Irving Steinberg founded Steinberg Law Firm in 1927. As one of the first Jewish attorneys in Charleston, Steinberg experienced discrimination and this inspired him to assist another disenfranchised group during that time — African Americans.
The firm began handling criminal and civil cases, and in the early 1920’s, Steinberg became interested in workers compensation law. There were, however, no workers compensation laws on the books at the time. Steinberg and other South Carolina attorneys then gathered statutes from other states and lobbied to add a similar law in South Carolina in 1936.
Over the next two decades, the firm grew to include partners Hugo Spitz, Irvin Levkoff and Charles Goldberg — and the team continued its commitment to advancing workers compensation laws. These attorneys founded several industry organizations that are still active today, including the S.C Association for Justice (formally the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association) and Injured Workers’ Advocates.
Steinberg continued fighting for the rights of injured people until his death in 1980. And his legacy lives on in the firm that still bears his name.
Since the late 1970’s, Steinberg has added seven partners to the firm — David Pearlman (1976), Tom White (1980), J. Kevin Holmes (1985), Malcolm Crosland (1987), Steven Goldberg (1993), and Michael Jordan (2014).
The main office is still located at 61 Broad Street, which the firm has called home for since 1927. Two additional offices in Goose Creek and Summerville serve the firm’s clientele.
Steinberg attorneys have been awarded numerous distinctions, such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America by U.S.News & World Report, Gedney M. Howe, Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service, the SC Leadership in Law award, and has been voted Best Workers’ Comp Firm in SC, among other distinctions.
The firm is devoted to giving back to the community by assisting with charities, such as the Lowcountry Food Bank, Tricounty Family Ministries, and Reading Partners.