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Michael R. Burchstead
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage

Columbia Attorney
Michael R. Burchstead

Phone: 803.256.2660


Languages: English

Michael is Special Counsel in the firm’s Columbia office, where he focuses on governmental services, professional liability defense, and insurance coverage.

Michael brings extensive experience to Collins & Lacy in the area of governmental services, where he offers counseling and litigation services to governmental entities, candidates for elective office, and individuals and businesses with issues before the government. 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.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability


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

Bar & Court Admissions

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


  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Municipalities
  • Subrogation

Practice Focus/Trial Experience

  • Insurance Coverage: representing American and international insurance companies in litigation involving coverage disputes, first party claims, commercial liability, errors and omissions and bad faith claims.
  • Professional Liability: defending individuals in various professions including insurance, healthcare, the financial sector and others
  • Governmental Services: offering counseling and litigation services to governmental entities, candidates for elective office, and individuals and businesses with issues before the government

Professional, Civic, & Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Bar Association
    – Government Law Section
  • U.S. District Court – District of South Carolina
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, Worship Committee
  • United States Tennis Association

Contact This Firm

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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