Michael J. Giese

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Prior to joining Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann, P.C., Mr. Giese was a Law Clerk to Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1974-1975). Mr. Giese is presently a member of the South Carolina Commission on Lawyer Conduct (2003 - present). He was a member of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, South Carolina Supreme Court (1990-1993) and served as a member of its Executive Committee (1993-1997).


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., Economics - Mathematics, College of St. Thomas, 1969


  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • South Carolina


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business Litigation (2008-2014)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Business Litigation (2013, 2014)   
  • Selected by his peers as Greenville Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.):
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2011)
    • Real Estate Litigation (2014)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants), listed 20 years
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of South Carolina Leaders, Litigation, 2009, General Commercial Litigation (2010-2014)
  • Recommended as a Litigation Star for commercial litigation by Benchmark: Litigation, the Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Member, Board of Editors, SC Law Review (1973-1974)    
  • Society of Wig & Robe (Scholastic Honorary)
  • Cy Young Award (Outstanding Third Year Student)

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional Memberships

  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow