I primarily handle personal injury and premises liability cases. Most of the time in premises liability cases, I find a corporate failure to maintain the proper safety standards. Once the risk is known, the business has a responsibility to warn or repair it. The cases arise when businesses know of the risk — a trip hazard or a fire hazard, for example – but they fail to address by fixing it, through a simple warning, or implementing a new procedure. Their failure results in physical harm or death.
I’ve learned true humility from my clients, and I am humbled on a daily basis. I’ve also learned that life is short, but life is grand, and never to take anything for granted.
When I’m not practicing law, I enjoy biking, tennis, exercise, and just about any activity in the outdoors. I also enjoy to read and keep up with global politics.
"Milt treated me with respect and kindness from the beginning to the very end. He answered all of my questions and I really felt like I had an advocate."
My grandfather and father were litigation lawyers in Charleston. I grew up in a home that fostered a great respect for the practice of law, and its value in society as a champion of those in need of help. In my home our dinner table conversation often revolved around the law, trial strategy, history, and politics. I can still recall the first time I watched my father zealously argue for his client in open court, and knowing at a young age that I wanted to be a lawyer.
One of my first cases involved a tragic death that occurred during the rollover of a vehicle where a passenger was ejected. I investigated and found a potential defect that I believed caused the rollover. Product defect cases are not easy — it’s a very complex area of law – but we came out on top under challenging circumstances. It was a huge victory. More importantly, it resulted in a global vehicle recall to ensure no one else could be injured by this product. This case made me realize I was doing the right thing, and I developed a real passion for the law.
It’s not necessarily the big monetary win that brings the greatest sense of satisfaction. It is probably the “David-and-Goliath” victories. I take pride in helping the less fortunate. I also find it incredibly satisfying when my client is genuinely satisfied, not only with the outcome but also with the level of service. The client may have no expectations for victory and could care less about the money. All he wants is closure and justice. When I can help a client find justice, I feel truly blessed and rewarded.
Milton D. Stratos II, known as “Milt,” received an undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 2003 and a law degree from Charleston School of Law in 2007. Upon graduation from law school, Milt was awarded Pro Bono Emeritus honors for his charitable work with the residents of Crisis Ministries in Charleston.
Milt’s memberships in various legal groups include the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
Milt approaches each case with a strategic vision and a goal to maximize results for his clients. A third-generation trial attorney and native of Charleston, Milt currently practices personal injury law and has also handled cases of animal and dog bites, defective and dangerous products, and premises liability.
Milt is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He practices in state and federal courts and is a member of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina.
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