William C. Dillard, Jr.Attorney

Telephone: 803.929.0096Email: will@belserpa.com

Will’s practice includes representation of individuals and businesses in civil litigation, with an emphasis on representing plaintiffs in property rights and environmental cases. He also advises clients on estate planning and assists with the formation and operation of business and nonprofit entities. Will has particularly enjoyed successfully representing clients in the following types of litigation matters:

  • environmental nuisances
  • construction defects
  • inverse condemnation claims
  • storm water, flooding, and drainage damages
  • homeowners insurance/bad faith claims
  • mold contamination
  • fire losses
  • property theft

Will received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree, in 2009. While in law school, Will was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and president of the Pro Bono Board. Will also received the Compleat Lawyer Award, which the School of Law presents each year to three graduating students who have demonstrated their potential to be outstanding attorneys.

Will earned an undergraduate degree from Clemson University, cum laude. Will’s prior professional experiences include teaching English at a primary school in Dalian, China, and working for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee.

Will lives in Columbia with his wife, Dr. Aubrey Anne Dillard, and their son. He spends as much time as he can enjoying the outdoors of midlands and upstate South Carolina and is actively involved with the Project HELP Homeless Legal Clinic (past chairperson), the Columbia Kiwanis Club (board member and service chair), and the Gills Creek Watershed Association. In 2014, Will was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina to serve a three year term on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. Will also serves as a member of the City of Forest Acres Planning Commission.

Publications and presentations:

Constitutional Enforcement of Property Rights: Inverse Condemnation in South Carolina,” S.C. Bar CLE Division On-Demand Presentation (December 2014)

“The Powers That Be: Delineating the Role of the Eminent Domain and Police Powers in Physical Takings Analysis,” South Carolina Lawyer (July 2014)

“The Legal Meaning of ‘Highest and Best Use’ in Eminent Domain Disputes,” South Carolina Appraisal Institute Newsletter (June 2014)

“Evaluating Compensation for Environmental Nuisances,” South Carolina Appraisal Institute Newsletter (January 2014)

“Loss of Convenient Road Access: What Right to Just Compensation?” South Carolina Appraisal Institute Newsletter (September 2013)

South Carolina Law for Homeowners blog (providing general information about the legal rights of homeowners and property owners in the state) (http://sclawforhomeowners.wordpress.com/).

“Professional Responsibility and the Standard of Care for Design Professionals: A Legal Perspective” (October 2012 presentation to USC Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Seminar)