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Stan Lacy joined Joel Collins to form Collins & Lacy in 1984, and he practices in the area of workers’ compensation.  Stan graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1967. While at the University of Virginia, he served as President of the Engineering School, President of Sigma Pi Fraternity and was a member of the Trigon Society.  He then served four years in the United States Air Force, becoming a captain, where he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for the work he did on the Vietnamization of the war in Southeast Asia.  He also received the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Ribbon. He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1974 and was admitted to practice in South Carolina during the same year.  He began teaching workers’ compensation as an adjunct instructor in 1981 and has continued to teach ever since. He also frequently conducts workshops on compensation laws.

Former S.C. Governor Carroll Campbell appointed Stan to the Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Workers' Compensation Laws in South Carolina, where he worked with the legislature to review and revise legislation affecting the state’s workers' compensation system. He is considered one of South Carolina’s pre-eminent attorneys according to peers and Martindale-Hubbell and also was selected by his peers for six consecutive years to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.


  • University of South Carolina, Juris Doctor
    • Society of the Wig and Robe
    • South Carolina Moot Court
    • South Carolina Law Review
  • University of Virginia, B.S. Aerospace Engineering


  • South Carolina

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation


  • Collins & Lacy in the Blogosphere: Bookmark these Blogs
  • Four Collins & Lacy Attorneys Selected for South Carolina Super Lawyers® 2011
  • Eight Collins & Lacy Attorneys Designated “Best Lawyers”
  • Eight Collins & Lacy Attorneys Selected for 2010 Best Lawyers
  • Five Collins & Lacy Attorneys Selected for 'Best Lawyers 2009
  • Stan Lacy Elected to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association Board

Practice Focus/Trial Experience

  • Workers’ Compensation: over 30 years of experience before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, practicing workers’ compensation exclusively for over 20 years and working on all phases of workers’ compensation, including appeals to all appellate courts.  Has argued many landmark cases to Supreme Court including Breeden v TCW/Tennessee Express, 355 S.C. 112, 584 S.E.2d 379 (2003)  and  Pee v. AVM, Inc., 352 S.C. 167, 573 S.E.2d 785 (2002).

Awards and Recognition

  • Lifetime Service Award, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association (2012)
  • Best Lawyers© (2005-2014)
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Workers' Compensation & Employment Law in Columbia, SC (2012)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® (2011-2014)
  • Leadership in the Law Award, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly(2012)
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award (2013)
    • Silver Beaver Award (1995)
    • District Award of Merit (1992) 

Professional, Civic, and Community Involvement

  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators
  • South Carolina Self-Insurers Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
    • Board Member
    • Past-President
  • South Carolina School of Law - Adjunct Professor, (1980 - Present)
    • Workers' Compensation Course
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Cub Master, Pack 408 (1996-2001)
    • District Chairman (1988 - 1992)
    • Cub Master, Pack 2 (1983 – 1987)
  • Church of the Cross Episcopal
    • Senior Warden
    • Junior Warden
    • Mission Committee

Papers, Presentations and Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Founding Partner Stanford E. Lacy to present at the The Risk and Insurance Management Society's Southeastern Education Conference, October 6, 2010

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