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Meet Milton D. Stratos II

As a South Carolina trial lawyer I represent clients in a wide range of matters, from wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, and premises liability cases to sexual harassment. I represent innocent people who have been wronged, and my role is to hold responsible parties accountable.

A premises liability case arises when a powerful entity has knowledge of a defect that could needlessly cause physical harm or death, for example, a trip hazard or a fire hazard, but the entity fails to mitigate the risk by fixing the defect, by implementing a new procedure or simply warning of the risk.

I take pride in aggressively representing my clients with integrity, competence, and humility. When I’m not practicing law, I am spending time with my growing family, or enjoying the outdoors.

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"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."
-Anonymous, Actual Client

What inspired you to become an attorney?

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.

Tell us about your practice

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.

What is the most satisfying aspect of being a personal injury lawyer?

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.

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • “Fish On!”, MALABU, Charleston School of Law Maritime Journal, March 2006
  • “Effective Settlement Negotiation Strategy,” Lecture, National Business Institute, February 2020
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury, 2024
  • Member, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, U.S. District Court of South Carolina
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Charleston County Bar Association
  • B.A., Clemson University, 2003
  • J.D., Charleston School of Law, 2007
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