Lionel S. Lofton

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Charleston, South Carolina

Lofton & Lofton, P.C.
Lionel S. Lofton
Lofton & Lofton, P.C.

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, White Collar Crimes, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1971

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Lofton & Lofton, P.C.

225 Seven Farms Dr, Ste 109
Charleston, SC 29492 Visit website


Lionel S. Lofton is an attorney with Lofton & Lofton, P.C., law firm in Charleston, South Carolina. A nationally ranked trial attorney with more than 49 years of legal experience, Mr. Lofton provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout South Carolina's Lowcountry and coastal regions who have are dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges involving any of the following:

·       Personal injury

·       Medical malpractice

·       Nursing home abuse

·       White collar criminal defense

·       Major drug crimes

A native and current resident of McClellanville, Mr. Lofton has deep ties to his community, and he has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents of his region. As such, he delivers highly personalized counsel to his clients to help them make the best-informed decisions regarding their legal issues while aggressively pursuing the most favorable outcomes on their behalf as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Lofton served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, holding the distinction of being the first and only lawyer in the state to hold such a position directly out of law school. After more than 12 years of service, he left to establish his own private practice, and he credits his past prosecutorial experience and the invaluable insight he gained into the criminal justice system as helping him devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Lofton has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©. He also once served as legal advisor to state Governor James B. Edwards, who bestowed Mr. Lofton with The Order of the Palmetto in 1978. Mr. Lofton has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1967 graduate of Campbell University, Mr. Lofton obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1971. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Lofton is a member of the Charleston County and South Carolina Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the American and South Carolina Associations for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys, among his other professional affiliations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Law - Federal, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1971, South Carolina

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Educational Background:
  • B.A., Campbell University, 1967
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • South Carolina, 1971
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Chairman of the College Republicans for North Carolina
  • Best Lawyers in America – Personal Injury Litigation and Criminal Defense
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer – Medical Malpractice & Criminal Defense
  • Recipient of the Order of the Palmetto
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Confidential Settlement amount for a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a medical facility and staff's failure to properly diagnose and treat., 2022
  • Confidential Settlement amount for a young woman who suffered severe physical injuries and the loss of her unborn child due to a medical facility and its staff's failure to properly diagnose and treat her. , 2022
  • Confidential settlement amount in a multi-defendant medical malpractice case where the Plaintiff, a 23 year old female, suffered from necrotizing fasciitis following a C-section., 2020
  • $675,000 recovery for the family of a 54 year-old man who died from gastrointestinal bleeding after a VA hospital failed to timely diagnose and treat him for colon cancer., 2019
  • $800,000 recovery for the estate of an 81 year-old man who died unexpectedly after a gastroenterologist failed to timely diagnose and treat him for colon cancer., 2019
  • $2 million recovery for 4 victims who were seriously injured or killed after the vehicle in which they were traveling was hit head-on by a granite delivery truck., 2019
  • Confidential settlement amount in a dram shop case on behalf of a father of 2 who suffered a traumatic brain injury after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was hit head-on by an intoxicated driver., 2019
  • $600,000 recovery for a father of 2 who suffered permanent disability as a result of his healthcare providers' failure to timely diagnose and treat a Stage IV pressure ulcer that developed while he was receiving inpatient rehabilitation.  , 2018
  • $555,000 recovery for the father of a toddler who suffered permanent disability after doctors who implanted an IVC filter failed to timely remove the filter once it was no longer needed., 2018
  • $500,000 recovery for the wife and children of a 59 year-old man who died as a result of the failure of a hospital and treating physician to timely diagnose and treat a bowel obstruction that developed in the patient following surgery for the reversal of an ileostomy., 2018
  • $275,000 pre-suit settlement on behalf of family members against a nursing home for failure to properly monitor and treat a 91 year-old resident for a changing medical condition which led to her death., 2018
  • $900,000 recovery for a beneficiary of a will and trust who alleged wrongful deprivation of inheritance as a result of coercion and undue influence by third parties against an elderly woman who had left a significant amount of her fortune to the beneficiary., 2017
  • $100,000 recovery for a bar patron who had been shot several times by the bar's security guards while attempting to leave the parking lot., 2017
  • $165,000 recovery against a plastic surgeon for infection, skin necrosis, and permanent disfigurement following a patient's direct-to-implant breat reconstruction procedure., 2017
  • $250,000 recovery for the family of an elderly patient for failure of emergency room physicians to properly evaluate, monitor, and treat an emergent patient who died of heart failure less than 2 hours after being discharged from the emergency room., 2017
  • $175,000 recovery for the family of a critically ill patient for a healthcare provider's failure to honor her living will providing for the use of quality of life measures to prolong her life and for failing to provide basic palliative care items to ensure quality of life., 2016
  • $250,000 recovery for the family of a truck driver who was killed in a single vehicle collision attributed to poor maintenance of the tractor-trailer he was operating., 2016
  • $290,000 recovery for the wrongful death of a nearly 100 year-old woman who was dropped by paramedics as they were attempting to transport her by stretcher from her home in response to an emergency call., 2016
  • $540,000 recovery following an automobile accident in which college students returning to school after a weekend trip home were rear-ended by an inattentive driver near a work zone on a South Carolina highway which resulted in the death of one passenger and a traumatic brain injury to another passenger., 2015
  • $475,000 recovery for the family of a 56 year-old man who had presented to an emergency room with chest pains and high blood pressure.  The patient was discharged from the ER without proper evaluation and diagnostic testing, and he died of a heart attack less than 24 ours after being discharged., 2015
  • $175,000 recovery against an inpatient rehabilitation facility who provided residential care to a patient who was a known fall risk with limited mobility in a room that was being remodeled.  The patient had often been left unsupervised and suffered significant injuries as a result of several falls., 2015

Office location for Lionel S. Lofton

225 Seven Farms Dr, Ste 109
Charleston, SC 29492

Phone: 843-722-6319


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