William McDow

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Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 

Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 

Columbia, SC 29202

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Sandra Davidson



Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense 
  • Nursing Home and Long Term Care Defense 
  • Professional Malpractice 
  • Insurance Defense 
  • Professional licensing issues before state boards


  • University of South Carolina, Lancaster (A.A., cum laude, 1984) 
  • University of South Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 1986) 
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • 1989, South Carolina 
  • 1995, U.S. District Court of South Carolina 
  • 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

William C. McDow
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William C. McDow is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Columbia office. Since his father is a now retired physician, he naturally focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, along with nursing home litigation, insurance defense, and professional malpractice. After graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., until 1991, and then worked as an assistant solicitor in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office before joining Richardson Plowden in 1995.

Mr. McDow's experience includes:

  • Successful prosecution of criminal cases of all types, including murder trials, while working as an assistant solicitor. 
  • Representation of many medical malpractice and nursing home defense cases. 
  • Certified mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court.


Community Involvement

  • Mr. McDow is married with two children. He is a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. In 2006, he served as the moderator for its Board of Deacons. He was installed to serve a three-year term as Elder in January 2012.



  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court

Other Professional

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar Association 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association 
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards, Honors, Accolades

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  • 2023-2008, South Carolina Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • 2023, 2022, 2015 "Midlands Legal Elite" by Columbia Business Monthly for Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbel