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:
•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.
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2013
•Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2009
• Legal Elite of the Midlands - International Law, 2012
Speaking & Writing
•Mediating the High-Emotion Case
February 14, 2013
•An Unfortunate Surprise
November 5, 2012
•Update on State Statutes Restricting Out-of-State Arbitrations
March 4, 2014
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.
He is a frequent contributor to IADC Committee Newsletters:
•Author, South Carolina Decides Case of First Impression in Recurring Area of Promoter Liability, January 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution -
•Author, Update on State Statutes Restricting 'Out-of-State' Arbitrations, February 2014
•Co-Author, An Unfortunate Surprise: When an Arbitration Agreement Exposes Your Client to the Threat of Litigation in Perpetuity, November 2012
•Co-Author, Overcoming The Vanishing Trial: A Trial Lawyer’s Skills Are More Vital Than Ever to Success at Mediation, January 2011
•Co-Author, Can Foreign Companies Pursue Claims in American Courts for Anticompetitive Conduct by American Companies Occurring Abroad? An Update on Recent (and Evolving) Developments, October 2012
•Co-Author, Global Litigation Turns the Spotlight on the Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine When Foreign Plaintiffs Sue U.S. Corporations in U.S. Courts, November 2011
Product Liability -
•Co-Author, Human Tissue Litigation: Where is the Injury?, March 2007
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Tim volunteers with JDRF, working to cure Type 1 diabetes. “I don’t have a personal connection to Type 1 diabetes; I just believe in JDRF and the people associated with it.” His involvement started years ago with a JDRF “Ride to Cure Diabetes” bicycle ride. Since then, he has served for five years as the National Head Coach for JDRF’s Ride program and for three years as the national chair of JDRF’s Ride Committee. He was recently elected to JDRF’s International Board of Directors. “The Ride to Cure is a powerful effort. It fundraises for JDRF, but it also provides the opportunity to show that we're going to turn Type One into Type None. After that, we'll have one more Ride, just to celebrate that we did it.”