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James T. McLaren
James T. McLaren

James T. McLaren has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for nearly two decades. He is listed in the S.C. Super Lawyers publication under the Family Law designation. He and his firm have received the highest rating (“AV”), afforded to lawyers for legal ability and ethics, in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

His statewide practice primarily involves complex matrimonial litigation and trial work in addition to dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration as an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

The Best Lawyers In AmericaHe has held numerous positions affiliated with Family Law including admission as a certified Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where he is currently serving as National First Vice President and on various committees. He has served as President of the South Carolina Chapter and National Delegate. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He has served as chair of the Family Law Sections of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice), and the Richland County Bar Association. He is a longstanding member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the American Association For Justice, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association For Justice, and the Richland County Bar Association. Mr. McLaren has authored numerous articles and has been a speaker in over 86 Family Law Continuing Legal Education Seminars, including state and national Judicial Conferences and New Family Court Judges Schools. He has also co-authored important Legislation that impacts Family Law in South Carolina.

Private Practice:
■ Founding Partner, McLaren & Lee, Attorneys-at-Law
■ Statewide practice limited to Family Law matters
   (private practice established 1976)

Preparatory and Legal Education:
■ University of South Carolina, B.A., 1973
■ University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1976

Bar Admissions:
■ South Carolina Bar, 1976
■ U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1976
■ U.S. District Court, South Carolina District, 1976
■ U.S. Supreme Court, 2005

Bar and Professional Memberships:
■ American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Fellow
■ American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate
■ American Bar Association, Family Law Section
■ American Association For Justice, Family Law Section
■ South Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
■ South Carolina Association For Justice, Family Law Section
■ Richland County Bar Association, Family Law Section
■ International Network of Boutique Law Firms, S.C. Chapter President

Offices Held:
■ American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National (First Vice President, 2012-; Secretary 2007; Executive Committee, 2007-2013; Board of Governors, 2005-2006; Board of Directors, AAML Foundation, 2007-2012).
■ American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National (Chair/Member, Law Office Management Committee, 2005-2012; Member, Admissions Procedures Committee, 2004-2007; Co-Chair/Member, Website Committee, 2005-2012; CLE Chair, 2010-2011; Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2006-2007; Member, ALI Commission, 2006-2007; Member, Best Practices Committee, 2008-2011; AAML Sales and Marketing Committee, 2007 -2008; Member, Executive Committee Sponsorship, 2008; Nominating Committee, 2008-2009; Member, Policies Committee, 2011-2012; Member, Post-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements Committee, 2011-2012; Member, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, 2011-2012; Member, Social Media Committee, 2011-2012; Member, Webinar Committee, 2011-2012).
■ American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, South Carolina
Chapter (President 2001-2002; President-Elect, 1999-2000; Vice President 1997-98; National Delegate To Board of Governors, 2005-2007; Board of Managers and Executive Committee 2007).
■ South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section (Chair, 1991-92; Chair-Elect,1990-91; Secretary, 1989-90; Section Delegate, 1995-96; Council, 1988-95)
■ South Carolina Bar, Practice and Procedure Committee (Chair, Family Law Sub-Committee, 1989-1995; Chair, Sub- Committee on Jurisdiction in the Family Courts, 1979-80)
■ South Carolina Bar, Lawyer-Accountant Relationship Committee (Chair, 1998-99)
■ South Carolina Association For Justice, Family Law Section (Co-Chair, Family Court Judicial Liaison, 1983-1986; Chair, 1983-84; Vice-Chair, 1982-83; Secretary, 1981-82; Treasurer,1980-81)

Distinctions:
■ Certified Matrimonial Mediation Trained, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1995.
■ Certified Family Court Mediator, SC Bar and Dispute Resolution Services, 1995.
■ Certified Matrimonial Arbitrator Trained, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2000.
■ Named, The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law designation, 1993 through 2013 Editions.
■ Named, South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008-2013
■ Named, Fellow of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009
■ Supreme Court Appointee, South Carolina Symposium - Families In Court, sponsored by National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1991.
■ Lecturer, New Family Court Judges Orientation School, 2004-06.
■ Received "AV" designation from Martindale Hubbell, 1996-2013.
■ McLaren & Lee, 2009 - 2013 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
■ Medical University of South Carolina, Board of Visitors, 2000-2004.
■ Named, Greater Columbia Business Monthly, Legal Elite, 2011-2012

Contributing Author:
■ South Carolina Equitable Apportionment Act, §20-7-471, et. seq., S.C. Code of Laws
■ South Carolina Alimony Statute, §20-3-130, S.C. Code of Laws
■ South Carolina Family Court Handbook, 1992, 1993 and 1996 Editions

Speaker: Various Family Law topics, South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers and Mandatory Judicial and Continuing Legal Education Seminars.

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Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
Boulder, CO, May 21-28, 2011

Chair and Moderator American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL, November 4-6, 2010

Instructor ABA Family Law Section, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
Denver, CO, May 26-29, 2010

Steering Your Way Through A Successful Litigation: A Practical Roadmap for Those New to Family Court
Lecturer and Moderator
SC Bar Seminar Columbia, SC, May 21, 2010

AAML Spring Conference CLE
CLE Chair and Moderator
Aruba, March 2010

Trial Notebooks: Direct and Cross Examination of a Party
SC Bar, Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners Seminar
Columbia, SC, September 2009

Instructor ABA Family Law Section, Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute
Denver, CO, May 17-23, 2009

Panel Presentation - Blended Mediation/Arbitration: How and Why It is Working
SC Bar, 2008 SC Family Court Bench/Bar Seminar
Columbia, SC, December 2008

The AAML, What is it and How to Apply
SC Bar, Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners Seminar
Columbia, SC, September 2008

Determining the Marital Standard of Living
AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce
Las Vegas, NV, May 2008

Arbitration - The Dark Ages Before Divorce Was Allowed, to a Period of Enlightenment in which Arbitration is Allowed and Encouraged
Cleveland Bar Association, Arbitration Seminar
Cleveland, Ohio, September 2007

Copyrights, Are they Divisible in Divorce Proceedings
SC Bar, Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners Seminar
Columbia, SC, September 2007

Make Your Point in Family Court
South Bar Convention, Family Law Section January 2006

Hot Tips From The Coolest Domestic Relations Practitioners
Moderator, Columbia, SC September 2006

Fee Agreements: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Nuts and Bolts of Fee Agreements and Ethical Requirements for Lawyers
What A Lawyer Should/Should Not, As Well as Can/Cannot Do

AAML Mid-Year Meeting
Cabos San Lucas, Mexico March 2006

Hot Tips From The Coolest Domestic Relations Practitioners
Moderator, Columbia, SC September 2005

Family Law Practice with a Case Management System and Support
60 Tips to Build a Successful Family Law Practice

Columbia, SC, April 2005

Challenging Child Support Jurisdiction
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners
Columbia, SC, September 2004

Legal Issues for Law Practice Evaluations
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
Hilton Head, SC, August 2004

Resurecting COBRA Rights Terminated in Anticipation of Divorce
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners
Columbia, SC, September 2003

Marital Law Update
Family Court Bench/Bar Seminar
Columbia, SC, December 2002

Admissibility of Documents in Expert’s File
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners
Columbia, SC, September 2002

Family Law Update
SC Annual Judicial Conference
Columbia, SC, August 2002

Reconciliation Agreements, Taking the Fifth, and Attorney Fees
Orientation School for New South Carolina Family Court Judges
Columbia, SC, July 2002

Settlement Negotiations -- Pitfalls and Problems
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners
Columbia, SC, September 2001

Financial Declarations
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
Hilton Head, SC, August 2001

Handling Your First Custody Dispute in South Carolina
National Business Institute
Columbia, SC, May 2001

Working With Experts, Consulting, Testifying, How to Engage Them, How to Find Them, How to Attack Them and A Compendium of Good Ones
AAML Mid-Year Meeting
Indian Wells, CA, March 2001

Stock Options and Management
Speaker and Coordinator of AAML, South Carolina and North Carolina Chapters
Spring Retreat, Charleston, SC, March 2001

Family Law: Goodwill: Post-Filing Earnings Implications ( Marital v. Non-Marital)
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners Seminar,
South Carolina Bar and USC Law School, September 2000

Family Law: How to Approve and Award Attorney Fees at Temporary and Final Hearings South Carolina Bar Mid-Year Meeting, January 2000

Family Law: Depositions and Other Discovery
South Carolina Family Court Bench/Bar Seminar
South Carolina Bar, December 1999

Family Law: Mind Maps for Trial Preparation
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners Seminar,
South Carolina Bar, September 1999

Practical Divorce Practice Seminar: Family Law
American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and
Small Firm Section, Section of Family Law, October 1998

Family Law Program: Valuation of a Professional Practice
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention
August 1998

Annual Family Law Seminar: Attorney Fees
South Carolina Bar Annual Convention, June 1998

Analysis of the Law and Key Issues and Procedures in the Divorce Process
South Carolina Family Law Practice for Paralegals
HalfMoon, LLC, March 1998

Alimony
South Carolina Bar, December 1997

Mediation of Children's Issues
South Carolina E.T.V. and Flying Solo Life Management, May 1997

Preparation of the Expert
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, March 1997

The Use of Expert Witnesses in Family Court Hearings - A Hands-On Presentation Discussing the Practical Issues Regarding Expert Opinion Evidence
South Carolina Bar, January 1997

Marital Tax, The Other Three Letter Word: Drafting Pleadings, Agreements and Orders
SC Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
October, 1996.

Application of Minority and Marketability Discounts in Valuing Closely Held Businesses in Marital Litigation Cases
1996 CPAs, Lawyers and Litigation Conference
South Carolina Bar and South Carolina Association of CPAs
September, 1996.

Marital Litigation Update: The Fall 1995 Family Court Bench/Bar Seminar -- Income: Finding It and Imputing It
South Carolina Bar, CLE in conjunction with the University of South Carolina,
November, 1995.

Nuts and Bolts of Running a Family Law Practice
South Carolina Association of Legal Secretaries, October, 1995.

Domestic Practice: The Continuing Saga of Hot Tips From the Experts - Wiretapping
South Carolina Bar, CLE, July 1995.

The New South Carolina Family Court Mediation Rules
South Carolina Bar, CLE in cooperation with The SC Council For Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and The University of South Carolina School of Law, June 1995

Family Court Mediator Certification Training
South Carolina Bar, CLE in cooperation with The SC Council For Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and The University of South Carolina School of Law, June 1995

Family Law Practice: Where's It At and Where's It Going?
Family Law Section of State Bar of Arizona, 62nd Annual Convention,
Phoenix, AR, June 1995

Domestic Practice: Hot Tips from the Experts - Health Insurance - COBRA
South Carolina Bar, May 1994.

Advanced Trial Techniques in Divorce Litigation - Direct Examination of a Party - Techniques and Philosophy
ABA, Family Law Section, Spring Conference, April 1994.

Domestic Practice: Hot Tips from the Experts - Avoiding Appeal Leverage and Other Transition Problems
South Carolina Bar, CLE, May 1993.

Health Insurance & Divorce
Health Insurance Planning Service,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, January 1993

Custody & Visitation
South Carolina Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, August 1992.

Domestic Practice: Hot Tips from the Experts - Melt the Ice Around Recalcitrant Litigants in Discovery
South Carolina Bar, CLE, May 1992.

Attorney Fees
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1991.

Arbitration Tribunals & Forums for Domestic Issues
South Carolina Bar, JCLE Family Law Seminar, July 1991.

Bar Speaks to the Bench - Pendente Lite Hearings
South Carolina Bar, CLE, May 1991.

Family Court Summit Conference
South Carolina Bar, September 1991.

Domestic Practice: The Return of Hot Tips from the Experts Health Insurance - What to Do When COBRA Unavailable
South Carolina Bar, LE, May 1991.

Alimony & 1990 Alimony Statute
South Carolina Bar, CLE, November 1990.

Alimony Update
South Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, August 1990.

Domestic Practice: Hot Tips from the Experts - How to Win Litigation Costs & Expert Fees at Temporary Hearings
South Carolina Bar, CLE, June 1990.

Tax Considerations from a Judicial Perspective & Technical Problems Pensions & Retirement Plans
JCLE Commission of South Carolina Supreme Court,
November 1989.

Alimony Update
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1989.

Alimony Update
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1988.

The Trial of An Equitable Distribution Case
South Carolina Bar, Bench Bar Conference, June 1988.

Alimony Update
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1987.
Hearsay-Evidence Statements of and by Children
South Carolina Bar, CLE, July 1987.

Legal Fees with An Emphasis on the Matrimonial Practitioner
USC Law School, CLE, November 1986.

Understanding Equitable Apportionment and Utilizing Depositions in the Family Court
South Carolina Bar, CLE, October 1986.

Evidence in Family Court - Hearsay Evidence - Statements of and by Children
South Carolina Bar, JCLE, August 1986.

Taxation as it Effects Divorce-DRTA
Standard Federal Savings & Loan Association, CPE/CLE, May 1985.

Family Law Seminar
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1984.

Family Law Practice: Discovery & Agreements - The Wife's Case
South Carolina Bar, CLE, September 1984.

Family Law Practice II: Discovery & Agreements - The Wife's Case
South Carolina Bar, CLE, August 1984.

Taxation and Divorce
Standard Federal Savings & Loan Association, CPE/CLE, May 1984.

Family Law Update
National Business Institute, CLE, March 1984.

Mock Trial of Custody/Abuse Case
South Carolina Bar, JCLE, December 1983.

Equitable Division Update
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1983.

Judicially Awarded Attorney Fees
South Carolina Bar, CLE, June 1983.

Basic Skills - Family Law
South Carolina Bar, CLE, January 1983.

Nuts and Bolts of Domestic Practice - Drafting Separation Agreements; Update on S.C. Domestic Law - Rules and Procedures of Family Court
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1982.

Motions in Family Court
South Carolina Bar, Mid-Year Meeting, January 1982.

Rules and Procedures of the Family Court
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, August 1981.

Domestic Trial Advocacy - Mock Trial of Custody and Economic Phases of Divorce Case
South Carolina Bar, CLE, March and April 1980.

Firm Information:
McLaren & Lee, Attorneys
1508 Laurel Street (29201)
P.O. Box 11809
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 799-3074
Fax: (803) 252-3548

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