IALDA Member: Christian Stegmaier

Christian Stegmaier

Collins & Lacy, PC

Board Member

P.O. Box 12487
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
United States

Tel: (803) 255-0454

Fax: (803) 771-4484



Christian Stegmaier is a shareholder and chair of the firm’s Retail/ Hospitality/Entertainment Practice group.  In addition to his litigation practice, Christian is an active appellate advocate. Christian also is Professor of Hotel & Restaurant Law at the College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management at the Universityof South Carolina. Prior to joining Collins & Lacy, Christian served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, Jr., Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Christian is the founder of the South Carolina Retail and Hospitality Law Blog, which is a blog for retailers and hospitality-related entities doing business in South Carolina. Stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the law and the marketplace that affect you and your business here in the Palmetto State.

Practice Focus/Trial Experience

  • Appellate: representing clients in state and federal appellate venues in civil and criminal matters.  Building on the experience as an appellate law clerk and appearing numerous times before appellate tribunals as counsel, representation includes pre-briefing review and analysis of the case – including candid advice concerning the chances for favorable outcome, careful research and briefing and appearing at oral argument.
  • Retail/Hospitality/Entertainment Liability Defense: defending national and regional leaders in the retail, hospitality and entertainment sectors doing business in South Carolina in claims involving premises liability, loss prevention, food adulteration, third party torts and alcohol liability.  Also involved in matters pertaining to ADA issues and licensure and other administrative decisions of state regulatory agencies.

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

Papers, Presentations and Publications 

  • Publisher of the South Carolina Retail & Hospitality Law Blog
  • Publisher of retail/hospitality/entertainment-related tweets on Twitter at @cstegmaier
  • “Current Issues in the Use of Mental Health Records in Litigation,” Lorman Educational Services Medical Records Law Seminar, April 2012
  • “Third Party Assault Case: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Customers, Employees, and Business,” South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores Fall Planning Conference, September 12, 2011, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Identified by the University of South Carolina as a “Hurricane Expert” in the areas of retail and hospitality hurricane preparedness and emergency response, 2011
  • Current Trends in Loss Prevention and Security, Defense Research Institute-Strictly Retail CLE, May 12, 2011,Chicago,Illinois (presented with Catherine Kays of JCPenney and Robert Vranek of Belk, Inc./Belk Stores Services, Inc.)
  • Applying the Rules of Running a Successful Drive-thru to Satisfying Your Law Firm’s Clients: The Surprising Connection, The Primerus 180, Spring 2011
  • Understanding the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, March 7, 2011, South Carolina Public Risk Managers Association 2011 Conference, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Limiting Liability in Alcohol Sales, The 2011 Southeast Petro-Food Marketing Exposition, March 2, 2011, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Avoiding Liability and Negative Publicity by Taking Lessons from Actual News Stories (with Elizabeth DeConti and David T. Denney), Ninth Annual Hospitality Law Conference, February 9-11, 2011, Houston, Texas
  • Celebrating New Year’s Eve Safely (quoted in WECT-TV web story), December 31, 2010

Published Cases

  • Simmons v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., 2011 WL 2416302 (D.S.C. 2011) (obtained summary judgment for retailer client in premises liability case)
  • Gantt v. JCPenney Corporationet. al, 09-CP-10-7975 (Charleston County Common Pleas 2011) (resolved case in high exposure matter at trial for nuisance following impeachment of plaintiff during cross-examination)
  • Lahmann v. Joanne Schoch, Brays Island Plantation, Inc., and Brays Island Plantation Colony, Their Successors or Assigns, 09-CP-07-3251 (resolved case within authority at trial in high exposure premises liability matter following presentation of the defense)
  • O’Quinn v. JCPenney Corporation, Inc., 09-CP-10-3331 (Charleston County Common Pleas 2010) (obtained summary judgment in premises liability matter)
  • O’Shea v. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, 390 S.C. 118, 700 S.E.2d 255 (Ct. App. 2010) (Court of Appeals affirmed Administrative Law Court decision concerning regulatory/licensure issue – pro bono appeal)
  • Grinnell Corporation v. Wood, 389 S.C. 350, 698 S.E.2d 796 (2010) (Supreme Court reversed adverse decision of trial court concerning UIM/UM issue and rejection of meaningful offer by sophisticated entity)
  • Jordan v. Kelly Co., Inc., 381 S.C. 483, 674 S.E.2d 166 (2010) (Supreme Court reversed adverse decision of Court of Appeals in workers’ compensation issue involving stress-induced injury)
  • Floyd v. C.B. Askins & Co., Contractors, 382 S.C. 84, 675 S.E.2d 450 (Ct. App. 2009) (Court of Appeals reversed adverse decision of Workers’ Compensation Commission)
  • Williams v. Watkins, 379 S.C. 530, 665 S.E.2d 243 (Ct. App. 20080 (Court of Appeals upheld grant of summary judgment to social worker who had reported suspicion of abuse/neglect of vulnerable adult)
  • Nash v. Marriott Hotel Services, Inc., 2007 WL 3125315 (D.S.C. 2007) (grant of summary judgment in premises liability matter)

Speaking Engagements