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					Robertson H. Wendt, P.A.
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Robertson H. Wendt, Jr.
Attorney Rob Wendt, of the law firm of Robertson H. Wendt, P.A., based in Charleston, is one of only
two board certified Social Security disability specialists in the state of South Carolina, and one of just 59
in the country certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC). Throughout his
nearly 30 years of practicing law, he has successfully handled thousands of Social Security disability

Wendt, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University, went on to earn his law
degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he served as clerk for the
Honorable Klyde Robinson and the Honorable Lawrence E. Richter, Jr., both South Carolina Circuit
Court judges for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He then entered into private practice and developed a strong
background in trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies.

While his practice now focuses on Social Security and other disability benefit claims, Wendt devoted
considerable time in his early career to public interest law involving mental health and the environment.
In the 1980s, he was lead counsel in Fair Housing Act litigation for Palmetto Pathway Homes, Inc., which
provided residential housing for the mentally ill, resulting in a landmark state Supreme Court decision.
During this time, he successfully handled several high profile Clean Water Act citizen suits on behalf of
landowners on Wadmalaw Island and Johns Island. In 1990 he was appointed by Ninth Circuit Solicitor
Charles M. Condon to serve as South Carolina’s first state court environmental crimes prosecutor
focusing on complex corporate pollution crimes. Wendt prosecuted several highly publicized pollution
cases and was appointed to serve as a special assistant United States attorney in a case that resulted in
convictions for illegal international shipment of hazardous waste.

Notably, his colleagues have elected him numerous times as chair of the Social Security Section of the
South Carolina Association for Justice (formerly the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association). Wendt
served in this position from 1997 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2007. In 1999, he was elected to serve a three-
year term on the Association’s Board of Governors as a representative of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Additionally, he is a founding member of the Social Security Disability Law Section for the American
Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) where he acted as section
chair from 2000 to 2001. Wendt conceived and promoted the idea of board certification for Social
Security disability specialists and served on the five-member committee appointed by the National Board
of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC), which developed the first accredited national certification
program for this area of law. Further, he served as a board member for the South Carolina Chapter of the
Federal Bar Association from 2003 to 2005.

Wendt is currently a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association,
the Federal Bar Association, and the Charleston County Bar Association. He is a sustaining member of
the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the American Association for
Justice, and the South Carolina Association for Justice. Wendt is admitted to practice in South Carolina,
the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the United States Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals. Wendt has served as a speaker, trainer, and panelist for numerous local, state, and
national programs and organizations concerning Social Security disability law and practice. Wendt lives
in downtown Charleston with his wife and daughter.
Geoffrey L. Wendt, Associate Attorney
Geoffrey L. Wendt, associate attorney at the Law Offices of Robertson Wendt, is a recent graduate of
Tulane University Law School, where he earned his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Admiralty. Before joining
the Law Offices of Robertson Wendt, Geoff worked as a summer associate at Nalley & Dew, APLC, in
Metairie, Louisiana. There he gained experience working on maritime personal injury cases. Prior to
that, he spent nearly a year as a research assistant for Professor Robert Force, director emeritus of the
Tulane Maritime Law Center.

Geoff earned his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law. While there, he received the CALI
Award for Excellence in Admiralty and served as copy editor for the school’s Maritime Law Bulletin.
Notably, he authored the winning submission in the law journal’s 2007 writing competition. During this
time, he also served as a law clerk at the Law Offices of Robertson Wendt and as a judicial intern for the
Honorable Robert S. Carr, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of South
Carolina in Charleston. Additionally, he served as a legal extern at the Social Security Administration’s
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and as a volunteer with the Homeless Justice Project, which
is coordinated by Crisis Ministries.

A member of the South Carolina Bar, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and Phi Alpha
Delta, Geoff holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Clemson University, where he also minored in
legal studies. He recently authored an article titled “The Fog of Uncertainty Enshrouding Employer
Punitive-Damage Liability Under General Maritime Law,” published in the summer 2010 issue of the
Charleston School of Law’s Maritime Law Bulletin. A native of Seneca, South Carolina, Geoff now
resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Elizabeth.

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