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Gene Palmer Vaught III

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


843.449.2317 (Litigation)

Gene P. Vaught, III is a native of Horry County, South Carolina, where he graduated from Conway High School. Gene graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991. While in law school, Gene served as a Senate Page for the late J. M. Long, Jr. (former Horry County Solicitor).

After practicing for two years with the law firm of Williams & Brink in Lexington, South Carolina, Gene returned home to the Myrtle Beach area in 1993 and joined the law firm of McCutchen, Mumford & Diggs. In 1996, Gene became a partner and shareholder in the firm and the firm name was changed to McCutchen, Mumford & Vaught. Gene became a managing partner of the firm, now known as McCutchen, Mumford, Vaught & Geddie, P.A. in 2010. Gene's practice is concentrated in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and worker's compensation law. Additionally, Gene is heavily involved in defective product cases.

Gene also has significant experience in criminal law. He is a member of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers' Association, the Horry County Bar, and the Injured Workers' Advocates. He has served on various committees pertaining to worker's compensation law, and has spoken at seminars on various issues pertaining to worker's compensation and ethics. Gene is heavily involved with the South Carolina Law Related Education program, and served for many years as an Attorney Coach for both middle and high school mock trial teams. Gene's mock trial teams garnered 8 Regional Championships and three State Championships. In 2012, Gene was named by the South Carolina Bar as Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year. Gene is married and he and his wife Dawn have four children: Lauren, Clay, Josh and Caleb. Gene continues to be heavily involved with local schools in the Myrtle Beach area and is a frequent volunteer and speaker at Career Day functions.

Year Joined Firm

Partner Since 1993

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Workers Compensation
Wrongful Death
Products Liability/Defective Products
Criminal Defense
Litigation Percentage

Past Employment Positions

North Myrtle Beach Middle School Mock Trial Team, Attorney Coach, 2003 - 2007
Williams & Brink, Associate, 1991 - 1993

Bar Admissions

South Carolina, 1991
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina


University of South Carolina School of Law,
Columbia, South Carolina
University of South Carolina,
Columbia, South Carolina
B.A. - 1988
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

Lawyer of the Year, 2012
2012 South Carolina Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Voted as a Finalist by the Horry News Readers Choice Awards as Best Criminal Attorney in both 2014 and 2015.

Pro Bono Activities

Middle School Mock Trial Coach, 2000 - Present
High School Mock Trial Coach, 2008 - Present


Chi Psi

Professional Associations and Memberships

South Carolina Bar, Member, 1991 - Present
Horry County Bar Association, Member, 1993 - Present
Injured Workers Advocates, Member, 1997 - Present
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys


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