Steve Spitz – South Carolina commercial and real estate attorney

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Stephen A. Spitz, Esq.*

Senior Counsel

Stephen A. Spitz, Esq. is Senior Counsel for Saxton & Stump practicing under the name Spitz & Neville in the firm’s Charleston office. He focuses his practice in real estate, property, and equity, and is an experienced appellate advocate 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.

Steve has been a part of the South Carolina business and legal communities for over 40 years. During this time, he has developed strong relationships built on trust with students, business owners, attorneys, insurance professionals, and other community leaders. He has represented individuals, as well as some of the largest businesses in South Carolina, including the State of South Carolina, both in trial court, and on the appellate level.

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 the South Carolina Masters in Equity Bench Bar Seminar held each fall in Columbia, South Carolina. Steve is the primary author of the only casebook on real estate litigation issues in South Carolina.

*Admitted only 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 News

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

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