Before attending college, Stephan Futeral served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1985 and the United States Army National Guard from 1985 to 1987. While in the military, Mr. Futeral worked with strategic nuclear weapons and was a tactical satellite communications operator in the European Theater. He was also a member of the 440 Armor Unit, Fort Carson, Colorado. Further, he participated in such mass military exercises as Return of Forces to Germany and Desert Chief III. In 1990, Mr. Futeral graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Business Administration. Throughout his attendance of the College of Charleston, he was a member of the National Dean's List. In 1990, he received the Outstanding Student Award. He also received the National Collegiate Business Merit Award and the All-American Scholarship Award. Mr. Futeral is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Fraternity.
In 1993, Mr. Futeral received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Futeral was a member of the Moot Court Bar and the Order of the Barristers. He also was a student editor of the American Bar Association's Real Property and Trust Journal.
After graduating law school and being admitted to the South Carolina Bar, Mr. Futeral worked for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Thereafter, he practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina for several years until returning to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Futeral is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law. He has written articles for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine and the American Bar Association Magazine. Further, he has published a legal annotation regarding the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act in South Carolina Jurisprudence. He has been an instructor for the South Carolina Mandatory Magistrate's School and, in 1997, taught the paralegal certification program in Charleston sponsored by the University of South Carolina. Mr. Futeral frequently lectures to non-lawyers and attorneys on such topics as personal injury practice and employment law.
Mr. Futeral handles all types of legal matters in state and including: Business Matters ( incorporations, unfair trade practices, business matters, commercial law, breach of contract matters, and trade secrets ); Employment Law ( covenants not to compete, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage claims ); Personal Injury ( automobile accidents, aviation accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, nursing home abuse, worker's compensation, premises liability, fraud and misrepresentation, and defective products ); Criminal Defense ( DUI / DUS defense, drug charges, collar crimes, felonies, and misdemeanors ); Consumer Law ( consumer protection, truth in lending, fair debt collection, and fair credit reporting matters ); Family Law ( child custody cases, divorce, alimony, child support and visitation, and legal separation ); and Real Estate & Construction Law ( quiet title actions, mechanic's liens, and construction litigation )