JOSEPH M. McCULLOCH, JR.
• Date Admitted to South Carolina Bar: 1977
• Undergraduate: University of South Carolina, B.A. 1974
• Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1977
• Certified Circuit Court Mediator
• "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell
• Included in the 2014 Best Attorneys in the Midlands list
Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr., is a seasoned litigator and former prosecutor with over thirty-four years of experience. He approaches legal problems with a creative sophistication, competence, and confidence borne of years spent in the courtroom. Mr. McCulloch is a strategist and problem solver. As member of the South Carolina Bar since 1977, he is dedicated to representing and defending clients accused of serious crimes both in federal and state courts. Mr. McCulloch is a Founder and past president of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and long time member of the South Carolina Association of Justice and the National Association of Civil Defense Lawyers. A frequent lecturer to attorneys and judges, he has annually provided the criminal law evidence update at the statewide meeting of the South Carolina Bar Association for over 15 years.
Before starting his own practice in 1996, Mr. McCulloch was a partner in a law firm in Columbia, South Carolina where he concentrated in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He has worked for thirty-one years as a practiced litigator and transactional lawyer. He has also worked with the South Carolina Supreme Court where he trained summary court judges among his other responsibilities. He also served as a Career Prosecutor with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina.
In addition to civil and criminal litigation and representation, Mr. McCulloch is focused on the representation of athletes, agents, institutions, coaches, and entertainment clients. For several years, he served as Associate Counsel to the University of South Carolina and thereafter as external counsel and frequently advised NCAA collegiate institutions and others in the area of Sports Law. For approximately 15 years, Mr. McCulloch has taught at the University of South Carolina Law School in the areas of Sports and Entertainment Law and Criminal Law.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. McCulloch is dedicated to a better community. He is a founder and current president of the South Carolina Palmetto Innocence Project, an endeavor initiated several years ago marshalling the assistance of volunteer lawyers in an effort to discover and exonerate those wrongfully convicted and has dedicated hundreds of hours towards the Project. He has served on various boards and commissions and provides counsel to groups and organizations.
Mr. McCulloch received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1974 and his J.D. Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977. He is the proud recipient of the Presidential Citation for Legal Advocacy for Extraordinary Service in Protecting the Civil Rights of South Carolinians presented by the South Carolina State NAACP.
KATHY R. SCHILLACI
• Date Admitted to South Carolina Bar: 1999
• Undergraduate: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), BA History Cum Laude, 1996
• Law School: University of Arkansas School of Law, JD, Cum Laude, 1999
• "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell
Kathy R. Schillaci has been in practice over a decade and has been an integral part of McCulloch Law for over six years concentrating in the areas of criminal and civil litigation and appellate practice. Before joining the firm in 2005, Kathy R. Schillaci practiced as an associate at a large South Carolina law firm where she concentrated in pharmaceutical, premises liability, and general defense litigation. Ms. Schillaci is committed to effective, considerate, and confidential representation and readily assists clients with the pressures and stresses associated with criminal charges and civil litigation.
Ms. Schillaci received her JD with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1999. While in law school, she received the Donald J. Adams Memorial Scholarship for Trial Advocacy, was elected and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Advocates, served as a pupil in the W.B. Putnam American Inn of Court, and had the honor of being a finalist at the National Vanderbilt First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, a competition involving a field of 36 law schools from across the country.
Since July 2004, she has been Vice-President and a volunteer at the Palmetto Innocence Project. She has spoken at various events on the topic of wrongful conviction and has been a guest speaker/lecturer at the University of South Carolina School of Law in both the sports and entertainment law classes.
Ms. Schillaci has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1999 and is a member of the South Carolina and Richland County Bar Associations. Ms. Schillaci has served in the past as the Fifteenth Circuit Representative for the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Division.
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