J. Stephen Welch

McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC - Greenville
135 Edinburgh Court Ste 202

South Carolina injury lawyer James Stephen “Steve” Welch is a valued member of the legal team at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. Contact him today for experienced legal counsel on any medical malpractice or personal injury matter. Call 855-434-2209 and schedule a free case evaluation.

South Carolina personal injury lawyer Steve Welch joined McGowan, Hood & Felder, 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: http://blog.fuzzylogiclaw.com

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, 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