William C. Dillard, Jr.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law J.D. 2009
  • University of South Carolina Master of Public Administration, 2009
  • Clemson University B.A. 2005

William C. Dillard, Jr.

Will is a civil litigator with broad experience and takes pride in advocating for his clients in difficult property and business disputes. He focuses his practice in a number of areas, including:

  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation
  • Land use and zoning
  • Construction litigation
  • Commercial real estate transactions and litigation
  • Property insurance bad faith claims
  • Local government matters
  • Business disputes

In the area of eminent domain and condemnation law, Will provides representation to both landowners and governmental entities and serves as associate counsel to the South Carolina Department of Transportation in right-of-way acquisition matters.

Will’s experience in land use and zoning issues, in addition to his representation of private and governmental clients, includes his continuing service as a member of the City of Forest Acres Planning Commission. In this capacity, he votes on rezoning requests and other similar landowner petitions and has enjoyed gaining invaluable perspective on the competing interests and most effective forms of advocacy in these matters.

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, served as president of the Pro Bono Board, and was one of three members of his graduating class to receive the Compleat Lawyer Award. Will is also a proud third-generation graduate of Clemson University. Prior to law school, Will taught English at a primary school in Dalian, China.

Will lives in Columbia with his wife and two children. He is a longtime volunteer with the Richland County Bar Association Homeless Legal Clinic Committee, a member of the Columbia Kiwanis Club and, earlier in life, an Eagle Scout. Will has served as a member of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission since being appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2014.

Publications and Presentations

“Implications of the Powell Opinion”; “Caselaw Update,” S.C. Bar CLE presentation, The Law and Litigation of Eminent Domain Cases in South Carolina (February 2020)

“Development and Utilization of the Comprehensive Plan”; “Analyzing the Land Subdivision Process,” NBI CLE presentation, Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning (January 2019)

“Eminent Domain, Land Use and Zoning Law Update,” S.C. Association of Counties Local Government Institute CLE presentation (November 2018)

“Just Compensation Issues: Identifying the Larger Parcel and Determining Highest and Best Use”; “Caselaw and Legislative Update,” S.C. Bar CLE presentation, The Law and Litigation of Eminent Domain Cases in South Carolina (January 2018)

“The Trial Advocacy Incubator: Innovative Legal Assistance Delivery in South Carolina,” South Carolina Lawyer magazine (January 2017)

“Local Government Sign Regulation in the Wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert,” S.C. Association of Counties Local Government Institute CLE presentation (November 2016)

“Constitutional Limitations on Zoning Actions,” NBI CLE presentation, Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law (January 2016)

“Inverse Condemnation: The Physical and Regulatory Takings Causes of Action,” S.C. Bar CLE presentation, Eminent Domain in South Carolina: Legal and Technical Perspectives (November 2015)

“Constitutional Enforcement of Property Rights: Inverse Condemnation in South Carolina,” S.C. Bar CLE presentation (2014)

“Challenges to Local Government Zoning and Land Use Decisions in South Carolina,” South Carolina Lawyer magazine (November 2015)

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

“The Legal Meaning of ‘Highest and Best Use’ in Eminent Domain Disputes,” S.C. Appraisal Inst. Newsletter (June 2014)

“Evaluating Compensation for Environmental Nuisances,” S.C. Appraisal Inst. Newsletter (January 2014)

“Loss of Convenient Road Access: What Right to Just Compensation?” S.C. Appraisal Inst. Newsletter (September 2013)