Val Stieglitz practices in the areas of business torts, unfair competition, commercial, intellectual property, trade secrets, insurance, and products liability litigation. He has broad experience in all aspects of these types of cases, from injunctive proceedings through trial and appeal. He has also mediated and arbitrated a wide range of business and personal injury claims. Val is the leader of the firm's Business Litigation Group, which by itself would count as one of the largest law firms in South Carolina. He herds a lot of cats.
Val's case experience includes:Class actions;
•Business tort claims;
•Bad faith and breach of contract claims involving life, accident, and disability policies;
•Product liability claims involving automobile tires, forklifts and other construction equipment, Propane tanks, gasoline nozzles, cranes, nails, human tissue transplants, electrical equipment;
•UCC breach of warranty claims involving a wide variety of goods;
•Tobacco Escrow and MSA litigation;
•Trademark and Lanham Act claims involving a wide variety of marks and advertising;
•Employee defection, non-compete, trade secret and employee loyalty claims;
•Lender liability and related contract and tort claims.
Val received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Order of Barristers. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a journalist for several South Carolina newspapers and operated his own statewide syndicated news service.
Val's undergraduate and graduate education was at the College of William & Mary and the University of South Carolina, where he obtained degrees in International Relations. He is currently the firm's representative to the LAWorld law firm network. LAWorld is affiliated with the Yangtzejian Legal Network, an association of Chinese law firms with representatives throughout China. Val participates in professional activities in China throughout this network, and coordinates Nexsen Pruet's initiatives directed to assisting Chinese businesses in their US matters.
Recognitions•Best Lawyers in America 2013
•South CarolinaSuper Lawyers 2009
•Legal Elite of the Midlands - International Law, 2012
Recently Val has worked on matters with:
- a large multi-national bio-tech agriculture company
- a national railway equipment leasing and servicing company
- several national and international insurers
- local, regional and national banks and financial institutions
- several Chinese manufacturers and importers
- and an international firearms company
Outside Nexsen Pruet
In 1966, Val's family moved to London from Miami, Florida. England was hosting the soccer World Cup that year, for the first time, and the entire country was in a huge fever over the event. Val's family arrived shortly before the tournament began, and he became enthralled with the color and excitement of it all - as England won the World Cup for its first and only time.
He immediately bought a cheap soccer ball and started kicking it around his backyard. After a year, his family moved from London to a small town on the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales, where they lived for nearly two years, and where he played soccer almost every day.
Playing competitive soccer became a lifelong pursuit for Val - he played for William & Mary and the University of South Carolina when his family returned to the U.S., and has continued competing in amateur leagues in South Carolina for over thirty years, traveling to tournaments in the Southeast, and playing in the U.S. Veteran's Cup. He avidly follows the English Premier League, and becomes deeply involved in the World Cup every four years.
Val also reads history, travels with his family, plays golf, and enjoys walking with a dog - preferably a Golden Retriever or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Speaking & Writing
Related InsightsMediating the High-Emotion Case
February 14, 2013
•An Unfortunate Surprise
November 5, 2012
•Update on State Statutes Restricting Out-of-State Arbitrations
March 4, 2014Overview
Val is the author of Unfair Competition - The Migrating Insurance Agent, published by the International Association of Defense Counsel in 1995; The Tort Law Desk Reference - South Carolina; and numerous articles and papers on topics such as trademark and patent damages, enforcement of arbitration agreements, personal jurisdiction, enforcement of judgments in foreign countries, business courts, effective mediation and other business-related subjects. He is also a frequent speaker on business topics.