Influence on the Firm
A Friend. A Founder. A Legacy.
Tommy Wyche's visionary leadership shaped Wyche into a unique law firm where like-minded attorneys could build a meaningful practice in a community that they love. We are proud to honor his legacy by continuing to make Wyche a place where excellence, creativity, and service to others can live on.
In 1973, Tommy founded Naturaland Trust, a conservation land trust among the first in the Southeast, which helped foster the development of several state parks.
Tommy also looked to create ways to help people enjoy this protected land. He oversaw the design and creation of 43 hiking trails in Mountain Bridge preserve. He designed and sponsored the only suspension bridge in South Carolina.
What Others Say:
"Tommy Wyche is why I came to this firm. The Wyche law firm’s reputation has always been highly regarded, and I’d heard Tommy was one of the smartest, most creative business lawyers around. He always told us that there are many sophisticated legal needs in this town, and working here has always been interesting, challenging and fun… Tommy led by example. He always emphasized how important it is for all of us lawyers to work together and contribute to the community. He found really good people and then trusted them to do their job, and he created a working environment where we all feel like friends and family."
Marshall Winn, Wyche member
"Tommy Wyche was the most remarkable Greenvillian I've ever known. His vision for the city and love of the mountains made us what we are today. He saw in our downtown and our river what its potential could be decades before it would be realized."
Mayor Knox White
"Tommy was one of the most powerful people I’ve ever known, but he was very quiet, very calm, and very unassuming. He was brilliant. He knew when the time was right, and he had everything in place in his mind. Tommy stretched everybody who was around him—he stretched our imagination. He got to the very core of great thought with people."
Virginia Uldrick, founder of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
"There's an art to being a Renaissance man, and Tommy was pretty good at it. To me that expresses it. It's not binary. The pure 'I'm against growth' guy is ultimately doomed to fail. And the pure 'I'm for profit at all cost' guy is likewise doomed to fail. The time horizon is very long for both of those… Tommy got that you can't leave this place worse, and you've got to balance what you do. It's not as simple as either extreme. It's in the middle… Tommy wasn't doing it for attention. It's easy, it's cheap, to pick one side and become the apostle of that side. That's what we see in politics now—only extremes get the vote. Understanding both sides—I think that's one reason Tommy kept his head down. That's why I think he was genuine. He wasn't trying to claim credit for these things."
Bob Hughes, Hughes Development
"He had a unique combination of a grand vision and also the willingness and ability to undertake the real world pragmatism needed to make that vision a reality. Many people have vision, but very few people can take a vision and convert it into a reality that changes the world."
Frank Holleman, president of Naturaland Trust