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I was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. After graduating in 1969 with a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, I went to the University of South Carolina School of Law, where I earned my Juris Doctorate Degree in 1973. After graduation from law school, I formed the partnership of Hunter & McWhirter with James Earl Hunter. Hunter & McWhirter was a general practice law firm with an emphasis on personal injury law. That same year I was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and, later, was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In 1977, I was elected by the Lexington County Bar Association to the position of Public Defender for Lexington County. The office was formed for the purpose of providing legal representation to indigent criminal defendants, and I held that position for fourteen years.
While working part-time as Public Defender for Lexington County, I continued to build our law practice, and in 1986, formed the firm which became McWhirter & Associates. At that time, our practice focused on the various areas of personal injury law, including workers' compensation, auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability and products liability. In 1988, we expanded the firm to include an office in Columbia, South Carolina. Since then, we have added offices in Orangeburg, Sumter, Newberry, Camden and Aiken.
We continue to strive to give the very best legal service to the thousands of clients we have been honored to serve over the past 40 years.
Any result our firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Recognition||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2004|
|Founding Shareholder||McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.||1973 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||Member||1985 - Present|
|Richland County Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar||Member||1984 - Present|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1973|
|University of South Carolina||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1969|
|Tractor-Trailer Ran a Red Light||$ 4,000,000.00|
|Medical Malpractice - Misdiagnosed Ulcer||$ 2,000,000.00|
|Workers' Compensation - Foot Injury||$ 280,281.00|