Patrick J. McLaughlin was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. Upon graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1997, Mr. McLaughlin continued to work as a General Manager for a company that runs several family entertainment centers in North and South Carolina. In 2002, Mr. McLaughlin chose to return to school, enrolling at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Upon graduating from law school in December 2005, Mr. McLaughlin returned home to Florence to begin his legal practice with the Wukela Law Firm. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2006.
Mr. McLaughlin’s practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, civil rights cases, and wrongful death cases. He also practices criminal defense, defending those accused of crimes, DUIs and traffic violations in South Carolina.
Mr. McLaughlin is a past President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), the state’s largest professional association of criminal defense lawyers. He continues to be actively involved in SCACDL, assisting with legislative matters, seminars, and appearing on behalf of SCACDL in support of member lawyers and issues which affect the administration of criminal justice in South Carolina.
Mr. McLaughlin has undergone National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) training in the following:
-DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
-Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E)
-Drug Evaluation and Classification (DECP)/ Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
Mr. McLaughlin has tried jury trials in both state and federal courts. He has represented clients on civil and criminal appeals before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
South Carolina, 2006
United States District Court for the State of South Carolina, 2006
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2014
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, J.D.
University of South Carolina, B.A.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors Member
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President
Florence County and South Carolina Bar Member
Chair of South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Defense 101 seminar
Presenter at SCACDL seminars and Francis Marion University Constitution Day
Slip and Fall
Interference with Right to Contract
Fraud and Deceit
SC Tort Claims Act
Title 42, Section 1983
General Sessions (Others)
General Sessions (DUI)
Post Conviction Relief
Magistrate & City
Primary Election Challenges
General Election Challenges
Voter Access Issues