Stephen A. Spitz, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Stephen A. Spitz, Esq. is senior counsel for Saxton & Stump in the firm’s Charleston, S.C. office. He focuses his practice in real estate, property, and equity, in South Carolina. He is certified as a mediator in both the state and federal systems in South Carolina, where he assists parties in resolving disputes. He is the founder of the former law firm Spitz & Neville, which merged with Saxton & Stump in 2022.

Steve has been a part of the South Carolina business and legal communities for a number of years.. During this time, he has developed relationships with former students, business owners, attorneys, insurance professionals, and other community leaders. He has represented individuals, as well as various businesses in South Carolina and government entities in the State of South Carolina. .

Steve is a former professor of law at the University of South Carolina Law School, where he taught for 27 years, and the Charleston School of Law, where he taught for 10 years. Steve chaired Gov. Mark Sanford’s and Gov. Richard Riley’s committees on water issues in South Carolina, and was appointed special counsel for the Governor’s Interstate Water Negotiating Team with the State of Georgia. He also received Gov. Riley’s Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the State of South Carolina, and was honored with the J. Lee McDonald Distinguished Service Award from the Palmetto Land Title Association in 1996.

Steve is a regular speaker at various South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminars on the topics of real estate litigation, property law, and equity, including speaking several times to the South Carolina Masters in Equity Bench Bar Seminar in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also one of the authors of a  casebook on real estate litigation issues in South Carolina.


University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1974

University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1969

Bar Admissions

South Carolina


Court Admissions

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court


South Carolina Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Past Chair

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Palmetto Land Title Association

American Judicature Society

South Carolina Supreme Court Committee on the Legal Profession, Former Member

South Carolina Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competence, Former Member

Selected Publications

Real Estate Transactions: Cases & Materials. South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education Division. Co-author. 2010.

Waters and Water Rights. Vol. 8. Chapter on Water Law in South Carolina. Contributing author. 2005.

“When the Well is Dry, We Really Find Out the Value of Water,” Gov. Mark Sanford’s Water Law Committee Report, Principal Draftsman, 2004.

“Spitz’s Ultimate Equitable Maxim: In Equity, Good Guys Should Win and Bad Guys Should Lose,” Co-author, South Carolina Law Review, 2004.

Environmental Litigation, 2nd Edition. ABA Book Publishing. Consulting editor. 1999.

“Recommendations on Water in the State of South Carolina,” Gov. Richard Riley’s Committee Report, 1982.

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Equity Principles,” 2019 Masters-in-Equity Bench Bar Seminar, South Carolina Bar CLE Division, Columbia, South Carolina, October 11, 2019

“Recent Equity Cases in S.C. 2017 -2018,” Hilton Head Island Bar Association Super Continuing Legal Education Weekend, Hilton Head, SC, February 5, 2018

“Equity Law Update,” 2017 Masters-in-Equity Bench Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, October 13, 2017

“Thinking About August 27, 2015 and the States of Georgia and North Dakota and Federal EPA: the Strange Ongoing Tale of the ‘Waters of the United States,’” South Carolina Bar Convention, Charleston, South Carolina, January 22, 2016

“Equity Case Law Update,” Best Practices from the Masters-in-Equity, 2015 Masters-in-Equity Bench Bar, Columbia, South Carolina, November 13, 2015

“State and Regional Water Management and Planning,” South Carolina Water Laws and Regulations, Columbia, South Carolina, November 13, 2015

“Issues Before the HOA Study Committee,” Homeowners Association Study Committee, Columbia, South Carolina, October 19, 2015

“Real Estate Case Law Update,” Charleston County Bar Association Real Estate Practice Section MCLE Seminar, Charleston, South Carolina, February 19, 2015

“Equity Case Law Update,” Masters-in-Equity Bench Bar Seminar, South Carolina Bar CLE Division, Columbia, South Carolina, October 10, 2014

Stay In Touch

Stay informed with firm updates, legal news, and industry resources sent directly to your inbox.


230 South Broad Street, Suite #1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 925-2500
Fax: (215) 925-6471


4250 Crums Mill Road, Suite #201
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: (717) 216-5505
Fax: (717) 547-1900


151 Meeting Street, Suite #350
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 414-5080
Fax: (843) 580-8303


280 Granite Run Drive, Suite #300
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 556-1000
Fax: (717) 441-3810


100 Deerfield Lane, Suite #240
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: (484) 328-8500
Fax: (484) 713-5241

Send us a message

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This