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Steven E. Farrar

Steven E. Farrar


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Steve Farrar has spent his career counseling clients in extraordinarily complex situations and, in those situations when trial is the best course, aggressively protecting those clients in court. His role as a trusted adviser and creative problem solver for a variety of businesses, business leaders and professionals has made him the lawyer people seek when they need advice or help on serious matters.

He is an experienced trial lawyer who also brings the business sensibility of having worked as a Certified Public Accountant to bear in each of his cases. Steve's experience with various complex issues is reflected in only a sample of those matters he has tried: corporate dissolutions, charges of securities fraud and improper corporate activity, defending accountants and lawyers in malpractice actions, construction defect cases for owners, developers and contractors, and defending automobile manufacturers from massive product liability exposure. Steve is also a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach group, which assists clients with the management and protection of sensitive business and personal information.

Prior to attending law school, Steve worked as a Certified Public Accountant for a multinational accounting firm. Steve is also a certified civil mediator by the South Carolina Bar Association.

Steve is highly respected by his peers. He recently served as President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. The FDCC is an international legal organization founded to further the principles of knowledge, justice and fellowship and membership is limited to select attorneys who have displayed achievement in their field and leadership in the practice of law. Additionally, since 2013 Steve has often been recognized in either the "Top 10" or “Top 25” lists of South Carolina Super Lawyers®. This list represents the ten lawyers in South Carolina who received the highest recognition in each respective year’s South Carolina Super Lawyers nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process.

Steve also serves as the firm's Assistant General Counsel and Risk Manager.

Member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly's Leadership in Law Award (2012)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business Litigation (2008-2018), "Top 10" (2014), "Top 25" (2013-2015, 2017, 2018), Professional Liability: Defense, Insurance Coverage (2010)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Business Litigation (2013-2015)
  • Selected by his peers as Greenville Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Professional Malpractice (2014, 2017)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law (Defendants), Construction Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law (Defendants), listed more than 10 years
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Insurance (2012-2017), Business Litigation (2016, 2017), Tax and Estate, Construction (2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of South Carolina Leaders, General Commercial Litigation (2010-2018)
  • "The Best Lawyers in the Upstate" by Greenville magazine
  • Benchmark Litigation, South Carolina Litigation Star (2016-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.



  • South Carolina Special Olympics, Past President
  • Project Host Soup Kitchen, Board of Directors
  • Metropolitan Soccer Association, Legal Advisor
  • St. Giles Soccer Club, Legal Advisor
  • University of Richmond Athletic Alumni Association
  • University of Virginia Athletic Alumni Association
  • Leadership Greenville, Member Board of Regents
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Commerce, 1977
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Virginia
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Board Chair (2016-2017), President (2015-2016), Secretary-Treasurer (2013-2014), Senior Director (2011-2013), Director (2009-2011), and Vice-President (2007-2009)
  • Defense Research Institute, Board of Directors (2014-2017)
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Board of Directors (2014-2017)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • South Carolina Bar Lawyers Trust Fund (2007 - 2012 ), Chair (2007 - 2010)
  • South Carolina Bar Task Force on Courts and Business Courts Subcommittee
  • South Carolina Bar Professionalism Subcommittee, Past Chair
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Academic Honors
  • T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, Past President of the Student Bar Association
  • McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Past President

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