Greg McCollum owns the Complete Legal Defense Team which is a law firm in Myrtle Beach that concentrates on the defense of people who are wrongly accused and have a lot to lose. We have three main areas of practice: major felonies, DUI defense and a traffic court division.
Prior to going into private practice, Greg worked for over five years as a felony court prosecutor. Greg successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases in Horry and Georgetown counties. He has tried cases of every type of crime imaginable, from murder cases to every type of assault, robbery, kidnapping as well as every type of drug case from trafficking to possession. In 1994, Greg was selected to organize and create the first centralized DUI Court in Horry County, and was the prosecuting attorney in Horry County for every highway patrol DUI case made for about two years. As a prosecutor and a defense attorney, Greg has gone to trial in over two hundred cases, including over one hundred DUI trials.
Greg lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife, has three children ages 20, 8, and 6. He is an active member of the First Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. He has served on the Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Children’s Museum of South Carolina. He has served as the Myrtle Beach High School mock trial coach and currently coaches 6 year old girl’s soccer. He serves on the Public Defender Selection Committee and is past chairman of the Horry County Democratic party.
Greg is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of law. Greg is recognized as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the Myrtle Beach area.
Jeffrey T. Lucas, II was born in Lancaster, South Carolina and he grew up several miles away in Great Falls, South Carolina. While attending Great Falls High School he played baseball, golf, and was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) for three years. He later graduated in 2006 with honors.
Following high school, Jeffrey began studying political science and pre-law at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While there, Jeffrey was a member of the Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters. He graduated from CCU in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Pre-Law, both with cum laude honors.
In July 2010 Jeffrey moved to Charleston, South Carolina and accepted a position at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as an administrative specialist acting directly under the Director of Hepatology. While employed at MUSC Jeffrey studied for and successfully completed the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
In August 2011, Jeffrey was accepted into and became a student at the Charleston School of Law (CSOL). While a student at CSOL, Jeffrey received numerous accolades (Three CALI Awards) and acted both as an Articles Editor with Resolved: Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution and a member of the Criminal Law Society. It was at this point that Jeffrey discovered his true passion—criminal defense.
Thereafter, in December 2013, Jeffrey received his juris doctorate from CSOL. In February 2014, Jeffrey took the South Carolina Bar Exam and shortly thereafter discovered that he had been successful in doing so. He was later sworn in as a new member of the South Carolina Bar on May 19, 2014. One month later Jeffrey accepted an associate attorney position at the Greg McCollum Complete Legal Defense Team.
Sarah McCollum, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated from Washington Senior High School. Sarah served two years in the United States Air Force where she was stationed at Sculthorpe Air Force Base in the United Kingdom. She received a top secret United States Government security clearance and worked in the Base Communication Center. Upon leaving the Air Force she worked as a communications officer for ITT on Vandenburg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California. There she processed military and civilian messages in support of missile, satellites, and space shuttles launches.
Sarah moved to Myrtle Beach in 1994 where she worked briefly with local attorneys while attending college at night. In 1995 Sarah started work with Greg McCollum’s office as a legal assistant. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Coastal Carolina University in 2003 and now serves as the office manager.Sarah is an active member in the First United Methodist Church and is active in our community with multiple charities. She and Greg are married and have three children.
Michelle Schmalfeldt was born in Myrtle Beach and attended St. Andrew Catholic School Kindergarten through 8th grade. She attended Socastee High School where she later graduated in 2007 with a 3.8 GPA and multiple scholarship offers totaling more than $110,000.
Following high school, she attended Coastal Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2011. While at CCU, she was a member of the Dean’s List for multiple semesters and the President’s List. Michelle decided to further her education and obtained a Paralegal Certification through Horry Georgetown Technical College in May of 2014, graduating Cum Laude.
Michelle has worked in various areas of law for the past 5 years in the Myrtle Beach area. She has always had a passion for criminal law and the specific area of Criminal Defense, so she followed her heart and joined the Complete Legal Defense Team in the Fall of 2013.
In addition to Michelle’s work life, she is an active member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. She enjoys snowboarding in the winters and spending time with her family and going to the beach in the summers.
Heather Townsend was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her family owned a local tire company, “Elkins Tire”. Heather went to a private Catholic school and finished her schooling at Grimsley Sr. High School. She played in sports such as swimming, soccer, basketball, and studied tap dancing and ballet. Also, she studied classical piano and competed at UNC-G. After working in the restaurant industry, Heather returned to college at the age of 34 and earned her paralegal certification because of her love for the law. In 2011, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Horry Georgetown Technical College.
After two years, when the opportunity arose to work with Greg McCollum’s Complete Legal Defense Team, she welcomed the chance to work strictly in Criminal Law and became a part of the team in 2013. Heather is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree and is on the President’s List. Heather loves to remain active and is again studying classical piano and is a member of the APA Ladies Billiards League here in the Coastal Carolina area.
Donna Newman was born in Montgomery, Alabama into a large military family. With multiple siblings, she learned very quickly that one must be able to adapt to any situation.
Over the course of her life, Donna tried her hand in several vocations. One of the most prominent positions in her life was as an executive assistant to a Fortune 500 Television Holding Company where she juggled the daily routine for a very busy executive. Donna continued to learn different talents while she worked including gourmet cooking and floral arrangements. Eventually, she took her newfound love of flowers and the art of arrangements and opened her own floral shop. As time passed, Donna felt that she should mix all of these qualities into a single career and began assisting successful professional families with children.
Donna came to the Complete Legal Defense Team in 2014 where she works in multiple areas. She assists at the office when necessary, provides the office with flower arrangements and acts as the personal assistant to both Sarah, the office manager, and Greg, the owner and founder of the Complete Legal Defense Team so that they can provide the best criminal defense representation in Myrtle Beach.
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