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Attorney James Stephen Welch


Local Greenville Office: 864-777-2802


South Carolina injury lawyer James Stephen “Steve” Welch is a valued member of the legal team at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC. Contact him today for experienced legal counsel on any medical malpractice or personal injury matter. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation.

South Carolina personal injury lawyer Steve Welch joined McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, in 2009 and has nearly 30 years of experience in litigation. Steve is a certified civil and family court mediator and a certified circuit court arbitrator. Steve has presented at various legal seminars, including a seminar on obtaining the best settlements for personal injury clients.

His experience as a litigator, speaker and instructor give him the edge he needs to help his clients obtain compensation. Case results matter here.

Steve also writes a blog on jury and trial issues under his Fuzzy Logic Consulting brand. Click on this link to check out Steve’s blog:

Steve was born August 24, 1955 in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a long and illustrious legal career, Steve joined our team of South Carolina injury attorneys in 2009. Steve has nearly 30 years of experience as a litigator, speaker and legal instructor.

Steve is married to Sherry Wells Welch; he is also the proud parent of five children.


Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1989
  • Oklahoma, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit


  • O.W. Coburn Law School, Tulsa, OK, 1982
  • Oral Roberts School of Law J.D., Summa Cum Laude
  • Erskine College, Due West, SC, 1979 B.A., English


  • Civil and Family Court Mediator 2002
  • Circuit Court Arbitrator 2002

Employment History

  • Holliman & Langholz Tulsa, OK – 1982 – 1983
  • Schuman & Welch, PC Tulsa, OK – 1984 – 1985
  • Albright & Welch, PC Tulsa, OK – 1985 – 1989
  • The Welch Law Firm, LLC – 1989-2009
    • Greenville and Greenwood, SC
  • Greenwood, SC City Attorney and Prosecutor – 2002-2009
  • McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC – 2009 – present
    • Rock Hill, Columbia, Anderson, SC

Professional Associations

  • Member, South Carolina Association for Justice 1990 – present
  • Member, American Association for Justice – 1984 – present
  • Governor, South Carolina Association for Justice (Executive Committee) – 1996 – 2003
  • Founding Member, South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – 1995 – present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member


  • Journal of Christian Jurisprudence, Assistant Editor
  • Symposium: Church, Family, State and Education, O.W. Coburn Law School – 1982
  • Just Say “No” to Deposition Coaching; South Carolina Lawyer – July/August 1998
  • St. Francis Xavier and The Two-Edged Sword; South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin – Summer 1998
  • Changing Paradigm – The Evolving Face of the Law; South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin Spring 1999
  • State v. Liberte & Sims-A Shield Against Prosecutorial Zeal; South Carolina Trial Lawyer Bulletin – Spring 2000
  • Taking Your Right to Trial Without Recrimination: Uniform Sentencing Without the Guidelines; South Carolina Lawyer – March/April 2000
  • Also, brief version in SCACDL
  • “The Advocate” – May 2000
  • Apprendi v. New Jersey; Watershed Ruling For The New Millennium? South Carolina Lawyer – March/April 2001When Doctors Push Pain Pills, Trial (AAJ), page 43, May 2014.
  • Seminar/Workshop Presentations

“The Importance of Investigation Before Trial”

  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar – October, 1999

“Emphasis in Closing Statement for the DUI Case”

  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar – September, 2000

“Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients”

  • National Business Institute Lawyers Seminar – January, 2009

Quoted In

  • Fox News
  • ABA Journal
  • Greenville News
  • Greenwood Index Journal