Judah N. VanSyckel was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2010. His practice areas include Federal Qui Tam and whistleblower actions, criminal defense, healthcare matters, and general civil litigation. He helps individuals and businesses solve problems in litigation and administrative settings.
Mr. VanSyckel graduated in 2006 from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He matriculated in the fall of 2007 at the Charleston School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor in 2010.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. VanSyckel had the great fortune to work in government service and learn from more experienced attorneys. From August 2011 to April 2015, Mr. VanSyckel had the pleasure of working for the York County Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. While there, Mr. VanSyckel handled a variety of matters in the various courts in York County, including the Circuit Court level General Sessions Court and the Magistrate and Municipal Courts in the county. He defended matters including exotic white-collar cases like insurance and securities fraud cases and 1st Amendment matters, and more general DUI, larceny, drug, and violent crime matters. While an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. VanSyckel tried over twenty cases to a jury verdict.
In April 2015, Mr. VanSyckel joined the South Carolina Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General. For most of his time, he worked in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit where he investigated and prosecuted fraud committed by healthcare providers. In addition to the state level prosecutions, Mr. VanSyckel also worked with the local U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Columbia office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, and the local office of the Internal Revenue Service in the investigation of Federal criminal level prosecutions and Federal False Claims Act cases. Additionally, Mr. VanSyckel briefly spent time defending the State on Post-Conviction Relief claims.
Mr. VanSyckel opened his own firm, Saluda Law, LLC in September 2017. In April 2019, he was invited to partner with James McCutchen and Robin McLean of the Mac Law Firm and the resulting partnership resulted in the creation of McCutchen McLean and VanSyckel, LLC.