Jim Lichty started practicing workers’ compensation in 2001. Since then, he has represented only carriers and employers, appearing at hundreds of hearings before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. He has also appeared before the S.C. Court of Appeals. Whether a large multi-national corporation or a “mom-and-pop” business, Jim understands that all clients deserve legal counsel who take time to fully understand their business and legal needs. He is always mindful to seek results that provide the best value possible for his clients. Jim is also a proponent of keeping his clients advised through frequent and open communication.

Jim started practicing with MGC in 2003. “The perks of practicing law with MGC are too numerous to list,” Jim says, “but the relationships I’ve developed with some of my clients was something I did not expect when I first became an attorney. Over the years, some of my client have become very good friends.” Since 2014, Jim has served as team leader for the workers’ compensation practice group in the Columbia office, helping to improve the efficiency of attorneys, paralegals and support staff. He is also intimately involved with planning and producing the firm’s annual Educational Seminar, which is attended by nearly 500 clients each year. Jim is also on the planning committee for the SCWCEA Medical Seminar.

When not practicing law, Jim devotes as much time as possible to his wife and two daughters. He serves on the board of the Richland County Gamecock Club and enjoys attending South Carolina Gamecocks athletic events. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is also very important to Jim. He is an avid runner and cyclist.

Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation


  • University of Maryland School of Law (JD)
  • University of South Carolina (BS)

Professional Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association (Medical Conference Planning Committee)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association

Bar Admissions

  • 2001 South Carolina

Community Involvement

  • MGC Charitable Giving Committee (Columbia Chair)
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Confirmation Class Teacher, Youth & Ministry Outreach)
  • Lamda Chi Alpha Alumni (Board)
  • Richland County Gamecock Club