Attorney Mark C. McLawhorn

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About Mark C. McLawhorn

Mark C. McLawhorn is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He started his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable H. Bruce Williams, Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, Mark enrolled at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, which is one of the most prestigious law schools in Asia. He was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. The Chinese University of Hong Kong awarded Mark a Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law with Dean’s List Honors.

Upon completing his studies in Hong Kong, Mark was afforded the opportunity to gain extensive experience in federal litigation. He served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Mark was a contract attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina.

Mark was an Assistant Federal Public Defender at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of South Carolina where he represented clients in federal court on drug, firearm, white-collar, and criminal immigration offenses. His advocacy resulted in the suppression of an involuntary confession based on coercive police interrogation and suppression of drug and firearm evidence that was the result of an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.

Prior to starting McLawhorn Legal, Mark was an associate at a Columbia based law firm where he worked on state and federal criminal matters, commercial litigation, and personal injury cases. He successfully represented clients in criminal trials in state court as lead and co-counsel, which resulted in the granting of a directed verdict motion and not guilty verdicts.


  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
    LL.M., Chinese Business Law, Dean’s List Honors, 2012
  • The University of South Carolina School of Law
    J.D., May 2009
  • The University of South Carolina,
    B.A., Political Science, Minor: Economics, May 2006
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    Recipient, Guy Levis Grant Award (highest undergraduate award for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.)

Admitted to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Associations, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Fellow, Richard W. Riley, Diversity Leadership Institute, Midlands Class 2016
  • Advisory Panel Member, R2i2 Student Innovation Center
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney District Representative for the District of South Carolina Term Expires: 12/1/2023
  • Panel Member, 2019 United States District Court for the District of South Carolina’s Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel-Florence Division
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Honoree, The State Newspaper’s 20 Under 40 2020 edition
  • Featured in the Columbia Business Monthly’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under 2020 edition

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