Community


Peace Center for the Performing Arts
Photo by David Crosby
Crosby Stills Photography
A major attraction of our practice is the opportunity for direct and immediate involvement in community affairs. Virtually every member of the firm takes part in a significant way in helping to shape the community in which we live.

Various members of the firm are actively involved in local and national politics (in both the Republican and Democratic parties) – some have run for public office, for the most part with favorable results. The Firm is well represented in local civic affairs. Our members include a past president of the United Way, a chairman of the board of an African-American community service organization, a former City Council member, a past chairman of the local housing authority, a chairman of the Greenville County Board of Health, a panel member of the South Carolina Procurement Panel, a Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, a dedicated champion of public education who is a board member of Success by Six, Graduate Greenville and the Alliance for Quality Education, and several attorneys who are active in the local chapter of the Urban League.

In 2002 the firm was recognized for its long history of support for the arts with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts in the business division. The Award recognized our history of leadership, as well as visionary ideas, in creating an environment in which the arts have flourished in Greenville. For the past half century, almost every member of this relatively small law firm has served on or been president of the board of directors of an arts organization in Greenville, including the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Greenville Little Theatre, the Warehouse Theatre, the Greenville Symphony, the Greenville County Art Museum, the Carolina Youth Symphony, the Greenville Arts Festival, the Savoyards, and the South Carolina Children's Theatre. It can be estimated that members of the firm and their families have enriched the arts community by millions of dollars, contributing significantly to such artistic successes as the Peace Center for the Performing Arts and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. The firm is credited with helping Warehouse Theatre relocate to the rejuvenated West End section of the city, and Heritage Green to become the cultural anchor for the re-birth of downtown. Firm members have not only dedicated personal resources and professional expertise to launching major art facilities, they have had a successful influence in persuading the Greenville business community to join their crusades.

However, the support of the arts community is more than financial. Many Wyche attorneys are "Sunday" musicians, painters and writers. Members of the firm have performed in the Greenville Civil Chorale, the Winter Wednesday concert series at Christ Church (underwritten by Wyche), the South Carolina Children's Theatre, and the Greenville Little Theatre; we boast of having a percussionist and lead singer in an active, much-in-demand 50's retro rock and roll band, as well as the first chair bassoonist in a volunteer philharmonic orchestra, the Foothills Philharmonic.

In addition to their civic and cultural leadership roles, many members of the firm are actively involved in conservation activities which have resulted in the establishment of parks, nature preserves, and conservation easements over large expanses of nearby mountain lands. Several Wyche attorneys serve on the boards of entities that are active in influencing the cause of conservation and have received many prestigious state and national awards for their conservation efforts, including the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental and Resource Stewardship.

We are particularly proud of Tommy Wyche's environ­mental preservation work, and his nature photography. Tommy has worked tirelessly to protect and preserve the special places in the mountains and woodlands of Upstate South Carolina. His love for this region and its unspoiled locales is captured in a series of books of his photography. Tommy's photographs are featured throughout this website, and his coffee table books are listed and linked on his biography page.

The list of Wyche's contri­bution to the community could go on. The important point is that our commitment to the community embraces everyone, from associates to senior members, and runs the gamut of interests and influence.