J. Michael Turner

Mike is an experienced attorney who has represented clients across the state of South Carolina for more than 35 years.  His practice has been varied from simple cases to very complex cases.  He represented David Smith after the tragic loss of his sons at the hands of their mother, Susan Smith.  He represented the Laurens County Healthcare System in successfully defending its right to build a new hospital.   He enjoys helping the disabled obtain their Social Security Disability benefits.  Mike is a Christian and has been very involved in leadership roles in the First Baptist Church of Laurens.

In 2005, Mike was appointed by the S.C. Supreme Court to serve as Vice Chair of the Commission on Lawyer Conduct.  This Commission has jurisdiction over all allegations that a lawyer has committed misconduct.
 
He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys boating, swimming and deer hunting.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Commission on Lawyer Conduct (1995 – present)
Judge, City of Laurens (1986 – 1991)
Chief Page of the South Carolina House of Representatives

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Laurens County Council Member (1977-1983)
Member, First Baptist Church of Laurens
Chairman of the Board of Deacons, First Baptist Church of Laurens
Vice Chairman of the Board of Deacons, First Baptist Church of Laurens
Chair of the Finance Committee, First Baptist Church of Laurens
Chair of the Personnel Committee, First Baptist Church of Laurens
Trustee of the Church, First Baptist Church of Laurens

HONORS/AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

Order of Wig and Robe
AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, representing the highest level of legal ability and ethics

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Worker’s Compensation, Divorce, Custody, Adoptions

SIGNIFICANT CASES

  • Toussaint v. Laurens County Healthcare System, 489 U.S. 1014, 109 S. Ct. 1126)
  • Simmons v. Ciba-Gigy Corporation, 279 S.C. 26, 302 S.E.2d 17
  • Duckett v. Goforth, 374 S.C. 446, 649 S.E2d 72
  • James Richard Miles v. Theodora Miles, 393 S.C. 111, 711 S.E.2d 880(2011)

BAR/COURT ADMISSIONS

1974, South Carolina
1975, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
1989, U.S. Supreme Court 

EDUCATION

University of South Carolina, J.D., 1974
University of South Carolina, B.S., 1971

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Laurens Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives