Clemson University

B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, 2005

University of South Carolina

Master of Public Administration, 2009

University of South Carolina School of Law

J.D., 2009

Practice Areas

Complex Civil Litigation
Land Use and Property Law

William C. Dillard, Jr.


Will focuses his practice on representation of governmental entities, individuals, and businesses in property disputes, zoning/land use changes, public works projects, and other litigation and transactional matters. He also maintains a general civil practice that includes personal injury, business and construction litigation and commercial real estate transactions.

Will has significant experience in eminent domain/condemnation litigation throughout the state of South Carolina. He provides representation to both landowners and governmental entities and serves as associate counsel to the South Carolina Department of Transportation in condemnation matters.

He also assists municipalities and other government entities throughout the state with a variety of legal needs, including zoning matters, zoning ordinance review, utility easements and agreements, and road closures. In his former capacity as a local Planning Commission member, he voted on rezoning requests and other similar landowner petitions and gained invaluable perspective on the way these matters move forward. Will serves as City Attorney for the City of Forest Acres, where he grew up, graduated high school, and currently resides with his wife and two children.

Will has had opportunities to engage in various volunteer efforts related to homelessness and access to civil legal justice for people with modest means. He is an Eagle Scout and, before law school, taught English at an elementary school in Dalian, China.

  • SC Access to Justice Commission
  • SC Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism Advisory Board
  • City of Forest Acres Planning Commission
  • Richland County Bar Association Public Service/Homeless Legal Clinic Committee
  • Kiwanis Club of Columbia
  • Successfully defended constitutionality of local government tax millage statute in S.C. Supreme Court
  • Participated in representation of a municipality in negotiation of a multi-million dollar economic development deal for conversion of a dilapidated 800,000 square-foot shopping mall to a mixed-use development and five-acre public park
  • Obtained trial court order deducting 87% from opposing party‚Äôs six-figure attorney fee claim
  • Served as lead and co-counsel in obtaining significant plaintiff recoveries in numerous property, personal injury, and business litigation matters