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Stephen F. (Steve) McKinney


1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29201-3226

Steve McKinney helps businesses, professionals and governmental agencies avoid litigation and resolve disputes involving contracts and liability claims. 

He handles every aspect of dispute avoidance and resolution—from liability planning and contract drafting to claims assessment, prosecution and defense. 

Mr. McKinney’s clients include industrial and healthcare product manufacturers—such as DuPont, Cephalon Pharmaceuticals, Rhodia and GlaxoSmithKline—as well as major regional, national and international insurers, and governmental and professional services organizations.

Mr. McKinney has helped clients:

  • mediate and negotiate a multimillion dollar contract-pricing dispute
  • prosecute unfair-competition claims
  • protect proprietary and confidential business information, and avoid crippling production costs, in response to subpoenas from a business competitor.

Mr. McKinney is a leader in the business-law community.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), currently serving as chairman of its Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; and in South Carolina Super Lawyers® - Business Litigation

He has published articles relating to the use of economic experts, and the rights of businesses in protecting electronically stored information.

He has served on the faculty of the IADC Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford University.

Mr. McKinney is also a leader in his home community.  He is an adult literacy tutor with the Greater Columbia Literacy Council and an active member of the Columbia Dispute Resolution Council. 

Mr. McKinney is a member and former officer in the Columbia Forum of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and serves as president of the Quaternion Scholarship Fund. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Furman University.  Mr. McKinney serves as an elder, Sunday School teacher and active layman in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

The Unsignaled Intersection at 26 & 45: How to Safely Guide Third Parties Across the E-Discovery Superhighway 75 DEF. COUNS. J. 228 (2008)

Whose Needle? Whose Haystack?: Cost Allocation in Electronic Discovery

The Defense Research Institute
Georgia Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association


Phone 803.540.7742

Fax 803.765.1243

1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29201-3226