We are honored today to announce that Senior Partner, J. Benjamin Stevens, was accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. While those who know and work with Ben have long known he was well-qualified for such a distinction, this recognition is a proud moment for Ben and The Stevens Firm, P.A.
According to the Academy website:
“The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded in 1962, by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” There are currently more than 1600 Fellows in 50 states.
The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. These areas include divorce, annulment, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuations, property valuations and division, alimony, child support and other family law issues.
To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The 1600 AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Academy Fellows enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence and integrity.”
In order to gain admission as a Fellow, attorneys must successfully complete a rigorous admissions process. The standards for admission require a minimum of 10 years of practice with a concentration in matrimonial law, passage of a national written exam, an interview and oral examination by state board of examiners, along with a commitment to honor the mission and the Bounds of Advocacy of the Academy.
Ben is well deserving of this distinguished honor as he has practiced law in Spartanburg, South Carolina for over 18 years, and as an experienced trial lawyer and certified mediator he has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, ABA Journal, Law Practice Today, Lawyers USA, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, NextGen Law, GSA Business, and Mac | Life. He has also been interviewed on several television and radio stations, including WYFF and NPR.
Ben is also a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys all across South Carolina and in places such as Chicago, Nashville, Orlando, and Montreal. He is currently a member of the Family Law Council of the South Carolina Bar, and he previously served two terms as the Section Chair for the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice (formerly SCTLA). Ben is an active member of the South Carolina Bar, Spartanburg County Bar, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and Christian Legal Society. He sincerely thanks the South Carolina Chapter for their support and encouragement through the application process, and he is now looking forward to serving actively in the AAML at both the state chapter and national levels.