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Michael P. O'Connell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Mount Pleasant, SC

Stirling & O'Connell
884 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 201
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-577-9890
Fax: 843-577-9826
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011
Licensed in South Carolina Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

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

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


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2011

About Michael P. O'Connell

First Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • 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.
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Office Location for Michael P. O'Connell

884 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Suite 201
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-577-9890

Fax: 843-577-9826

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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