Clay Hopkins


Experienced Attorney

A Little About Clay

Clay is a second generation lawyer and grew up in the Midlands of South Carolina in Columbia and Camden, South Carolina. The Hopkins Law Firm is centered on the values engrained in him at an early age: principled, practical, and personal. 

Clay is a 2011 graduate of Clemson Unviersity. He received his Bachelor of Science in Bioenginerng, with a minor in Political Science, graduating with honors. Prior to attending law school, Clay worked in Pensacola, Florida for a short time in the biotech manufacturing industry.

Clay attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law. While a law student, Clay was inducted in to the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and was the Executive Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession. In addition, Clay was a recipient of the Dean's Community Service Award and participated in the Civil Law Clinic, where he tried a civil case under supervision from the clinic director and gained a wide range of legal experiences. He also interned for the Honorable Virginia Emerson Hopkins and the Honorable Karon O. Bowdre, both Federal judges for the Northern District of Alabama.

While at the Hopkins Law Firm, Clay has helped clients achieve successful results in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, bad faith (insurance) litigation, products liability, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, commercial/business litigation, DUI, jail/prison guard misconduct cases, school bullying, negligent security, and many areas of employment cases. During this time, Clay has litigated numerous complex civil cases and tried 20 cases to verdict, which have resulted in several six-figure verdicts and seven-figure settlements in both state and federal courts.

Clay enjoys being based out of Charleston but still maintains strong ties to his local community in the Midlands where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases. Clay has represented a diverse group of South Carolinians in venues throughout the state and seeks justice relentlessly on their behalf.

Clay has received the AV Preeminent® rating from the Martindale-Hubbell® legal rating service. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for ethical standards and legal ability.  Considered to be the gold standard, approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating. Clay has also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 under 40 for Civil Plaintiffs trial lawyers.

Clay was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and has continued to volunteer his time in his local community. Clay lives on Johns Island with his wife, Laney, and their daughter, Cricket.

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Educational Background

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Clay's Qualifications

  • Practice Areas
  • Bar Admissions
    • South Carolina
    • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • Board of Governors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    • South Carolina Association for Justice
    • American Association for Justice


  • Professional staff....Pleasure to work with.

    Professional staff....Pleasure to work with.
  • I'd never choose anyone else to represent me!

    I'd never choose anyone else to represent me!
  • Good people

    Good people.... Treat ya right.... A rare thing these days
  • Highly recommend their services

    Professional. Efficient. Personable. Highly recommend their services
  • Great Company!

    Great Company! They are very professional and do great work! I would refer them to any of my friends.
  • Thoughtful and professional.

    100% recommend Hopkins Law Firm. Happy to help you with even the smallest problem or question. Thoughtful and professional.
  • Will always recommend Hopkins Law Firm!

    Will always recommend Hopkins Law Firm! They are thoughtful, professional, and above all, good people.
  • Great Service and very knowledgeable

    Great Service and very knowledgeable about the law. I would use this firm over again. Always available to answers questions about things you dont understand, and keeps you informed on the way your case is going.
  • I highly suggest him for any legal needs.

    Clay is more knowledgeable than any attorney that I have ever dealt with. I highly suggest him for any legal needs.
  • I recommend them 100%

    Always so helpful and have truly helped me try to make a change with my business. I recommend them 100%

  • Clay is a talented attorney

    Clay is a talented attorney who treats clients like family in order to reach the outcome they deserve.
  • I highly recommend Hopkins Law Firm!

    No one wants to "need" an attorney but when you do these are the ones to call. They are very knowledgeable in multiple areas of law. They bother to explains the process in terms that anyone can understand. They have a very quick response time as well as a friendly staff ready to help you. I highl...
  • I was very impressed

    You are one great attorney Mr.Hopkins. I had some problems with the property management company that I am renting my home from. You handled these problems for me while making the process easy. I was very impressed with how timely you responded to my calls and emails and I did sent a few emails!! ...
  • Clay has been a rockstar

    Clay has been a rockstar in helping me over the years. Honestly, I was young and had no idea what I was doing, talked to a few people and finally got hooked up with Clay and he has really changed my life. He's worked very hard on my cases, has been able to get things thrown out that I didn't even...
  • I would recommend

    Clay and the rest of the staff are professional and knowledgeable. They treat their clients like family and I would recommend anyone looking for representation in South Carolina to Hopkins Law Firm.
  • professional and effective

    They were very professional and effective in resolving the matter I had. Everything was extremely convenient for me and an easy process. I'm extremely appreciative of Clay Hopkins, he was awesome through the whole thing. I can't thank them enough!!
  • would not hesitate to recommend him again and again!

    Clay is a colleague who I regularly refer South Carolina cases to. He cares deeply about his clients and works hard to ensure speedy justice for every case. He's also just an incredibly decent and like able person, which matters to me and I know matters to his clients. I would not hesitate to rec...
  • I highly recommend Hopkins Law Firm!

    I highly recommend Hopkins Law Firm! Their degree of professionalism from day one impressed me. From the receptionist to their support staff, I have had nothing but an amazing experience during the entire process of my unpaid commissions claim. Clay Hopkins is a very skilled and knowledgeable att...
  • I felt very much at ease

    The amount of dedication Clay put in really took the stress and anxiety off of me. I felt very much at ease knowing I had representation that cared and understood me. I would say to other Veterans to be patient, the process is long but it is so much easier with Hopkins law firm. If it wasn't for ...
  • Clay is your guy!!

    Clay has helped my family and I on multiple occasions over the past few years and I cannot thank him enough. He goes above and beyond in everything that he does and is always professional. If you have legal needs and want to be represented by someone who actually cares, Clay is your guy!! Thank y...
  • grateful for his law firm services

    Clay has been a real blessing to me and my husband. With our son going through some very difficult times, he has been able to help us tremendously. He is very professional and really cares about his clients. He has gone the extra mile for us, on more than one occasion, and in doing so it has take...
  • We wouldn't call anyone else!

    I was friends with Clay back in high school and when someone I knew needed representation, I called to find out what kind of cases he worked on. What we needed was not something that he typically represented for but he took the case anyways because he was confident that he could help. Turns out, ...
  • Principled, Practical, and Personal

    I can't think of a better way to describe the Hopkins Law Firm other than Principled, Practical, and Personal. Their wealth of knowledge, expertise, attention, and care that they will bring to the table is unmatched. It's a comforting feelings to know that when you find yourself in a stressful si...
  • I highly recommend this team

    The team at HLF is nothing short of impressive. Start to finish, Clay and his staff helped my case with the utmost attention to detail and professionalism. I highly recommend this team for anyone in need of legal services.
  • treated with respect

    The most important thing I can say is they will answer your phone calls and communicate with you about your case. I've gotten the run around from many offices but you are treated with respect here. Thank you Clay for working with me on my personal injury case.
  • great and professional

    The staff are great and professional. Clay Hopkins is a great lawyer. Give them a call!
  • extremely professional

    Clay is extremely professional and was extremely prompt in helping me in my current situation. I highly recommend Hopkins Law Firm.
  • I can't recommend this place and these people enough.

    Clay is an absolutely amazing person and the rest of the staff are fantastic people. I can't recommend this place and these people enough.
  • passion, dedication and professionalism

    I highly recommend Clay Hopkins for your legal needs. He is a man of his word and a well-rounded attorney. He is definitely someone you want on your side! The passion, dedication and professionalism are unmatched.
  • capable competent hands

    The lawyers at Hopkins Law firm came to my hometown to meet with me and discuss my case and after hearing it they knew I had been wronged. They took the case and got a fantastic settlement for me. When you only have one shot at justice I highly recommend you leave your case in their capable compe...
  • does outstanding work

    I've always have had great dealings with clay his prices are reasonable and he will work with you. He does outstanding work and will go the extra mile for you. I've been using him for years and I've never been disappointed with his work and ending results have always been great.
  • These guys are great!

    These guys are great! My wife and I were in a bad car accident and clay and his team were on it from day one. They took care of everything while we were able to heal. The communication was great as well they kept us informed on every step. I would definitely use clay and his team again!
  • very professional and compassionate

    Clay Hopkins's was very professional and compassionate during my lawsuit for my sister Tracy he never gave up no matter what MUSC threw at us I never gave up hope and I always felt like Hopkins's Law Firm had my back and that justice would be found, and it was. I highly recommend Hopkins's Law Fi...
  • a real blessing

    Clay has been a real blessing to me and my husband. With our son going through some very difficult times, he has been able to help us tremendously. He is very professional and really cares about his clients. He has gone the extra mile for us, on more than one occasion, and in doing so it has take...
  • truly cares about his clients

    I am another practitioner in the area and I wouldn't hesitate to trust my own case with Hopkins Law Firm. Clay is whip smart and truly cares about his clients.

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