About Stirling & O’Connell

The law firm of Stirling & O’Connell was formed in 1996 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 sole operator of the firm, aided by legal assistants Donna Dodds and Courtney Kinowski. Donna has been with the practice since 1996. 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.