William McDow
  • Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 
  • Columbia, SC 29202
  • William C. “Bill” McDow 

  • Shareholder 
  • Columbia Office
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 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

Major Verdicts/Settlements

  • July 2015, Obtained a Defense Verdict in Gene Franklin Patton, Jr. and Melinda Patton v. Kershaw Urology, LLC and Augustine Mireku-Boateng, M.D.
  • March 2015, Obtained a Defense Verdict in Pamela Stuck, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Helen
    M. Spalding v. Dr. James B. Tribble, Individually and as Agent, Servant or Employee of Surgical Associates of South Carolina, PA; Dr. Heyward H. Fouche, Individually and as Agent, Servant or Employee of Critical Health Systems of South Carolina, PA d/b/a American Anesthesiology; Palmetto Health Alliance d/b/a Palmetto Health Baptist; Surgical Associates of South Carolina, PA and Critical Health Systems of South Carolina, PA d/b/a American Anesthesiology
  • May 2014, Obtained a Defense Verdict in Thelma E. Sanders, acting by and through her attorney-in-fact, Patricia M. Evans v. M. David Mitchell, MD, Michael R. Henderson, MD and Orthopaedic Associates, PA 
  • October 2012, Obtained a Defense Verdict in Doris F. Atkinson and William E. Atkinson, Jr. v. James A. Williams, Jr., MD and South Carolina Oncology Associates
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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  • 2019-2013, South Carolina Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell
  • October 2015, Selected as one of the Columbia area Legal Elite by Greater Columbia Business Monthly