James L. McCutchen

Founding Partner

James McCutchen
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James McCutchen earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English from The College of Charleston, Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude from Charleston School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, and Certificate in State in Local Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

James is admitted to practice law in the State of South Carolina, U.S. Federal Court for the District of South Carolina, and U.S. Tax Court. He serves as a Council member of the South Carolina Bar Tax Law Section and member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Bar. Moreover, James has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a mediator in Probate Law and Civil Law.

During law school, James served as a member of The Charleston Law Review, associate justice of the moot court board, and captain of the advanced mock trial team. He also served as a member of the honor council. While a student at the College of Charleston, James served as the captain of the advanced mock trial team, representing the College at tournaments across the United States.

Before starting his own practice, James served as a tax litigation attorney, tax policy attorney, and attorney for the Office of General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Revenue for six years. James handled various legal matters for the Department, including contractual and procurement, collection, and Taxation.

At McCutchen McLean, LLC James handles a variety of legal issues including tax resolution and controversy, complex estate planning, probate conflict and administration, and he serves as corporate counsel for several small to medium-size businesses. James previously served as the Privacy Officer of the South Carolina Department of Revenue where he learned a great deal about information technology security law and IT contract law.  He has continued to practice in these areas in the private sector for his business clients.

James is married to Allison McCutchen, who previously served as a respiratory therapist at Lexington Medical Center and currently serves as a member of the Town of Lexington Beautification Committee. They have three children, two boys, and one girl.


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English, College of Charleston
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Charleston School of Law, Cum Laude
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, Georgetown University Law center
  • Graduate Certificate, State and Local Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center

CALI Awards (Highest Grade In Class)

Bar Membership

South Carolina Bar, November 2011

  • Member, Lexington County Bar Association
  • Attorney Coach, River Bluff High School Mock Trial Team (2013-Present)
  • Former Treasurer, Charleston Law Alumni Board of Directors (2013-2015)

Contact James L. McCutchen today to see how the McCutchen McLean team can assist you.



James McCutchen drafted our estate planning documents and he did a fantastic job. The entire process was easy and affordable. I highly recommend James for any of your estate planning or probate needs.



James McCutchen helped me with my business contract for my new business venture. He was able to offer helpful and informative suggestions and recommendations for my contract. It is reassuring to have someone like James look over my contract to know that I will be covered. His service was outstanding and I highly recommend him for your legal needs!!



I recently had a tax issue with the IRS. I called McCutchen McClean law firm and they were able to fit me in quickly. They sat down with me, reviewed all the documents, listened to my concerns, and gave me wonderful advice as to how to fix the issue. They were friendly and understanding. Now, my tax issue is resolved, taking a HUGE weight off my mind. I would recommend them for any tax issue you may have! The service, hospitality, knowledge, and professionalism was outstanding!



We recently used James McCutchen and we could not be any happier! He was very kind, thorough when answering all of our questions and the best part of all we got everything completed pretty quickly. We highly recommend James. Thanks again for everything!



I have referred several clients to them. My clients are very happy with the outstanding, timely service they receive. James and Robin are extremely smart and professional, yet speak in "plain english" so everyone walks away educated regarding their tax, estate or family law issue.



Smart people that do great work.



I used Robin McLean as an attorney to secure a divorce about 20 months ago. I found her to be efficient, reasonably priced, and very well skilled. I was completely happy with her work. She did what she said. Since that time, I needed additional help with paperwork and she responded promptly and to my complete satisfaction. I highly recommend Robin as an attorney.


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