About Us

Meet the Team

Dave Maxfield

For over 20 years, Dave Maxfield has represented individual consumers in cases against banks, credit reporting agencies, debt collectors and insurance companies. He has obtained one of the highest punitive damage verdicts in America against a creditor in a credit reporting case, and has secured numerous significant recoveries on behalf of consumers in individual cases.

Dave is the three-time Chairman of the Consumer Law section of the South Carolina Bar and a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA).

He is the President of the Richland County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in South Carolina with over 1900 members.

Dave has taught more than 50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs to other lawyers, and speaks regularly in the media and to law students on issues affecting consumers. In addition to speaking on consumer law issues, he frequently trains other lawyers on the use of technology, and was a speaker at the American Bar Association’s National Techshow in Chicago in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He has also trained law students at the University of Colorado, UCLA, William & Mary, and Harvard Law School on technology use.  Articles by and about him have appeared in South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, ABA Magazine, and Lawyer’s Weekly newspaper.  He is currently authoring a book tentatively titled “The Lean Law Firm,” scheduled to be published by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2017.

Dave is rated a perfect 5.0 (preeminent) by fellow attorneys in the Martindale-Hubbell rating service.

Dave loves soccer, running, and spending time with his family.

Education

  • Furman University, B.A. 1990
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. 1994

Bar Admissions

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

Memberships

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Richland County Bar (2017 President)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Public Justice
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Consumer Law Section of South Carolina Bar (Immediate Past Chairman)

Kristy Woodward

Kristy Woodward has over 15 years of paralegal experience, working for the entirety of that time with Dave in consumer practice. She has a wealth of experience in preparing credit reporting and consumer protection cases. Kristy holds a B.A. in Psychology from Erskine College, where she was a member of the varsity tennis team. She is a native of Irmo, and loves spending time with her family (husband Brad, son Alex, and rescue pup Macy).

Janel Bess

Janel Bess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, where she was a member of the Columbia College Choir, as well as a Paralegal Certificate from Kaplan University. Janel is a native of Columbia, and enjoys reading, working with children, Zumba, attending her church, and spending time with her family.