D. Michael Parham was born August 8, 1950, in Spartanburg, SC, to parents Herbert L. Parham Sr. and Betty Hope Parham. He graduated from Clemson University in 1972 and the USC School of Law in 1975. He was a member of the Society of Wig and Robe and a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law.
In 1975, Parham began practicing law as a plaintiff’s attorney for Abrams, Bowen, Robertson & Tapp Law Firm, later becoming a founding partner of Parham & Smith Law Firm.
He was a member of the American Bar Association, S.C. Trial Lawyers Association, S.C. Bar, Greenville County Bar Association, The Inner Circle of Advocates, Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Parham was past president of the American Cancer Society of Greenville, a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Clemson, vestry of St. Peters Episcopal Church and a member of IPTAY. Generous, kind and loving, he left his mark on many lives, helping give a voice to those who could not speak for themselves.
D. Michael Parham died on September 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Judy H. Parham; two daughters, Jennifer P. Campbell and Autumn P. Callison; granddaughter, Lily Campbell; his mother, Betty H. Parham; and brother, Herbert L. Parham Jr.