Holmes has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Injured Workers Advocates (IWA), a South Carolina non-profit association of attorneys dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of South Carolina workers injured by accidental injuries or occupational diseases., IWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Injured Workers Advocates, 2019
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 5000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more., Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Million Dollar Advocates, 2014
  • Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Kevin has been named in the "Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimants"  by Best Lawyers in America for 5 consecutive year (2016-2020)., Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Law - Claimants, Best Lawyers , 2020, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
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Office Location for J. Kevin Holmes

61 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Last Updated: 5/30/2021

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