November 05, 2019
Town of Kiawah Island Hires New Town Attorney
At the November 5 meeting, Town Council approved a contract to hire Attorney Joseph Wilson IV as the Town Attorney in January 2020. He is scheduled to be appointed by Council at the January 7 meeting. Mr. Wilson has served as the City Attorney for the City of Folly Beach since April 2016 and Town Attorney for the Town of Ravenel since October 2018.
Mr. Wilson was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1990. He has been practicing law in Charleston for 29 years. From 1990 to 1999, he was an associate and then a partner at the Hood Law Firm before becoming a founding member of the Pierce, Sloan, Wilson, Kennedy, & Early Law Firm. He recently became “of counsel” at Pierce Sloan, to focus his practice on the representation of municipalities.
Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson stated, “His experience should prove helpful in representing Kiawah Island, particularly in the areas of land and beachfront management, and addressing issues faced by municipalities that are also tourist destinations.”
Mr. Wilson’s background is in complex litigation with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation, appellate advocacy, professional malpractice defense, products liability, civil rights defense (on behalf of the Insurance Reserve Fund), and insurance coverage.
Wilson stated, “I look forward to working with the Town Council and staff to address the challenges they will face in the upcoming year.”
He will serve a one year contract with the option for the Town to extend at the end of 2020.