Attorney Profile

W. Verne McGough, Jr. founded the McGough Law Firm, P.A. to provide outstanding client-centered service to families and small businesses in Columbia and Lexington, South Carolina and the surrounding counties. Verne helps people take care of their families through personalized estate planning, represents individuals and businesses in tax controversy and tax collection matters, and assists professionals and small businesses in tax efficient corporate planning and transactions.


  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • United States Tax Court


  • LL.M in Taxation – Boston University
  • Juris Doctor – University of South Carolina School of Law
  • International Master of Business Administration – Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
  • B.A. in Music Performance – Appalachian State University

Legal Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section and Section of Taxation)
  • South Carolina Bar (Tax Section, Probate, Trust and Estate Section and Solo and Small Firm Section)
  • Tax Law Section of the South Carolina Bar (Vice Chair - 2016-2017, Council Member - 2012-2017)
  • South Carolina Bar – Pro Bono Committee (2013-2017)
  • South Carolina Bar – CLE Publications Committee (2013-2017)
  • Columbia Tax Study Group
  • Columbia Estate Planning Council

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • First Baptist Church of Columbia (Co-Leader, The Porch Sunday School Class)
  • Irmo / St. Andrews Rotary Club (President, 2016-2017)
  • Lake Murray Dam Run (Race Director, 2016)
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Wills Clinics sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar


  • Legal Elite of the Midlands – Estate and Trust Law (2013)
  • Legal Elite of the Midlands – Corporate Business Law (2013)
  • Legal Elite of the Midlands - Taxation Law (2014)