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Wes A. Kissinger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Spartanburg, SC

KD Trial Lawyers
178 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: 864-585-5100
Fax: 864-542-2993
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in South Carolina Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Wes Kissinger joined what was then Harrison, White, Smith, Hayes, & Coggins, P.C. in 2003 after spending the first five years of his practice defending personal injury lawsuits, mostly arising from automobile collisions and commercial premises accidents, for several insurance companies. Now as Managing Partner of KD Trial Lawyers, he applies what he learned defending lawsuits to his trial practice representing individuals and families in state and federal court. His practice focus has remained personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from car, motorcycle and truck collisions, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice.  Wes has been voted by his peers for Super Lawyers every year since 2014, and has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2017. Wes has held an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer rating standard given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.

His practice focuses on Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Car and Motorcycle Accidents, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Medical Malpractice, Dram Shop / Alcohol Sale Liability.  Wes has achieved numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts including a $5.8 million dollar settlement involving a trucking accident. Wes admits that he loves the competitive aspects of being a civil litigator. But more than anything, he says, his greatest enjoyment as a lawyer comes from the people he represents.

“I like helping real people navigate a process they’re not familiar with and helping them through a very difficult time in their lives,” he says. “Until they’re in a situation when they need a lawyer, people oftentimes don’t really have a sense of how much their lives can be affected by an event they did nothing to cause. I want to ease that burden.”

In similar fashion, he strives to carry this kind of human touch into the courtroom when he is trying cases. “I do my best not to speak like a lawyer,” he says. “When I’m speaking to a jury, I speak to them like an ordinary person; I try to make difficult concepts very easy to understand by using plain language. Trial is the art of persuasion. It is hard to persuade someone if he or she doesn’t understand what you’re talking about.”

In addition to his busy practice, Wes oftentimes assists other lawyers by giving Continuing Legal Education presentations. He has been a CLE Presenter in 2009 educating attorneys on Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients: Know Where to Start; Settling Personal Injury Claims with Ethical Integrity, and in 2007 he presented Advanced Discovery and Evidence: Ethical Considerations and Malpractice Prevention

Wes and his wife have five children ranging in age from elementary school to college.  They enjoy camping, water sports, and hunting. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Greer Christian Learning Center.

*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
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022

About Wes A. Kissinger

First Admitted: 1997, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.spartanlaw.com/about-us/our-attorneys/wes-a-kiss...

Honors/Awards

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina’s Super Lawyers
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV® Rated

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Greer Christian Learning Cente

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients: Know Where to Start; Settling Personal Injury Claims with Ethical
  • Integrity, January 2009
  • Advanced Discovery and Evidence: Ethical Considerations and Malpractice Prevention, November 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

  • South Carolina Bar – Member
  • South Carolina Bar House of Delegates – 7th Circuit Representative
  • American Association for Justice – Member
  • South Carolina Association for Justice – Member
  • Federal Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1998
  • South Carolina, 1997

Educational Background

  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1993

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  • Wes Kissinger joined what was then Harrison, White, Smith, Hayes, & Coggins, P.C. in 2003 after spending the first five years of his practice defending personal injury lawsuits, mostly arising from automobile collisions and commercial premises accidents, for several insurance companies. Now as Managing Partner of KD Trial Lawyers, he applies what he learned defending lawsuits to his trial practice representing individuals and families in state and federal court. His practice focus has remained personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from car, motorcycle and truck collisions, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice. Wes has been voted by his peers for Super Lawyers every year since 2014, and has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2017. His practice focuses on Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Car and Motorcycle Accidents, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Medical Malpractice, Dram Shop / Alcohol Sale Liability. Wes has achieved numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts including a $5.8 million dollar settlement involving a trucking accident. Wes admits that he loves the competitive aspects of being a civil litigator. But more than anything, he says, his greatest enjoyment as a lawyer comes from the people he represents. *ADVERTISING MATERIAL: You may wish to consult your lawyer or another lawyer instead of us. You may obtain information about other lawyers by consulting the Yellow Pages or by calling the South Carolina Bar Legal Referral Service at 803-799-7100 in Columbia or toll-free at 1-800-868-2284. If you have already engaged a lawyer in connection with the legal matter referred to in this communication, you should direct any questions you may have to that lawyer. The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to us at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this communication is general and that your own situation may vary. ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS ADVERTISEMENT OR THE REPRESENTATIVES OF ANY LAWYER MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE COMMISSION ON LAWYER CONDUCT, POST OFFICE BOX 12159, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29211 – TELEPHONE NUMBER 803-734-2038, Attorney Wes A Kissinger from KD Trial Lawyers, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse, 2022

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Caolina Bar House Of Delegates
  • South Carolina Association For Justice
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Office Location for Wes A. Kissinger

178 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Phone: 864-585-5100

Fax: 864-542-2993

Last Updated: 5/18/2022

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