W. Chad Jenkins

Partner | Shareholder

Partner W. Chad Jenkins’ primary areas of practice include criminal defense, family court matters, and personal injury/workers compensation cases. He recently obtained a sizable verdict for a local business in a worker’s compensation insurance coverage dispute after the case was appealed all the way to the South Carolina Supreme Court and he has assisted workers compensation clients in obtaining the care and benefits they are entitled. Chad has a thriving criminal defense practice and regularly handles felony and misdemeanor cases, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and other traffic-related matters. He served as a presenter at a continuing legal education seminar on criminal trials in South Carolina and at a training seminar for magistrate judges. He has taken courses to become certified in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Datamaster certified, and continues to learn law enforcement’s latest techniques, including Drug Recognition Evaluations.  Chad recently presented on “Defending A Breath Test Case” at the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Reese Joye DUI Seminar and at the DUIDLA seminar.  His goal is to be the most informed person in the room about the latest trends in criminal procedure. During college and law school, he served as an office courier and law clerk at Pope & Hudgens. After serving a judicial clerkship in the South Carolina Circuit Court, he returned to Pope & Hudgens to practice law in 2000. A Union, South Carolina native, Chad and his wife, Melanie, are members of Central United Methodist Church and the Carolinian Society. Chad served as an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at Newberry College for the Fall 2016 Semester, previously served on the local YMCA Board of Directors, and coached a local high school mock-trial team.  Chad enjoys hunting and bicycling.

Areas of Practice


Including DUAC
Drug and/or Alcohol Violations

Criminal Defense
Assaults, Murder, Manslaughter
Felonies and Misdemeanors
Drug Crimes
Criminal Domestic Violence
Traffic Offenses

Family Court
Child Support

Personal Injury Litigation
Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation
Automobile Accidents
Truck Accidents
Slip and FallOther Litigation
Business Litigation
Insurance Bad Faith


 DUI Defense  
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