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Michael R. Burchstead
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage

Columbia Attorney
Michael R. Burchstead

Phone: 803.256.2660


Languages: English

Michael 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.

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
  • Administrative Law


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

Bar and Court Admissions

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

Professional, Civic, and Community Involvement

Speaking Engagements

  • Presented “Confidentiality, Considerations for Local Attorneys” in Hilton Head as part of the SC Association of County Attorneys Conference on August 5th 2018
  • Presented to SC Workers’ Compensation Commission and Staff on Ethics Act on November 13th, 2017

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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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