Criminal Defense, Personal Injury & Family Law

The law firm of Stirling & O'Connell was formed in 1995 by attorneys Michael P. O'Connell and Ann M. Stirling. The husband and wife team practiced together until Ann's retirement in 2015. Today, Michael is the firm's sole operator, aided by legal assistants Donna Dodds and Courtney Kinowski. Donna has been with the practice since 1995. The firm is located in Mount Pleasant and serves clients throughout South Carolina.

Michael has been chosen by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America in criminal defense every year since 1997. He has been rated AV Preeminent*, the highest rating possible, under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system for the past 20 years. He has been selected for inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers list; a distinction limited to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state. The majority of the firm's cases are referrals from other law firms.

Michael is a Vietnam veteran, serving in Military Intelligence from 1969 until 1971. He has served as a faculty member at the Trial Practice Institute for the National Criminal Defense College and as an adjunct political science professor for The Citadel. He was also an administrative law judge for the South Carolina Department of Labor and heard and decided occupational health and safety charges brought by the Department against employers.

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*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Michael P. O'Connell

Attorney Michael O’Connell, owner of Stirling & O’Connell and QDRO Solutions, LLC, has represented hundreds of clients in Family, State and Federal Courts during his over forty-year legal career here in South Carolina. Michael has a proven track record as a successful Criminal Defense and Family Law attorney, which is evidenced by his continued delegation as a Super Lawyer, as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney by America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, his rank as a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney in the area of White Collar Crime by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). Michael is also well respected within the legal community and was recently recognized by his peers and awarded the 2020 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. O’Connell’s knowledge of the law and proven excellence in the legal field has placed his clients in a strong position to navigate their legal needs and achieve the best possible outcome for their particular set of circumstances.

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A person accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We represent and defend clients accused of the most serious offenses, such as murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, mail fraud, wire fraud and many others.

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