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Michael P. O'Connell
  • Sole Practitioner


Mount Pleasant, SC



(843) 577-9826


Everyone is entitled to good legal counsel, and Michael O’Connell offers just that. He is equipped to navigate challenging circumstances and has helped resolve hundreds of cases—from conspiracy to matters of custody and everything in between. Michael has been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1997 and received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2016. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and a former member of the Resolution of Fees Disputes Board for the South Carolina Bar.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1979


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Belmont Abbey College,
    • B.A., - 1968

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1997
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Review Board, Member and Administrative Law Judge, 1986 to 1989
  • District of South Carolina, Assistant Federal Defender, 1991 to 1996
  • Charleston County, Chief Public Defender, 1980 to 1982
  • South Carolina Bar, Fees Disputes Board

Past Employment Positions

  • US Army, Vietnam, Sergeant, 1969 to 1971
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, The Citadel, 1992 to 1994
  • National Criminal Defense College, Faculty Member at the Trial Practice Institute, 1992 to 1995