Theodore von Keller

Theodore von Keller

Member Attorney
Location:
Columbia, South Carolina
Phone:
803-470-0459
Fax:
803-790-1277
Email:

Mr. von Keller grew up in Camden, South Carolina, and graduated from Camden High School in 1971. He attended the University of South Carolina which he graduated from in 1975 with a B.A. Degree in History. While an undergraduate, he was a member of the USC Soccer Club and was awarded an exchange scholarship by the Department of History to attend the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom. After undergraduate school he obtained his M.A.T. in History from the University of South Carolina graduate school.

Mr. von Keller thereafter taught high school history and coached soccer at The Joseph Kershaw Academy in Camden, South Carolina from 1976 to 1981, and where he was the Assistant Headmaster during the 1980 - 1981 school year. In 1981 he taught psychology and United States and European History at the Hammond Academy in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. von Keller enrolled in law school at the USC School of Law in 1982 and graduated in 1985. While at the USC law school, he was a member of The Mock Trial Team and The Order of Barristers, winning the mock trial competition in 1983 before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Mr. von Keller also was an Instructor of Legal Writing during his second year of law school.

After graduating from law school, Mr. von Keller worked first as an associate, then as a partner at the law firm of Adams, Berry, Quackenbush & Stuart in Columbia, South Carolina, which later changed its name to Berry, Quackenbush & Stuart, P.A.. Mr. von Keller was a partner at Leath, Bouch, Crawford & von Keller from 2008 until he formed Crawford and von Keller in 2010.

Mr. von Keller's practice for 30 years has been in litigation. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Trial School and has extensive trial experience in all state and federal courts. His emphasis is on general defense litigation, creditor's rights litigation and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and landlord tenant law.

Mr. von Keller is admitted to the Richland County Bar; the South Carolina Bar; United States District Court District of South Carolina; and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. von Keller is a member of the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association and the American Bar Association. He was selected by his attorney peers as a member of the Legal Elite of the Midlands in the Columbia Business Monthly in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights.

Mr. von Keller lives in Blythewood, South Carolina with his wife of 31 years, Kimberly. He is active in his community and was Town Attorney for Blythewood from 1992 to 2006. Mr. von Keller and his wife have one daughter, Elizabeth, a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, SC.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina - 1985
    • Honors: The Mock Trial Team, Member
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Instructor of Legal Writing
  • University of South Carolina
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: USC Soccer Club, Member
    • Major: History
  • University of South Carolina
    • M.A.T.
    • Major: History

Classes/Seminars

  • Psychology and United States and European History, Hammond Academy

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite of the Midlands in the Columbia Business Monthly in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Richland County Bar Association, Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, Member
  • South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association , Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • The Joseph Kershaw Academy, 1976 - 1981
  • The Joseph Kershaw Academy, Assistant Headmaster , 1980 - 1981
  • Adams, Berry, Quackenbush & Stuart(Berry, Quackenbush & Stuart, P.A.), Associate & Partner
  • Leath, Bouch, Crawford & von Keller, Partner, 2008 - 2010