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Wilbur E. Johnson

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Wilbur E. Johnson has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since 2009.  He practices primarily in the area of employment and labor law. Prior to joining the law firm in 1994, Wilbur worked as an assistant attorney general in the office of the Attorney General of South Carolina.  While attending law school, Wilbur was the recipient of the Earl Warren Legal Training Fellowship.  Wilbur is also a certified Circuit Court Arbitrator.

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1981


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Augusta State University, B.A., 1976



  • South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Committee, 1994-2000
  • South Carolina Bar Circuit Representative, Young Lawyers Division, 1986-1987
  • South Carolina Bar Employment and Labor Law Section
  • American Bar Association Employment and Labor Law and Litigation Sections
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Board of Directors
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, past Chair, current member Board of Directors
  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, Board of Directors; Past Chair
  • Roper/St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, Past Member Board of Directors
  • Charleston County Disabilities Board, Past Member Board of Directors
  • Charleston County Greenbelt Bank Advisory Board
  • Carolina Youth Development Center, Past Member Board of Directors
  • Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Past Member Board of Directors
  • South Carolina Aquarium, Past Member Board of Directors
  • International African American Museum, Board of Directors
  • Historic Charleston Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • The New Morning Foundation, Past Member Board of Directors
  • Charleston Stage


  • Among numerous other honors, Wilbur received the prestigious Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award in 2013 and was selected by his peers as Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers® in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Articles / case studies

  • Leading Charleston’s Business Community In Support Of The Port Of Charleston by Betsy Harter, Port Charleston, January and February 2009
  • Special Problems Relating to Race Discrimination  co-Author, Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, Second Edition