By Stephanie Braswell Edgerton for The Island Connection
The Kiawah Island Town Council has approved a contract to hire Joseph Wilson IV as the town attorney, beginning in January 2020.
Wilson is scheduled to be appointed to the position at the Council’s Jan. 7, 2020, meeting. He has served as the attorney for the city of Folly Beach since April 2016 and for the town of Ravenel since October 2018.
Wilson was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and earned his law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1990. He has been practicing law in Charleston for 29 years. From 1990 to 1999, he was an associate and then a partner at the Hood Law Firm before becoming a founding member of the Pierce, Sloan, Wilson, Kennedy & Early law firm. He recently became “of counsel” at Pierce Sloan to focus his practice on the representation of municipalities.
Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson stated, “His experience should prove helpful in representing Kiawah Island, particularly in the areas of land and beachfront management and addressing issues faced by municipalities that are also tourist destinations.”
Wilson’s background is in complex litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation, appellate advocacy, professional malpractice defense, products liability, civil rights defense (on behalf of the Insurance Reserve Fund) and insurance coverage.
“I look forward to working with the Town Council and staff to address the challenges they will face in the upcoming year,” Wilson said.
He will serve a one-year contract with the option for the town to extend at the end of 2020.