Experienced Trial Attorneys

Joseph C. Wilson IVJoseph C. Wilson IV

Charleston Commercial Litigation Attorney

Joseph C. Wilson, IV was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 26, 1964. He graduated with honors from McCallie School (1983), attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar (full academic scholarship), graduating magna cum laude (B.A., 1987), and attended Duke University Law School (J.D., 1990).

He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1990, the South Carolina Bar in 1991, the Florida Bar in 1996, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in 1993. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1999. He is a member of the Charleston County, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and American Bar Associations.


Joe has represented defendants and plaintiffs in complex litigation for over twenty years. His areas of practice include commercial litigation, professional liability defense, products liability, class action litigation, and appellate litigation. In addition to these practice areas Joe is also the attorney for the City of Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Products Liability

Joe has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in products liability. On the defense side, he has represented a number of asbestos companies for his entire career. He represented a nutritional supplement manufacturer and distributor in the L-Tryptophan MDL litigation in the early-1990’s, including participation on steering committees appointed by the Court. He has represented various manufacturers of large-scale production equipment involved in on-the-job injuries. Representative clients include ThyssenKrupp, A.G., Triarco Industries, Dow Chemical Corporation, and REDCO, N.V.

Joe has represented plaintiffs in products liability actions, including automotive defect matters, including roll-over cases and false park cases, and on-the-job injuries arising from defective industrial equipment.

Commercial Litigation

Joe has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad array of commercial litigation cases, including partnership disputes, contract disputes, shareholder disputes, commission disputes, property disputes, and insurance coverage matters. Representative clients include MeadWestvaco Corporation, Carolina Park, South Carolina Stingrays, California Dreaming, Wild Dunes, Rewards Network, Inc., and Carolina Soya, LLC.

Highlights of Joe’s work in this area include:

  • Defending the South Carolina Stingrays, a minor league hockey team based in Charleston, in a shareholder dispute that resulted in a defense verdict as well as a substantial verdict on the team’s counterclaim against the plaintiff.
  • Successfully prosecuting both an arbitration and a trial against Derivium Capital and its owners. Derivium Capital was involved in a stock-loan scheme that resulted in substantial losses to borrowers that entered loans with Derivium. Mr. Wilson obtained a $30 million arbitration award against Derivium, and then participated in a R.I.C.O. and fraud trial in the U.S. District Court against the owners of Derivium that resulted in a $60 million jury verdict for his client that was trebled by the Court under R.I.C.O. The joint trial resulted in verdicts in excess of $800,000,000, one of the largest verdicts in the country in 2009.
  • An arbitration award of over $600,000 on contract claims in favor of an individual who sold his business to a larger entity but was not paid pursuant to the contract entered by the parties.
  • An N.A.S.D. arbitration award of $450,000 for unpaid commissions.
  • Obtaining a summary dismissal of a lis pendens on a substantial development and defending the dismissal on appeal to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Professional Liability Defense

Joe has represented attorneys, physicians, accountants, and real estate agents in professional liability and title insurance related claims for over fifteen years. He has been retained on behalf of South Carolina and out-of-state professionals by Great American Insurance Company, South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, OneBeacon Insurance Group, and United General Title Insurance Co.

Joe does not represent plaintiffs with potential malpractice claims.

Highlights of Joe’s work in this area include:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict in a legal malpractice trial concerning a real estate title dispute.
  • Obtaining summary dismissal of claims against an attorney brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
  • Obtaining dismissal of numerous legal malpractice cases on summary judgment, including statute of limitations defenses and no attorney-client relationship.
  • Successfully negotiating settlement of a class action and derivative claim against an attorney accused of aiding and abetting a fraudulent scheme.

Class Action Cases

Joe has handled several class action matters for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Highlights of Joe’s work in this area include:

  • Obtaining a class action settlement worth over $11 million for 1,300 timeshare purchasers who did not receive their timeshare.
  • Obtaining certification of the first class in the country alleging a violation of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act for the transmission of unsolicited “junk faxes.”
  • Representing plaintiffs in several consumer class action lawsuits against the payday lending industry resulting in a favorable and broad ranging settlement.
  • Representing plaintiffs in an ERISA class action lawsuit arising from the theft of funds by an ERISA trustee.
  • Defending an attorney in a derivative class action lawsuit.
  • Defending a manufacturing concern in a nuisance class action lawsuit and obtaining summary dismissal of same.

Appellate Work

Joe has appeared before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Supreme Court, Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Reported appellate opinions in which he had participated are listed below.

List of Reported Cases

  • Carolina Park Associates, LLC v. Marino, 400 S.C. 1, 732 S.E.2d 876 (2012)
  • McCauley v. Riley, 459 Fed.Appx. 235 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Colson v. Samson Hair Restoration, LLC, 837 F.Supp.2d 564 (D.S.C. 2011)
  • Campbell v. Cathcart, 435 Fed.Appx. 237 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Stern v. Shelley, 781 F.Supp.2d 281 (D.S.C. 2011)
  • Richardson v. Munninghoff, Lange & Co., 2011 WL 52464 (D.S.C. January 06, 2011)
  • Richardson v. Munninghoff, Lange & Co., 2010 WL 5418927 (D.S.C. December 23, 2010)
  • Hays v. Pearlman, 2010 WL 4510956 (D.S.C. November 2, 2010)
  • In re Derivium Capital, LLC, 437 B.R. 798 (Bankr.D.S.C. 2010)
  • Richardson v. Munninghoff, Lange & Co., 2010 WL 3420204 (D.S.C. August 23, 2010)
  • Ferrell v. Express Check Advance of SC LLC, 591 F.3d 698 (4th Cir. 2010)
  • Moore v. Barony House Restaurant, LLC, 382 S.C. 35, 674 S.E.2d 500 (Ct.App. 2009)
  • In re Derivium Capital, LLC, 396 B.R. 184 (Bankr.D.S.C. 2008)
  • Weaver v. Advance America, 2008 WL 4198629 (D.S.C. September 05, 2008)
  • Clinkscales v. Ducworth, 120 Fed.Appx. 505 (4th Cir. 2005)
  • Biggerstaff v. Voice Power Telecommunications, Inc., 221 F.Supp.2d 652 (D.S.C. 2002)
  • Miller v. Asensio, 101 F.Supp.2d 395 (D.S.C. 2000)
  • Harrell v. Pineland Plantation, Ltd., 337 S.C. 313, 523 S.E.2d 766 (1999)
  • Perez v. University of Charleston, 201 F.3d 436 (4th Cir. 1999)
  • Ferguson v. City of Charleston, S.C., 186 F.3d 469 (4th Cir. 1999)
  • Tatum v. Medical University of South Carolina, 335 S.C. 499, 517 S.E.2d 706 (Ct.App. 1999)
  • Amos-Goodwin v. Charleston County Council, 161 F.3d 1 (4th Cir. 1998)
  • Harrell v. Pineland Plantation, Ltd., 329 S.C. 185, 494 S.E.2d 123 (Ct.App. 1997)
  • Whitner v. State, 328 S.C. 1, 492 S.E.2d 777 (1997)
  • Sea Marsh Group, Inc. v. SC Ventures, Inc., 111 F.3d 129 (4th Cir. 1997)
  • Wyatt v. A-Best Products Co., 924 S.W.2d 98 (Tenn.Ct.App. 1995)
  • Faulkner v. Jones, 51 F.3d 440 (4th Cir. 1995)
  • Thomas v. Grayson, 318 S.C. 82, 456 S.E.2d 377 (1995)
  • Sheppard v. Jacksonville Marine Supply, Inc., 877 F.Supp. 260 (D.S.C. 1995)
  • Hinson v. Jusco Co., Ltd., 868 F.Supp. 145 (D.S.C. 1994)
  • Bannister v. Hertz Corp., 316 S.C. 513, 450 S.E.2d 629 (Ct.App. 1994)
  • Faulkner v. Jones, 858 F.Supp. 552 (D.S.C. 1994)
  • Koester v. Carolina Rental Center, Inc., 313 S.C. 490, 443 S.E.2d 392 (1994)
  • Unisun Ins. Co. v. Hertz Rental Corp., 312 S.C. 549, 436 S.E.2d 182 (Ct.App. 1993)
  • Koester v. Carolina Rental Center, Inc., 311 S.C. 115, 427 S.E.2d 708 (Ct.App. 1993)

AV Preeminent Logo Mr. Wilson has the highest available peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Wilson is rated Very High to Preeminent for Legal Ability and Very High for Ethical Standards. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating and is a testament to the fact that a lawyers peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

AV, BV and CV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Year Joined Organization

  • 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Law
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Real Estate Closingss

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1990
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • Florida, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 1990
  • Boston University, 1987
    Honors: Trustee Scholar, Magna Cum Laude
  • McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Personal Information

Joe was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he attended The McCallie School. He comes from a long line of attorneys, who practiced law in Tennessee. He attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar, which is a full academic scholarship. After graduating from Duke Law School in 1990, he went to work for the Hood Law Firm. In 1999, Joe and his partners left the Hood Law Firm and started Pierce, Sloan, Wison, Kennedy & Early, LLC.

He currently resides in Folly Beach, South Carolina with his wife, Jamie Wilson, and their four children, Jake, Edie, Peyton, and Mary Stewart (triplets!). His interests include paddle boarding, cooking, Duke Basketball, and attending swim meets, track meets, basketball games, and volleyball matches.

Why to Hire Us:

  • 125 Years of Combined Legal Experience
  • Valuable Resources on Our Side
  • National Success
  • Accomplished Advocacy