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Ellen's 20-year career at Collins & Lacy has involved more than 1,000 cases.  She practices in workers' compensation, is a certified circuit court mediator and also has experience in general litigation and professional liability. She has argued cases to the Full Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  Ellen is a native of Cayce, S.C. and received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She has been repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America©, and her reputation has earned her a BV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert F. Goings

    Ellen Adams is one of the most prominent workers compensation attorneys in South Carolina. I'm honored to have worked with Ellen at Collins and Lacy. I strongly endorse Ms. Adams.


    Robert Goings Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Robert J. Reeves

    I endorse this lawyer. I used to work at Ellen's firm Collins & Lacy PA and have known her for over 20 years. Since that time, the firm has grown into a regional practice, and I note she is now managing partner. Ellen has always been a tremendous legal talent as well as one of the nicest persons even when she beat me. I am also proud to count her as a friend. Congratulations on your success, Ellen. Robert Reeves


    Robert Reeves DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Collins & Lacy, PC

P.O. Box 12487
Columbia, SC, 29211


SCGood Standing199103/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Midlands Legal EliteGreater Columbia Business Monthly2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
BV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
South Carolina BarMemberN/A
Richland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsMemberN/A
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
South Carolina BarSanctions, Pleadings, Appeals, and Medical Under the Revised Workers’ Comp Act2007
South Carolina Law ReviewNote, Undisclosed Recordings of Conversations by Private Attorneys1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of South CarolinaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
"Keeping Your Business Safe: Securing Your Bottom Line by Avoiding Litigation"Workers' Compensation Prevention Measures2011
South Carolina Bar, Workers Compensation SectionShould I Depose the Doctor and What Should I Ask?N/A