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Paul W. Garfinkel

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Paul W. Garfinkel has served the state of South Carolina as an OSHA State Judge and a Family Court Judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit. He has particular skills representing the firm’s clients in business, real estate, and regulatory matters, as well as an arbitrator and mediator in alternate dispute resolution.

Judicial Career

  • OSHA State Judge
    • Hearing Officer, 1991-1995
    • Chief Judge, 1992-1994
  • Family Court Judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit, Seat #2, 1995-2014

Earlier Career

  • Private Practice, 1970-1989
  • Associated with Riesen Law Offices, 1989-1995
  • Member of National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges , including National Trustee, 2003-2009
  • Inns of Court, 2012-present
  • Charleston School of Law Advisory Board, 2010-2020

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, 1971
  • U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005


  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) from MUSC, 2005
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1970
  • University of South Carolina, A.B. Sociology, 1967

Articles / case studies

  • Family Drug Treatment Courts and Social Determinants of Health, co-author, 50 Fam. Ct. Rev. 137
  • Editorial Board 2nd and 4th Editions of Marital Litigation in South Carolina