Michael P. O'Connell

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Stirling & O'Connell
Michael P. O'Connell
Stirling & O'Connell

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1975

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011

Stirling & O'Connell

1002 Anna Knapp Blvd
Suite 202
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Visit website


Michael P. O’Connell is a partner at Stirling & O’Connell, representing clients in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, Moncks Corner, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island. A former member of the South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fee Disputes Board, he handles criminal defense cases, including federal crimes, DUI, sex offenses and drug violations.

A former sergeant in the United States Army, Mr. O’Connell has served as Charleston County’s public defender, the District of South Carolina’s assistant federal defender and a political science adjunct professor at The Citadel. He also served on the South Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Review Board as an administrative law judge and member, and as a faculty member for the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute.

Uniquely equipped to handle challenging cases with almost 45 years of experience behind him, Mr. O’Connell has resolved hundreds of cases and is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer review rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. O’Connell graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a Bachelor of Arts before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor. Throughout his career, he has handled criminal cases for those facing charges for assault, homicide, theft, fraud and white collar crimes, and he also handles bond hearings.

* 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

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Family Law
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.stirlingoconnell.com/about-michael-oconnell.php

  • Best Lawyers in America, Every Year Since 1997
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Faculty Member, Trial Practice Institute, National Criminal Defense College, 1992 and 1995
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, The Citadel, 1992 and 1994
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1983 
  • Admitted to South Carolina Bar, 1975
  • Admitted to District of Columbia, 1979
  • Resolution of Fees Disputes Board, South Carolina Bar, Former Member
  • US District Court, District of South Carolina, 1981
  • South Carolina Bar, Member
Educational Background:
  • Belmont Abbey College, B.A.

Office location for Michael P. O'Connell

1002 Anna Knapp Blvd
Suite 202
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-577-9890


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011

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