South Carolina Association of Justice Names Midlands’ Attorney Theile McVey as New President

(Columbia, SC) – The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) has named a new President. Midlands’ attorney Theile McVey of Kassel McVey is taking over leadership of the State’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers. She will be replacing attorney Hugh McAngus, Jr., whose one-year term has expired.

SCAJ has over 1200 members and is the State’s leading advocate for an equal opportunity justice system where everyone has access to fairness under the law. Theile’s background of legal success coupled with community outreach and activism makes her an ideal fit for the position.

“Many of my clients come to me for help in the darkest moments of their life. They are often hurt or grieving, facing challenges from every direction. The one place that shouldn’t be another layer of pain for them is a judicial system that picks favorites or limits their access to justice. I look forward to using the collective voice of our association to keep our legal system open and fair to all,” Theile said.

Theile graduated with honors from Columbia College in 1997 and in 2000, she received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Theile partnered with John Kassel to form Kassel McVey, where she serves as a managing partner.

Theile is devoted to the advancement of the legal profession, serving as an active member in the South Carolina Bar Association. She also serves as a member of the Law Alumni Council for the USC School of Law. She has received numerous awards from various organizations such as the South Carolina Super Lawyer (2013 to 2018), Legal Elite of the Midlands (2011 to 2018), and recipient of the 2017 Gold Compleat Lawyer Award from USC School of Law (the highest award given to alumnae of the school).

SCAJ has a new group of officers serving in leadership positions, including:
James L. “Jay” Ward now serves as President-Elect and is with McGowan, Hood & Felder. A native of Saluda, South Carolina, Jay’s interest in law began as a child. His parents owned a store across from the town’s courthouse. He spent his formative years observing legal proceedings and speaking to the attorneys and staff who worked there. When he started school, there was little question he would one day end up practicing law. Ward graduated with honors from The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Richards McCrae has been elected Vice-President and is with Morton & Gettys. A York County native who joined Morton & Gettys in 2009, Richards is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice includes personal injury cases and other civil lawsuits.

Bert G. “Skip” Utsey is Secretary-Treasurer and is with Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, and Detrick. Skip graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and practices in all areas of personal injury law but focuses on bad faith insurance actions, insurance coverage disputes, and medical malpractice. He also handles contract and commercial litigation.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded in 1957 to serve as advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others and to strengthen the justice system through education and action. With membership from all across South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization fighting for fairness under the law. Visit for more information on the Association.

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