The Hopkins Law Firm, LLC
The Hopkins Law Firm, LLC was founded on April 1, 2013, when the owner Bill Hopkins left the law practice of a large, national law firm in Montgomery, Alabama and relocated to Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Bill is a native South Carolinian and has owned a home in Litchfield by the Sea for a number of years. The firm is conveniently located on Highway 17 (Ocean Highway) right between Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach at the intersection of Highway 17 and Martin Luther King Highway.
The firm provides comprehensive legal representation to those in need regarding any type or manner of civil dispute, whether it be an auto accident, medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability, employment issue, divorce or custody case, or a real estate transaction. Bill has over 20 years of experience handling civil cases, and has personally tried 76 cases to jury verdict. This is a level of trial experience which you simply will not find in the surrounding areas. Bill’s trial experience sets him apart from other local attorneys. While the Hopkins Law Firm will do everything it can to resolve your case without the added stress, anxiety and uncertainty of a trial, you can rest assured that if an amicable resolution cannot be reached Bill will be prepared to try your case if necessary.
In addition to Bill, the firm employs Rhonda Slough as its paralegal. Rhonda is a local resident of Pawleys Island where she lives with her husband David and her son Jake. Her son Alan is a student at the College of Charleston. Rhonda is an experienced and dedicated employee, having several years of litigation experience, both on the plaintiff and defense side. Rhonda is a hard worker who will happily answer any questions you may have if Bill is unavailable. Rhonda is very professional and you can count on her to ensure you have a positive experience with the Hopkins Law Firm.
The firm’s slogan is Principled. Practical. Personal.
- We will abide by the rigid Principles required of attorneys when representing you. Bill has served several years on the South Carolina Bar Professional Responsibility Committee. We view the Rules of Professional Responsibility as a floor, rather than the ceiling, when considering our principles. While Bill will zealously represent you, he will not engage in any conduct which violates the Lawyers Oath of Civility or the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- We will be Practical in representing you or your loved ones. We will work efficiently to obtain the best possible result with the best use of resources, always keeping in mind YOUR goals and needs. We will work with you and form a joint strategy to obtain your goals. We want our clients to be an active participant so that we take only the course of action necessary to obtain your goals and not waste your time and money.
- We are a small law firm and therefore our relationship will be Personal. You will get the personal respect and treatment you can expect from a small law firm. You and your case are important to us! We depend and rely on clients to give our name as a referral to their friends and family members. You will get personal treatment at the Hopkins Law Firm.
Bill Hopkins was born and raised in Bishopville, South Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University where he received his B.S. degree in Textile Chemistry in 1988. After graduation, Bill worked for nearly three years for Springs Industries, Inc., a large textile company, at a dyeing and finishing plant in Lancaster, South Carolina. Bill was working as a third shift superintendent at the time he was accepted into law school at the University of South Carolina.
During law school, Bill served as the Research Editor for the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal. It was also during law school that he began clerking for the law firm of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, LLP, one of the oldest and most prestigious litigation firms in South Carolina, which had originally been founded in 1936. Bill continued to work at the firm after graduation and ultimately became a partner in the firm and then was elected Managing Partner in 2005. Bill and the firm were selected by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to represent the State of South Carolina in lawsuits brought against several pharmaceutical companies regarding their reporting of false and inflated prices for drugs which resulted in overpayments by the State Medicaid and State Health Plan programs, known as the AWP litigation. Bill remained as the Managing Partner until December 31, 2007 when the firm dissolved after 71 years of continuous practice. Bill founded and started a new law firm called McCutchen Blanton Hopkins & Campbell, LLP, where he continued to practice with Thomas McCutchen and Hoover Blanton, two of the most well known leaders and stewards of the South Carolina Bar. Bill ran this law firm until November 1, 2010, when he joined the national law firm Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles, P.C. in Mongomery, Alabama in the Consumer Fraud section with an emphasis and focus on class action litigation.
Bill has been active in various bar associations and organizations, including the South Carolina Bar. At the time he joined Beasley Allen, Bill was serving on the Professional Responsibility Committee and the Conventions Committee of the South Carolina Bar. Bill is currently serving as the Co-Chairman of the Class Action Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Bill served as the Chairman of the Employment Rights Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice for three years.
In 2010 Bill Hopkins was elected to the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is a distinct recognition and privilege. ABOTA is a national organization of both plaintiff and defense trial attorneys which is committed to the preservation of trial by jury. To be eligible for consideration, an attorney must have tried at least 20 civil jury trials to jury verdict as lead counsel. Bill has tried over 70 civil cases to jury verdict as sole or lead counsel, in areas such as personal injury, business torts, fraud, products liability, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, insurance matters and employment.
Bill has also had an active appellate practice and has argued 8 cases before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, including an en banc argument in the case of Ocheltree v. Scollon Productions, Inc., a seminal case regarding the law of sexual harassment, in which many organizations (including the EEOC) made appearances and submitted amicus briefs, and which case was the subject of numerous articles, including an article in the New York Times. Bill has also argued several cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Bill has also developed a successful class action practice, being appointed by several different courts as lead counsel or liaison counsel in many different class action cases.
Bill Hopkins has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in American for the past three years. Bill has maintained an AV rating (the highest rating) with Martindale-Hubbell since he was first rated in 1998.
South Carolina Bar 1993
United States District Court – District of South Carolina 1994
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 1995
United States Supreme Court 2002
District of Columbia 2011
United States District Court – District of Columbia 2012
North Carolina State University (B.S. 1988)
University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D. 1993)
South Carolina Bar
District of Columbia Bar
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – South Carolina Chapter