James McLaren


Contact Information
PO Box 11809
Columbia,South Carolina - 29211-1809

Phone: 803 - 799-3074

Practice State
South Carolina

Emphasis

Traditional Practice

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Professional Title

Managing Partner

Law School / Year / Degree

University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976, JD

State/Year Admitted to Practice

1976

AAML National Positions Held

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National (Counsel, 2017-2018 Past President, 2016-2017; Immediate Past President, 2015-2016; President, 2014-2015; President-Elect 2013-2014; First Vice President, 2012-2013; Vice President, 2008-2012; Secretary 2007; ExecutiveCommittee, 2007-2018; Board of Governors, 2005-2007; Board of Directors, AAML Foundation, 2007-2012; Special Advisor, AAML Foundation, 2013-2018). Executive Committee Liaison (Domestic Violence Task Force; Past President’s Committee; and, Professionalism and Collegiality Committee, 2015-2016. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National (Member, Strategic Plan Implementation and Long-Range Plan Committee, 2015-2018; Chair/Member, Law Office Management Committee, 2005-2012; Member, Admissions Procedures Committee, 2004-2007 and 2015/2016; 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; Chair/Member, Nominating Committee, 2008-2009, 2013/14; Chair/Member, Policies Committee, 2011-2013; Member, Post-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements Committee, 2011- 2013; Chair/Member, Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, 2011-2014; Member, Social Media Committee, 2011-2012; Member, Webinar Committee, 2011- 2012; Chair/Member, AAML/ABA FLS, 2012-2014; Co-Chair, Council of Committee Chairs, 2012-2013; Chair/Member, Publications Review Committee, 2012-2014; Chair/Member, Contracts Committee, 2012-2014; Policy Publication Committee, 2013-2014; Website and Technology Committee Liaison, 2013-2014; Chair, National Admissions Board of Examiners, 2013-2014).

AAML Chapter Positions Held

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)

Legal Organizations

Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2008-2014; Chapter President, International Network of Boutique Law Firms, 2007-2014; Member, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, American Association For Justice, South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Association For Justice and Richland County Bar Association; S.C. Bar, Family Law Section, Chair, 1991-92; Chair-Elect, 1990-91; Secretary, 1989-90; Section Delegate, 1995-96; Council, 1988-95; S.C. Bar Practice and Procedures Committee, Chair, Family Law Sub-Committee, 1989-95; Chair, Sub-Committee on Jurisdiction in Family Courts, 1979-80; S.C. Bar, Lawyer-Accountant Relationship Committee, Chair, 1998-99; S.C. Association For Jusice, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, Family Court Judicial Liaison, 1983-86; Chair, 1983-84; Vice-Chair, 1982-83; Secretary, 1981-82; Treasurer, 1980-81.

CLE Presentations

Speaker: Various Family Law topics, South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association Family Law Section, and Mandatory Judicial and Continuing Legal Education Seminars, including: ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, July 8-15, 2017 ¦ Presenter, “10 Things I Wish I Knew 30 Years Ago – A ‘Master Class’ in Professionalism” 2017 Biannual Family Law Symposium Missouri Bar Association and AAML Missouri Chapter Kansas City St. Louis, Missouri, April 2017 ¦ Instructor SC Bar, Family Law Essentials Seminar Columbia, SC, August 2016 ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, July 9-16, 2016 ¦ Instructor and Mentor AAML Institute for Family Law Associates 2016 Program Chicago, Illinois, June 23-26, 2016 ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, July 11-18, 2015 ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, July 12-19, 2014 ¦ Whipping Up Some Justice: Parenting Plans South Carolina Bar, Webinar Series Columbia, SC, October 2013 ¦ Counterpoints to Collaborative Law SC Bar, Hot Tips for the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners Columbia, SC, September 27, 2013 ¦ How Litigation Apps Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer South Carolina Association for Justice Annual Convention Hilton Head Is., SC, August 1, 2013 ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, July 13-20, 2013 ¦ Using Technology to Present a Complex Equitable Division Case American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Spring Meeting Puerto Rico, March 20, 2013 ¦ “Technology for iPads and PC Laptops at Depositions and Trial” AAML Technology Symposium American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting Chicago, IL, November 7, 2012 ¦ “Big Case Technology” 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas Houston, Texas, August 6-9, 2012 ¦ “Presenting the Family Law Case: The Basic Essentials” SC Bar Seminar Columbia, SC, April 27, 2012 ¦ CLE Chair and Moderator American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 2011 ¦ Instructor ABA/NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute Boulder, CO, May 21-28, 2011 ¦ CLE Chair and Moderator American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting Chicago, IL, November 4-6, 2010 ¦ Record Predicates – How to Get Records Into Evidence SC Bar, Hot Tips for the Solo or Small Firm Practitioner Columbia, SC, September 24, 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 ¦ 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 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting AAML, Mid Year Meeting Cabos San Lucas, Mexico, March 2006 ¦ Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Relations Practitioners Moderator, Columbia, SC, September 2006 ¦ 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 ¦ Resurrecting 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.