J. Benjamin Stevens


Contact

The Stevens Firm, P.A.

Locations

The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
349 E. Main Street, Suite 200
Spartanburg SC, 29302
Phone: (864) 598-9172
Fax: (864) 598-9264
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Introduction

Mr. Stevens is the Senior Partner at The Stevens Firm, P.A. in Spartanburg, SC, where his exclusive area of practice is family law. He currently serves as the AAML’s Technology Director and is a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Stevens is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is a Board Certified Family Trial Advocate by The National Board of Trial Advocacy. He currently serves as an officer on the South Carolina Bar’s Family Law Council, and he previously served two terms as Chair of the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice. Mr. Stevens is a certified Family Court Arbitrator and Mediator and has completed the AAML's Advanced Mediation Training, and he handles divorce, child custody, and other complex family law cases all across South Carolina.

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

Map

Counties

  • Abbeville, South Carolina
  • Aiken, South Carolina
  • Allendale, South Carolina
  • Anderson, South Carolina
  • Bamberg, South Carolina
  • Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Berkeley, South Carolina
  • Calhoun, South Carolina
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cherokee, South Carolina
  • Chester, South Carolina
  • Chesterfield, South Carolina
  • Clarendon, South Carolina
  • Colleton, South Carolina
  • Darlington, South Carolina
  • Dillon, South Carolina
  • Dorchester, South Carolina
  • Edgefield, South Carolina
  • Fairfield, South Carolina
  • Florence, South Carolina
  • Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Hampton, South Carolina
  • Horry, South Carolina
  • Jasper, South Carolina
  • Kershaw, South Carolina
  • Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Laurens, South Carolina
  • Lee, South Carolina
  • Lexington, South Carolina
  • Marion, South Carolina
  • Marlboro, South Carolina
  • McCormick, South Carolina
  • Newberry, South Carolina
  • Oconee, South Carolina
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Pickens, South Carolina
  • Richland, South Carolina
  • Saluda, South Carolina
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Sumter, South Carolina
  • Union, South Carolina
  • Williamsburg, South Carolina
  • York, South Carolina

Legal Organizations

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (2015 - Present)
  • South Carolina Bar Family Law Council (2012 - Present)
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Family Law Section Chair (2010 - 2012); Technology Committee Chair (2013 - 2015); Board of Governors (2010 - 2015); Executive Committee (2011 - 2012)
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association, Family Law Committee (1998 - Present)
  • ABA's Law Practice Today Editorial Board (2008 - 2012)
  • ABA Law Practice Management Section, Technology Core Group (2008 - 2010)

Awards

  • Testified numerous times before South Carolina Senate Subcommittee regard pending child custody legislation and helped initiate and coordinate efforts between the SC Chapter of AAML, SC Bar Family Law Council, and SC Association for Justice Family Law Section to craft language of this legislation prior to its passing and being signed into law.
  • Published the South Carolina Family Law Blog from 2005 to present, which serves as a resource for attorneys and litigants on substantive, procedural and office management topics. Also published The Mac Lawyer blog, which focuses on legal technology topics and practice efficiency tips. Both of these blogs have been featured in numerous publications and have received several honors and awards.
  • Founded Macs in Law Offices (MILO) legal technology forum in 2007, which is now the largest forum of its kind with well over 4,500 members.

CLE Presentations

  • "Marketing in the 21st Century" and "Dropbox for Attorneys", November 5, 2014, AAML Annual Meeting 
  • “Dealing with Problematic GALs – To Remove or Not to Remove?”, September 26, 2014, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
    South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • "Developing Your Family Law Practice", June 27, 2014, Columbia, South Carolina South Carolina Bar (Family Law Essentials)
  • "The Business Case for Going All Mac", "iGadgets and iGear for the iLawyer", and "Lone Wolf: Being the Only Mac in a PC Firm", March 27-29, 2014, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Establishing and Managing Your Family Law Practice”, March 10, 2014, March 11, 2013, and August 5, 2013, Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar (Bridge The Gap)
  • "Technology for Solos and Small Firms" and "Marketing for Solos and Small Firms", February 28, 2014, Asheville, North Carolina, 28th Judicial District Bar (Managing Your Practice In A Noisy, Changing World)
  • “Practical Application and Creative Extension of the Psychological Parent Doctrine”, September 27, 2013, Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Practical Practice Pointers and Terrific Tech Tips” and “Riding the Cloud: How My Firm Uses Cloud Case Management”, September 20, 2013, Charleston, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar (Solo & Small Firm Conference)
  • “Five Essential Apps for Trial Lawyers”, August 2, 2013, Hilton Head, South Carolina, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • “Family Law Basics for Private Investigators”, May 10, 2013, Spartanburg, South Carolina, South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators
  • “Running Your Family Law Practice in the Cloud”, April 19, 2013, Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar & American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (SC Chapter)
  • “Making the Switch for the Mac-Curious”, “The Super-Awesome Mac Hour of Amazement”, and “iOS in Action”, April 4-6, 2013, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Technology Tips for Young Lawyers”, March 22, 2013, Greenville, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Ethically Marketing a Law Firm”, February 21, 2013, Nashville, TN, Tennessee Bar Association (TechConference 2013)
  • “How to Get GAL Appointments From the Bench”, February 1, 2013, Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar (In the Best Interests of the Child: Guardian ad Litem Training & Update)
  • “Meet the Rainmakers: Tactics, Strategies and Success Stories”, November 30, 2012, Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina Bar (Rainmaking Bootcamp)
  • “Running Your Family Law Practice ‘In The Cloud’”, November 7, 2012, Chicago, IL, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • “iPad, iPhone & Android Apps for Family Law Attorneys”, September 28, 2012, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Is It All or Nothing? Popular Cloud Services and SaaS vs. Hosted Infrastructure” and “A Day in the Life of a Mac Lawyer”, March 30, 2012, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Dealing With ‘Other’ Parents (Psychological, De Facto, Grand, Etc.)”, January 27, 2012, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar Guardian ad Litem Training
  • “Information Storage: Keeping Our Heads in the Clouds”, October 11, 2011
    Teleconference, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • “Getting What Your Experts Need – Discovery Requests and Tactics to Assist Your Expert Witness” and “How to Store, Manage and Share Information ‘In the Cloud’”, October 8, 2011, Asheville, NC, South Carolina Bar Family Law Intensive Workshop
  • “Take to the Cloud: Virtual Law Offices and Cloud Computing”, September 23, 2011, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Solo & Small Firm Seminar)
  • “Managing Expectations: What Attorneys and Clients Want from Each Other”, September 16, 2011, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Tech Tips for Trial Lawyers”, August 5, 2011, Hilton Head Island, SC, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • “Law School for Non-Lawyers: The Family Court Experience”, April 29, 2011, Greenville, SC, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • “Mac Power Users” and “Managing Your Practice on a Mac”, April 11, 2011, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Intro to Using Macs In Your Law Practice” and “‘In the Clouds’ - Running Your Law Office Using Web-Based Technology”, February 17, 2011, Nashville, TN, Tennessee Bar Association
  • “Being a Proactive Guardian ad Litem”, January 28, 2011, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar Guardian ad Litem Training
  • “How to Work More Efficiently by Using Digital Notebooks in Your Practice”, November 11, 2010, Orlando, FL, MILOfest
  • “Proper Subpoena Process”, October 1, 2010, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Benefits of Using Web-Based Case Management Programs” and “Using DropBox as Your Office Server”, September 24, 2010, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Solo & Small Firm Seminar)
  • “How to Run Your Family Law Practice in the Clouds” and “Transitioning Your Law Practice to the Mac Platform”, August 5, 2010, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • “Attractive Aspects of Windows 7 and Mac OS X”, “Top Mobile Applications for Lawyers” and “75 Tips in 75 Minutes”, April 27, 2010, Montreal, Canada
    Young Bar Association of Montreal
  • “iPhone Tips for Lawyers” and “Mac Software for the Law Office”, March 26-27, 2010, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Software as a Service (SaaS): Practicing Law in the Clouds” and “Mac Panel Discussion”, March 5, 2010, Nashville, TN, Tennessee Bar Association
  • “10 Best Websites for Family Court Attorneys”, September 18, 2009, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Family Law in South Carolina”, April 30, 2009 and March 20, 2008, Spartanburg, SC, SC Bar - Law School for Non-Lawyers
  • “Mac@Trial” and “Got Apple Envy? Macs in a PC World”, April 4, 2009, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association (TechShow)
  • “Macs for Lawyers”, February 20, 2009, Nashville, TN, Tennessee Bar Association
  • “Fasten Your Seat Belts: 30 Law Practice Management Tips in 30 Minutes” and “Using Macs in a PC-Centric Legal World”, January 22, 2009, South Carolina Bar Annual Convention
  • “Lump Sum Alimony”, September 19, 2008, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Digital Detente – Using Macs in a PC-Centric Legal World” and “How Lawyers Practice Law and Serve Clients with Macs … Really!”, March 15, 2008, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association
  • “Being a ‘Mac’ Daddy in a PC World” and “Hardware and Software Options for Mac Lawyers”, February 22, 2008, Nashville, TN, Tennessee Bar Association
  • “Investigations in Cases Involving Children”, October 7, 2007, Greenville, SC, South Carolina Association of Legal Investigator
  • “Make Time Work For You: Handling Cases On A Fixed Fee Basis”, September 21, 2007, Columbia, SC, South Carolina Bar (Hot Tips Seminar)
  • “Being a ‘Mac’ Daddy in a PC World”, August 2, 2007, Hilton Head Island, SC, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association

Author

  • “The Essential Guide to Divorce in South Carolina – What You Need to Know Right Now” by Ben Stevens & Jenny Stevens (e-book) (Jan. 2014)
  • “Standing Out in a PC World: Using a Mac in the Office” by Randall A. Juip, Larry Port & Ben Stevens, published in ABA Law Practice (Mar./Apr. 2014)
  • “The Fine Art of Practicing Law on a Mac” by Ben Stevens and Randall A. Juip, published in ABA Law Practice (Mar./Apr. 2012)
  • “A Look Inside the New Mac App Store”  by Ben Stevens and Finis Price, published in ABA Law Practice (Mar./Apr. 2011)
  • “Make Time Work For You: Handling Cases On A Fixed Fee Basis” by J. Benjamin Stevens, published in ABA Law Practice Today (July 2010)
  • “Should You Switch to Macs in Your Law Firm?” by J. Benjamin Stevens, published in TechnoLawyer (Apr. 28, 2009)
  • “Computer Smackdown:  Mac vs. PC” by Ben Stevens, published in NextGen Law (Feb. 2009)
  • “Why Macs and Why Now?” by Ben Stevens, published in ABA Law Practice Today (Nov. 2008)
  • “Mac v. PC” by Ben Stevens and Rick Georges, published in ABA Journal (cover story) (Mar. 2008)