Walton J. McLeod, IV
Columbia & Charleston Personal Injury Attorney
Attorney Walton J. "Tad" McLeod, IV is a South Carolina native
dedicated to providing effective advocacy for any person in need. Born
in Columbia, Tad grew up in Little Mountain, South Carolina located in
Tad is a graduate of Episcopal High School (1997), Tulane University (B.A.
2001) and the University of South Carolina, School of Law (J.D. 2008).
Tad was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2008, the United States
District Court for the District of South Carolina in 2009, and the U.S.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 2012.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Tad served as a Surface Warfare Officer
in the United States Navy and was based out of Norfolk, Virginia. During
his naval service Tad served as Strike Warfare Officer of USS Thorn (DD-988)
and Navigator of USS Mitscher (DDG-57), participating in deployments to
the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean supporting operations for the global
war on terrorism. He is passionate about his state, country and serving
fellow Americans through his legal practice.
Legal Career and Practice Areas
After graduating from the University of South Carolina, School of Law,
Tad served as law clerk for the Honorable James R. Barber, III, and later
began his practice in the field of insurance defense litigation and later
transitioned to personal injury litigation. Today he also represents veterans
who are seeking VA Disability Compensation both at the local regional
office level and appellate stage. In addition to his representation of
veterans, Tad concentrates his practice in civil litigation representing
people who have been seriously injured or aggrieved as a result of negligence,
auto accidents, tractor trailer collisions, financial fraud, consumer
matters, and bad faith insurance claim denials. He has also successfully
defended clients whose professional licenses were under investigation
before the S.C. Department of Labor, License and Regulation (SCLLR).
Taking Time to Give Back
Tad has volunteered his time to assist with middle and high school mock
trial competitions throughout the Midlands of South Carolina and served
as a special prosecutor for the Attorney General's office in matters
involving criminal domestic violence. He is also a member of the Young
Lawyer's Division iCivics committee and enjoys going to local schools
to discuss the importance and organization or our democracy. In addition
Tad is also member of the American Legion, Richland Sertoma Club, and
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Tad and his wife Catherine live in Irmo,
South Carolina with their three children, and are active members of St.
Andrews Presbyterian Church.
- South Carolina Bar Association
- Richland County Bar Association
- Newberry County Bar Association
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel -2015
- Leadership Columbia (2015) – Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
- Leadeship Academy (2012) – South Carolina Bar