Matthew C. LaFave, Esq.

lafavebigPractice Areas

  • Dispute Resolution (Mediation)
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Disputes
  • Products Liability
  • Business and Contract Disputes
  • Subrogation

Matt LaFave has practiced law in South Carolina since his admission to the Bar in 2006 following his graduation from Michigan State University College of Law. He has spent his entire career practicing as a civil litigator in Columbia, South Carolina and devotes the majority of his practice to civil defense. Matt has represented both individual and corporate clients in almost every county in South Carolina. He has obtained jury verdicts favorable to both individual and corporate clients in a variety of tort cases in both South Carolina state courts as well as the United States Federal District Court.

Matt focuses the majority of his practice in insurance defense, corporate defense, premises liability, coverage disputes, contract disputes, worker’s compensation defense, and products liability successfully advocating for his clients is the most gratifying part of his practice regardless of which side he is standing. Let Matt utilize his trial and litigation experience to serve you, call (803) 724-5727 or email ( to see if he can be of assistance.

As a certified mediator, Matt’s knowledge of jury verdicts in all corners of South Carolina as well as his knowledge of the worker’s compensation system is well suited for alternative dispute resolution in either context. Let Matt put his civil litigation and worker’s compensation experience to work as your next mediator, call (803) 724-5727 or for more information.

Recent Jury Trials

2013: Defense Verdict obtained in Jasper County on behalf of a restaurant accused of failing to properly maintain an entrance door resulting in alleged bodily injury.
2013: Defense Verdict obtained in Federal District Court on behalf of business accused of defamation and tortious interference with a contract.
2015: Defense verdict obtained in Barnwell County on behalf of a grocery store accused of defamation and false imprisonment.
2016: Defense verdict obtained in Horry County on behalf of a grocery store accused of negligence when a customer struck another customer with a motorized shopping cart.


Claims Litigation Management Member 2014-Present
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Member 2014-Present
Co-Chair Workers’ Compensation Committee, National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association 2017-Present
South Carolina Supreme Court, Certified Circuit Court Mediator – 2013
Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rating™ AV® Preeminent™
2016, 2018 Columbia Business Magazine® Legal Elite of the Midlands
Certified Litigation Management Professional 2017

Bar and Court Admissions

South Carolina Bar, 2006
United States District Court, District Court of South Carolina 2008


Michigan State University School of Law, J.D., 2006
Michigan State University, B.A. 2000


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