Val H. 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. Mr. Stieglitz is the coordinator of the firm's Business Litigation Group.
Mr. Stieglitz's case experience includes:
- class actions;
- 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.
Mr. Stieglitz 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.
Mr. Stieglitz'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 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.
- Best Lawyers in America® 2013
- South Carolina Super Lawyers 2009
- "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - International Law, 2012
- International Association of Defense Counsel - Current Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
- International Association of Defense Counsel - Former Chair, Business Litigation Committee.
- International Association of Defense Counsel - Former Chair, Intellectual Property Committee.
- LAWorld, an international legal network - Two-time Board of Directors Member. (LAWorld is affiliated with the Yangtzejian Legal Network, an association of Chinese law firms with representatives throughout China. Mr. Stieglitz participates in professional activities in China throughout this network, and coordinates Nexsen Pruet's initiatives directed to assisting Chinese businesses in their US matters.)
Monsanto Corporation; Marmon Holdings (Union Tank Car Company, Sterling Crane, Perfection Clutch); Progressive Insurance Company; Nationwide Insurance Company; AFLAC; General Casualty Insurance Company; Anderson Brothers Bank; CapitalBank; First Bank; CountyBank; Community Tissue Services; ; Nantong Huasheng Plastic Products, LLC; China Direct International; Tarkett, Inc.; Bil-Jax, Inc.; FN Manufacturing, Inc.; Performance, Ag, LLC; Hong Kong Juno International, LLC
- Mediating the High-Emotion Case
It is well-recognized, by both practitioners and academic commentators, that mediation involves a far different dynamic than trial. Given the fact that mediation continues to expand as a primary means of resolving disputes, and trial continues to recede as means of resolving disputes, lawyers must become conversant with, and comfortable with, the special dynamics of mediation. One of the main forces woven throughout all aspects of mediation is – Emotion.
- "An Unfortunate Surprise: When an Arbitration Agreement Exposes Your Client to the Threat of Litigation in Perpetuity"
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Val Stieglitz and Matt DeAntonio authored an article detailing how a string of State court
appellate opinions have turned the predictability of arbitration "on its head."
- "Can Foreign Companies Pursue Claims in American Courts for Anticompetitive Conduct by American Companies Occurring Abroad?"
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Val Stieglitz and Sima Bhakta Patel author an update on litigation developments involving the Sherman Act and the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act.
- Global Litigation Turns the Spotlight on the Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine When Foreign Plaintiffs Sue U.S. Corporations in U.S. Courts
In IADC's International Committee newsletter, Val Stieglitz and Sima Patel discuss the growing number of litigation cases involving parties from different countries and tactics available to defendants in such circumstances.
- Overcoming The Vanishing Trial: A Trial Lawyer’s Skills Are More Vital Than Ever to Success at Mediation
In an article for IADC's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee newsletter, Val H. Stieglitz discusses why a lawyers' trial skills are more important than ever in successfully mediating cases.
- Mediating the Low-Dollar, High-Emotional-Content Case
In IADC's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee newsletter, Val H. Stieglitz provides insight on mediating emotionally driven cases.
- Helping Chinese Manufacturers of Consumer Products Navigate the New U.S. Regulatory Environment
Val Stieglitz discusses the practical challenges and solutions for Chinese manufacturers of consumer products and the new U.S. regulatory system.
- Business Courts - Coming to a State Near You
Scott D. Marrs, Val H. Stieglitz, and James E. Rogers look at business courts, which are gaining renewed vitality during the current economic crisis.
- Fiduciary Duty Newsletter - April 2009
The Nexsen Pruet Fiduciary Duty & Trade Secret Newsletter deals with topics of current interest in these two areas of the law that are critical to businesses and the people who manage, own, and direct businesses.
- Human Tissue Litigation: Where is the Injury?
Val H. Stieglitz & Angelica M. Colwell co-authored an article published in International Association of Defense Counsel Committee Newsletter, No. 9 entitled Human Tissue Litigation: Where is the Injury? (March 2007).
- Litigating Arbitration Clauses: Watch the Wording
- Who Owns the Invention?
Law firm websites and personal jurisdiction
- Defending Against Foreign Nationals Suing in U.S. Courts For Injuries in Foreign Countries
- Conducting Discovery and Enforcing Judgments Abroad
- Unfair Competition: The Migrating Insurance Agent
- College of William & Mary, University of South Carolina, B.A., 1974
- University of South Carolina, M.A. (ABT), 1977
- University of South Carolina, J.D., 1984
Bar & Court Admissions
- South Carolina
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Civic & Professional Memberships
- American Bar Association
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar