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Michael R. Burchstead
Practice Areas:
  • Administrative
  • Civil Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Administrative Adjudications
  • Administrative Agency Practice

Columbia Attorney
Michael R. Burchstead

Phone: 803.256.2660


Languages: English

Michael is a shareholder who brings extensive experience to Collins & Lacy and leads the firm’s Government, Ethics, and Compliance Practice.

He offers counseling and litigation services to governmental entities and agencies, candidates for elective office, as well as individuals and businesses with issues before the various courts and regulators. This work includes:

  • Audits
  • Internal investigations
  • External investigations
  • Regulatory compliance (filings, S.C. Ethics Act, etc.)
  • Representation before administrative tribunals

Michael also represents clients in civil litigation matters before South Carolina state and federal courts.

In his former role as General Counsel for the South Carolina State Ethics Commission (2015-2017), Michael was responsible for prosecuting all civil complaint matters that arose before the Commission, negotiating resolution to these matters, drafting orders for the Commission, handling appeals, and providing advisory opinions to those affected by the Ethics Act. Prior to working with the Commission, Michael prosecuted health care fraud as an Assistant Attorney General for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, from 2011 to 2015. He has also previously worked in civil litigation for two law firms, one in Columbia and one in Washington D.C. In addition to his legal experience, Michael has served as a legislative aide to three different United States Congressmen in Washington D.C.

Licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of South Carolina, Michael received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005 and a B.A. from the College of Charleston in 1999. A native of Sumter, South Carolina, Michael presently resides in Columbia with his wife, Megan, and two children, Vivian and Grant.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for District of South Carolina

Professional, Civic, & Community Involvement

Speaking Engagements

  • “Doing Business with the Government, Ethically”  Featured Guest on SC Public Radio’s South Carolina Business Review; interviewed by host, Mike Switzer, October 10, 2018
  • Presented “Confidentiality, Considerations for Local Attorneys” in Hilton Head as part of the SC Association of County Attorneys Conference on August 5th 2018
  • Presented “Lobbying the SC Legislature: Understanding Where the Lines are Drawn” on October 25th, 2018 in Columbia as part of the South Carolina House’s annual external continuing legal education event
  • Presented to SC Workers’ Compensation Commission and Staff on Ethics Act on November 13th, 2017
  • Presented to Office of Regulatory Staff and Public Service Commission on Ethics Act on October 3rd, 2017

Practice Areas

  • Government, Ethics, & Compliance
  • Professional Liability


  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Municipalities


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • College of Charleston, B.A. English

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Collins & Lacy, P.C.

1330 Lady Street
Sixth Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
United States

Law Firm Contact: Joel Collins, Jr. / Christian Stegmaier

Tel: 803.256.2660

Fax: 803.771.4484



Member Since: 1996

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