Bill Hopkins, one of our newest lawyers, joined the firm on November 1, 2010. He is working in our Consumer Fraud Section. Bill, who was born and raised in Bishopville, South Carolina, 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. He 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 began clerking for the law firm of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, LLP, one of the oldest and most prestigious litigation firms in South Carolina, founded in 1936. Bill continued to work at the firm after graduation and ultimately became its Managing Partner. 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 involving the 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.
When Bill’s old firm dissolved on December 31, 2007 after 71 years of continuous practice, Bill founded a new law firm and he continued to practice in that firm, McCutchen Blanton Hopkins & Campbell, LLP, with Thomas McCutchen and Hoover Blanton, two of the most well-known and respected leaders of the South Carolina Bar until he joined our firm.
Bill was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. He was also recently 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 comprised of both Plaintiff and Defense trial attorneys and is committed to the preservation of trial by jury. To be eligible for consideration, a lawyer must have tried at least 20 civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel. Bill has tried over 50 civil cases to jury verdict as sole or lead counsel, in areas such as business torts, fraud, products liability, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, insurance matters and employment.
Bill has developed a successful class action practice, being appointed by several different courts as lead counsel or liaison counsel in many different class action cases. In fact, Bill had a long-standing relationship with our firm prior to coming with us. We first worked with Bill in 1995 when we joined forces in a class action suit against Life of Georgia Insurance Company. He will have an emphasis on class action litigation with our firm.
Bill is married to the former Rachel Jackson, who is from New Iberia, Louisiana, and they have a three-year-old son named Jack. Bill’s son Clay attends Clemson University and his daughter Jordan attends the University of South Carolina. We are most fortunate to have a person with Bill’s ability and experience join the firm. We consider him to be a most valuable addition to the firm.
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