Thomas L. Stephenson
The South Carolina Supreme Court has certified Tom as a specialist in labor and employment law. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina where he served as chair from 2006-2014.
Tom is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in the profession. He also has been listed in both SuperLawyers – South Carolina in every edition since 2008. In 2016, Tom was listed among the Top 10 lawyers in all practice areas for South Carolina. Tom also is listed in Best Lawyers in America, as well as Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for both Litigation: General Commercial and Labor and Employment. He also has been chosen for inclusion in Legal Elite of the Upstate. These are all honors bestowed on attorneys based solely on peer review processes.
Tom also is one of the preeminent business litigators in South Carolina. He was the lead attorney for the prevailing party in Kiriakides v. Atlas Food Systems & Services, Inc., 343 S.C. 587 (2001) – the seminal case in South Carolina on the use of the dissolution statute to provide remedies for minority shareholders. Tom also has extensive experience in litigating catastrophic injuries, professional liability (malpractice), insurance bad faith, and general insurance cases.
In addition to his business litigation and employment law practice, Tom is one of the most sought-after mediators in South Carolina. Tom both mediates and arbitrates disputes in all facets of the law.
Tom Stephenson is a South Carolina native and obtained both his undergraduate and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. After being admitted to the Bar, Tom worked for Haynsworth, Baldwin, Johnson & Greaves (now Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart), as well as Leatherwood, Walker, Todd & Mann (now Smith Moore Leatherwood). In 1993, he and a colleague opened the Greenville office of Nexsen Pruet, where Tom practiced for twenty-one years before starting Stephenson & Murphy.