Personal Injury Lawyer David Pearlman

David T. Pearlman

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The two words that define my practice are passion and commitment — a passion for helping my clients recover, and a steadfast commitment to getting them back to work and supporting their families.

David Pearlman has spent his entire life observing the dignity of and respect for the law, thanks to the example of his father, the Honorable Gus H. Pearlman, who was probate judge for Charleston County for 35 years. “He taught me that everybody deserves respect, dignity, and equal justice, no matter their background,” David says. He has spent his entire career trying to ensure that “justice for all” means just that, beginning even before going into practice by marching for civil and workers’ rights as a student at both the University of Georgia and George Washington University.

After receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1976, David joined the Steinberg Law Firm. “Irving Steinberg founded the firm to help the working people of South Carolina,” he says, “which is why it’s always been the perfect place for me to practice law.” In 1980, he became a partner of the firm.

David has been a member of the South Carolina Bar for more than 40 years and has won landmark cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. He has been credited in protecting working people through victories against some of the country’s largest corporations.

David served as an adjunct professor of workers’ compensation law at the Charleston School of Law for two years, has lectured about workers’ rights, and served on numerous committees devoted to such concerns, including as legislative chairperson for South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates (IWA) for the last 12 years. He is a past recipient of the Gedney M. Howe Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service and a 2011 and 2017 honorable recipient of the Leadership in Law recognition by Lawyers Weekly. For over a decade, he has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America and has been nominated by his peers as a Super Lawyer year after year. He also holds the highest professional and ethical rating (AV) in Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious legal directory.

Not only is David highly respected by his peers; he is deeply loved by his staff because of his character and passion for helping people. He is a champion in his profession and dedicated to community outreach. Among his volunteer activities, he helps local first responders and law enforcement personnel cope with mental injuries sustained as a result of their jobs. He also supports the Trident Literacy Association, which helps adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy by helping them acquire vital life skills.

David and his wife of 39 years, Janet, live on Sullivan’s Island and have two children. He is proud to say that their children are following his family’s tradition of legal service: Their daughter is a lawyer in Chicago, and their son is a lawyer in New York City.

Education

  • University of Georgia
  • George Washington University

We hired David Pearlman to represent my husband and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. He is kindhearted, loyal, honest and goes over and beyond to help you. My husband is disabled so to make it easier for me Mr. Pearlman has come to our home on numerous occasions and that is just one example of the kindness he’s shown us. We hired him as an attorney but ended up making a new friend in the process.

-Tebrea

Support Staff

  • Shannon Henderson
  • Winnie Snider

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David is a champion in his profession and has been credited with protecting working people through victories against some of the country’s largest corporations.

Recognition

  • Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants; Best Lawyers, 2005-2023
  • Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Attorney; Attorney and Practice; 2022
  • Client’s Choice Award; Avvo; 2022
  • Avvo Rating Award; Avvo; 2022
  • 2022 Super Lawyers Award
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney; Best of the Best Attorneys, 2021
  • Elite Lawyer; Selected by Elite Lawyer, 2021
  • Super Lawyer; Recognized by Super lawyers, 2008-2017, 2020
  • 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction; The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • SC Leadership in Law Awards Honoree, 2017
  • AV Preeminent; Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Leadership in Law; Recognized by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Charleston, SC Lawyer of the Year: Workers Compensation; Best Lawyers 2011
  • Recognition for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication; Injured Workers’ Advocates, 2007

We hired David Pearlman to represent my husband and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. He is kindhearted, loyal, honest and goes over and beyond to help you. My husband is disabled so to make it easier for me Mr. Pearlman has come to our home on numerous occasions and that is just one example of the kindness he’s shown us. We hired him as an attorney but ended up making a new friend in the process.

-Tebrea

David is a champion in his profession and dedicated to community outreach.

Community

David served as an adjunct professor of workers’ compensation law at the Charleston School of Law for two years, has lectured about workers’ rights, and served on numerous committees devoted to such concerns, including as legislative chairperson for South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates (IWA) for the last 12 years. He is a past recipient of the Gedney M. Howe Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service.

Among his volunteer activities, he helps local first responders and law enforcement personnel cope with mental injuries sustained as a result of their jobs. He also supports the Trident Literacy Association, which helps adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy by helping them acquire vital life skills.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Injured Workers’ Advocates; Legislative Chairman; 2004-present
  • Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group; Executive Board; 2010-present
  • Committee to Establish Commuted Value Table by South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission; Member
  • Committee to Establish Mediation in South Carolina by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission; Member
  • American Bar Association; Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association; Member
  • American Association for Justice; Member
  • Injured Workers’ Advocates; Former Executive Board Member
  • Charleston County Bar Association; Past Chairman, Workers’ Compensation section
  • South Carolina Association for Justice; Past chair, Past Chairman of Workers’ Compensation section
  • South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates; Legislative Chair

David has lectured about workers’ rights, and served on numerous committees devoted to such concerns, including as legislative chairperson for South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates (IWA) for the last 12 years.

What Our Clients Say

I couldn’t pick a better law firm to assist me throughout my journey!

I really appreciated what Mr. Pearlman and his team on helping me through my situation. I couldn’t pick a better law firm to assist me throughout my journey! It’s not enough stars on this platform to select for what they really deserve! If anyone looking for a professional team that’ll take your situation as if it’s their own! This will be the perfect Attorney, Paralegal’s team to assist you! Thanks again Mr. David Pearlman, Ms. Winnie, and Ms. Shannon for all what y’all have done for me!!

Choosing the Steinberg Law Firm is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

David Pearlman and his staff, are not only professional and knowledgeable, they are responsive, supportive, compassionate and patient. They handled a workers compensation claim for me and their willingness to offer explanations of the process and keep me informed of every development, quickly created an atmosphere of trust. Their responsiveness to my many phone calls and emails, was swift and thorough, and each encounter I had, left me feeling heard and supported. The process was difficult and frightening, and one I could not have managed without their assistance and guidance. The compassionate nature of each person involved, was instrumental in my well-being and my resolve to see it to conclusion. They gave me hope when I had none and I cannot adequately express my gratitude for everything they did. Perhaps most importantly, they lead with integrity and kindness, instilling trust that you are well taken care of.

David Pearlman and staff did an amazing job!

Not only were they compassionate, they were efficient when dealing with all the aspects of a workers compensation case which resulted in a fatality. I would highly recommend The Steinberg Law Firm.

David Pearlman was very diligent in pursuing the case.

He communicated case developments on a timely basis and suggested alternative approaches when delays were encountered.

Very diligent!

Very diligent in keeping me informed of the status and progress of my workman’s comp case.

There are not enough adjectives in this world to tell you just how incredible Steinberg Law is.

I could not have picked a better firm to represent me in my Workers Compensation case. Attorney David Pearlman is the consummate professional. Mr. Pearlman is incredibly smart and talented and is always there for you. He BELIEVES in you. You will get to know his incredible team who are always there for you as well. And BTW are the kindest and sweetest bunch of people you will ever meet. You know who you are! My case might be over ( and I am extremely happy with the outcome) but I know that I have made friends who will always be there for me. Steinberg law is THE BEST Law firm in Charleston. It’s the people that make the difference and they will make a difference in your life too. Thank you all so very very much!

Dave Pearlman represented me in my Workers Compensation Case.

There were times I would have a question and send him an email after normal work hours and he would respond back to me that night. Sometimes even at 10:00 at night. He listened to what I wanted and fought hard to get me what I got. I would recommend Dave Pearlman and his staff at Steinberg Law Firm for Workers Compensation Cases.

From the first time I met with Mr. Pearlman to the conclusion of my case I felt like I was being taken care of by family!

After a work injury, one always wonders what tomorrow will bring? Will I be able to do what I was trained to do? Will I be able to provide for the needs of my family? It created a sense of helplessness that commanded my every thought. I decided to seek the services of an Attorney for guidance! And for me, that was an easy one! The Steinberg law firm has proven their heart-felt dedication to all of their clients! From the first time I met with Mr. Pearlman, to the conclusion of my case, I felt like I was being taken care of by family! Through Mr. Pearlman I learned that doing, and giving to others Is what life is all about! Thank you Mr. Pearlman, and the rest of the Professionals at the Steinberg Law Firm! You truly are world-class! Charleston is blessed to have you.

A+A+A+A+A+............The BEST it is!!!

David Pearlman and his paralegals are AWESOME!!!…HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!

We hired David Pearlman to represent my husband and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

He is kindhearted, loyal, honest and goes over and beyond to help you. My husband is disabled so to make it easier for me Mr. Pearlman has come to our home on numerous occasions and that is just one example of the kindness he’s shown us. We hired him as an attorney but ended up making a new friend in the process.

I would recommend David Pearlman over any attorney in the land...

Steinberg Law Firm lawyers are the best in Charleston SC! I would recommend David Pearlman over any attorney in the land he’s so caring and loving!

This is the best law firm anyone could ever deal with.

Mr. Pearlman will work hard to get everything that is owed to you. It was a pleasure to have been represented by this firm.

Had a wonderful experience with Mr. Pearlman and his team.

Thank you very much for your diligence and expertise.

David Pearlman is a man of the highest character and a superior attorney.

He is amazingly thorough and covers every detail with polished professionalism. The most trustworthy attorney I have ever met.

A special thank you to Mr. David Pearlman.

I would rate Steinberg Law Firm number one! Their dedication and tireless commitment to their clients is what a client needs, and expects when dealing with personal injuries in the workplace. Their experience with Workers Compensation is invaluable and it results in forcing the employer and their insurance to treat the client fairly. Steinberg Law Firm will not settle until they feel that they have exhausted all means to get the client the best settlement possible. A special thank you to Mr. David Pearlman.

David Pearlman and his staff did an exceptional job on my claim.

They will go the extra mile for you. Mr. Pearlman was honest, patient and steered me in the right direction. A’Riel was always nice and very helpful. I would recommend them to everyone.

David Pearlman and his team were always helpful and courteous.

It was a difficult and sometimes frustrating time for me personally, however, I knew the wheels continued to turn at Steinberg law firm. I felt like I was treated fairly and that my questions were answered in a timely manner. I knew David Pearlman was always in my corner. He has the experience and knowledge to get things done. My experience with the Steinberg Law Firm was a good one. They went to great lengths to make sure that I receive the appropriate help that I needed and deserved. I appreciate their services and expertise. I would recommend the Steinberg Law Firm to everyone.

David Pearlman is an excellent attorney.

David Pearlman is an excellent attorney. He always goes above and beyond for his clients. And, so does his staff. I definitely recommend Steinberg Law Firm and David Pearlman!

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