Thomas J. Wills, IV

Top rated Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney in Charleston, South Carolina

Wills Massalon & Allen LLC
Thomas J. Wills, IV
Wills Massalon & Allen LLC

Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1979

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Wills Massalon & Allen LLC

97 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401 Visit website


Thomas J. Wills IV has been a member of Wills Massalon & Allen LLC since 1984. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, and representing business and individual clients throughout the greater metropolitan area, his practice encompasses business transactions and general civil litigation. In addition to being a forceful courtroom advocate, Mr. Wills has been certified in both mediation and arbitration, and he often puts that training to use in helping some of his clients reach an accord through those methods of alternative dispute resolution. Admitted to practice before all South Carolina state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

The types of cases that Mr. Wills has worked on during his career have included bad faith and other insurance coverage issues, professional malpractice, partnership and shareholder disputes, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation, among others. His successful track record in all of these endeavors has earned him the high regard of his fellow members of the bar, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Mr. Wills has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America on several occasions.

A former president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Mr. Wills has also served as the president of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. His other memberships have included the Federal Bar Association, the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section of the South Carolina Bar, and the James L. Petigru Inn of Court. A 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Wills received his Juris Doctor in 1979 from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 100% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1979, South Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chairman, South Carolina Bar Association, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section, 1993
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Joint Commission, ADR Rules
  • President, South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - 1997
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Judicial Qualification Committee
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina, Board of Commissions of Grievances and Discipline, 1993 - 1996
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, Charleston Chapter, 2008 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1979
  • South Carolina, 1979
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, ADR, 2008 - 2012
  • Mediation Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011
  • Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2012, 2016
Educational Background:
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, B.A., 1974
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

Office location for Thomas J. Wills, IV

97 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-727-1144


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

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