James McLaren

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

Phone: 803-799-3074

Practice State
South Carolina


Traditional Practice


Professional Title

Managing Partner

Law School / Year / Degree

University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976, JD

State/Year Admitted to Practice


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; Executive Committee, 2007-2018; Board of Governors, 2005-2007; Board of Directors, AAML Foundation, 2007-2012; Special Advisor and Advisory Board, AAML Foundation, 2013-2021). 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, 2008-2021; Chapter President, International Network of Boutique Law Firms, 2007-2021; Member, International Academy of Family 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 and 2016-2021; 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 Justice, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, Family Court Judicial Liaison, 1983-86; Chair, 1983-84; Vice-Chair, 1982-83; Secretary, 1981-82; Treasurer, 1980-81. SC Bar, Judicial Qualifications Committee.

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: ¦ Presenter, “Ten More Things I Wish I Knew Thirty Years Ago- A Master’s “Master Class