Serving Clients Throughout Upstate South Carolina

Serving Clients Throughout Upstate South Carolina

Richard E. Thompson Jr.

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Current Employment Position

  • Partner, Thompson & King, 1998

Practice Areas

  • Social Security Disability
  • VA Disability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Municipal Law and Other Legal Matters
  • Family Law


Richard Thompson grew up in the Starr area of Anderson County where his dad's family has lived since 1840. As a child he spent his summers in Greenwood , S.C. at his maternal grandparent's farm. He graduated from Crescent High School in 1972 and Erskine College Cum Laude in 1976. He was awarded the American Legion medal at Erskine in 1976. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1979. During law school and after graduation he worked with Columbia attorney J. Marvin Mullis until April 1980 when he began employment at Harold R. Lowery and Associates in Anderson and worked at the Lowery Law Firm until January 1998 when he resigned from the firm to begin a separate practice with Robert B. King, Jr.

Richard and his wife Joyce have been married since November 1, 1980 and have 2 adult children. Joyce is a retired school teacher, avid quilter, and church organist.

Richard presently serves as church organist at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Hartwell, Ga. where he is a member.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Erskine College, Due West, SC
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Biology

Representative Clients

  • Anderson County Board of Education
  • The Town of Pelzer


  • Peoples Bank
  • First Citizens Bank

Past Positions

  • Lowery, Thompson & King, Partner, 1989 to 1998
  • Lowery, Hood & Thompson, Partner, 1984 to 1989
  • Lowery & Hood, Associate, 1980 to 1984

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • Euphemian Society, Member
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Anderson County Bar

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1981

Representative Cases

  • Chamblee v. Chamblee, 293 S.E. 2d 433, 1982, Sup. Ct. S.C., 1982132347
  • State v. Cooper, 306 S.E. 2d 598, 1983, Sup. Ct. S.C., 1983140801
  • Anderson County School District No.1 v. Anderson County Board of Education et al, 371 S.E. 2d 807, 1988, S.C. Ct. of App., 1988114952
  • Wilson v. Wilson, 439 S.E. 2d 323, 1993, S.C. Ct. of App., 1993245125
  • Wilson v. Wilson, 461 S.E. 2d 816, 1995, S.C. Sup. Ct., 1995179738
  • State v. David Mance 89-GS-04-0031 (successful defense of a Death Penalty Case)