Of Counsel

E wjordan@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7815
F (803) 231-7867
Will focuses his practice in the areas of professional negligence, employment, and business and commercial litigation. He has experience representing attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice actions in both state and federal courts. Will also defends employers against claims for violations of federal and state anti-discrimination laws and other employment-related claims. He has experience defending life, health, and disability claims brought pursuant to ERISA and state law. Will also has experience negotiating severance agreements and drafting employee handbooks and employment policies. Will’s litigation experience covers a wide variety of business and commercial areas, including construction, banking, and landlord/tenant disputes.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Davidson College, B.A. in Sociology, with Honors, 2004
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
    • Dean’s List
    • President’s List
    • South Carolina Law Review, Editorial Board, authored a case note that was published in 2006
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • Received eight CALI awards
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Case-Within-A-Case:  Legal Malpractice Defense blog
  • “Top Legal Issues Facing Human Service Providers,” South Carolina Human Service Providers Annual Conference (March 10, 2016)
  • “How to Draft an Effective Conflict of Interest Policy,” Webinar, South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (January 13, 2016)
  • “Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment in the Workplace,” Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar (October 29, 2015)
  • “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace,” Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar (October 29, 2015)
  • “Misconceptions About Amending Birth Certificates and Changing Names,” Presenter, 2014 Family Court Bench Bar CLE (December 5, 2014)
  • “Hide and Seek:  A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Discovery Practices,” CLE Discussion Panel Moderator (January 15, 2014)
  • “The Case within the Case: Practical Tips for Using the Full Arsenal in Defending Legal Malpractice Claims” DRI professional liability newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2013)
  • “The Trials of a Young Lawyer:  Avoiding a Comedy of Errors,” CLE Discussion Panel Moderator (April 11, 2012)
  • Mentor, South Carolina Supreme Court Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Living Above the Bar
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Lawyers Helping Lawyers Commission
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Rising Star, Business Litigation (2014, 2016)
  • Sartin v. McNair Law Firm, P.A., 756 F.3d 259 (4th Cir. 2014).  In a case involving a complex procedural question regarding the proper scope of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(a), authorizing district courts to correct mistakes found in judgments and orders, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an attorney’s failure to timely file a notice of appeal was the proximate cause of the client’s injury because the lower court order should have been affirmed.  Listen to the oral argument at http://coop.ca4.uscourts.gov/OAarchive/mp3/13-1265-20140513.mp3.
  • S.C. Dep’t of Soc. Servs. v. Joy J., 2013 WL 8507813 (S.C. Ct. App. 2013).  Handled by the firm pro bono, this was an appeal from an order terminating parental rights.