William W. Wilkins: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William W. Wilkins

William W. “Billy” Wilkins, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, leads Nexsen Pruet’s White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practices.
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Greenville,  SC  U.S.A.
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Practice Areas

  • White-Collar Crime
  • Appellate
  • Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management
  • Transportation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Disputes
  • Litigation
 
University Davidson College, B.A., 1964
 
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1967
 
Admitted1967, South Carolina; U.S. Supreme Court; S.C. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of S.C.; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
 
Biography

William W. "Billy" Wilkins, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, leads Nexsen Pruet's White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practices. Mr. Wilkins also serves clients through his work in the firm's Business Litigation Group.

Mr. Wilkins is the recipient of many honors and awards including being recognized by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics for his leadership role in this field. For three consecutive years, he was named by Greenville Business Magazine as one of the most influential people in Greenville and one of the upstate's leading lawyers. In addition, he is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazines. From a field of 850 lawyers, he was recently chosen by his peers as one of the "Legal Elite of the Upstate" as a top practitioner in the fields of Government Affairs and Criminal Law. The American Bar Association recently honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Wilkins played a pivotal role in negotiating the deal that brought the Boeing facility to North Charleston. S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Glenn McConnell authored a letter to the editor in the February 3rd, 2010 edition of The Greenville News thanking Wilkins for his leadership in helping Boeing and the legislature come together. And, after the first 787 Dreamliner rolled off the production line, the Columbia Regional Business Report featured a cover story entitled "Winning Boeing" which detailed Wilkins' lead role in helping the aerospace manufacturing giant choose South Carolina.

In the White-Collar Crime Group, Mr. Wilkins not only supervises, but also actively participates in, the defense of individuals and organizations accused of criminal misconduct.

He also leads the team of appellate attorneys who concentrate their practice on defending or seeking reversal of lower court decisions. The Appellate Advocacy Group handles cases that originated within Nexsen Pruet as well as those from other firms and attorneys, and represents clients in proceedings before state and federal courts as well as government agencies.

As head of the Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practice, he works with clients to develop and implement programs to ensure total compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The group's capabilities range from reviewing existing policies to designing processes and procedures to reduce the possibility that misconduct will occur. Additionally, he helps to shape strategies designed to manage risk and protect corporate reputation in the event of a crisis.

Mr. Wilkins' career spans more than four decades, and includes extensive service to his state, country, and profession. In May of 2011, a cover article in The Greenville Journal was entitled "The Life and Trials of William Walter Wilkins."

A native of Greenville, he served as a law clerk for a federal appeals court judge and as a legislative assistant for a United States Senator before entering the private practice of law. He began public service in 1974, when he was elected Solicitor (district attorney) for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. Four years later, he was re-elected with broad bipartisan support.

During the six years Mr. Wilkins served as the circuit's chief prosecuting attorney, he organized one of the nation's first joint state-federal task forces and successfully prosecuted a number of high-profile cases. In addition, he organized the first Victim-Witness Assistance Program in South Carolina, which was subsequently recognized as one of the best in the nation by the National Organization for Victims Assistance and the National Institute of Justice. He also created the first Child Abuse Prosecution Unit and the first Pretrial Diversion Program in South Carolina.

After a successful tenure as Solicitor, Mr. Wilkins gained national recognition when President Reagan appointed him United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina on July 22, 1981 - the president's first selection to the federal bench in the nation.

Four years later, President Reagan appointed him the first Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. Mr. Wilkins' mandate was to bring about dramatic and positive changes in the nation's federal criminal justice system. As leader of the Sentencing Commission, he was responsible for establishing sentencing guidelines, policies, and practices for the federal courts. He was deeply involved in all aspects of the Commission's work, including writing guidelines addressing white-collar offenses. This experience makes him well suited to lead Nexsen Pruet's White-Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance practices.

Mr. Wilkins chaired the Commission until 1994 while also serving as a federal judge. In June 1986 he was appointed U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1999, he was named Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law for the federal judiciary by Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

On February 15, 2003, he was elevated to the position of Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, serving in that capacity until July 1, 2007, when he elected to take senior status. While Chief Judge, he also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Mr. Wilkins has testified on sentencing and related criminal justice issues before several House and Senate Committees. He has delivered lectures throughout the United States and abroad. He is the author of numerous law review and law journal articles.

Mr. Wilkins is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and Captain of the Moot Court Team. He was also a member of the Order of Wig and Robe and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

In addition to his distinguished legal career, Mr. Wilkins served 27 years in the U.S. Army (active and reserves) and in the South Carolina National Guard. After serving 2 years on active duty, he served for 14 years as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Army Reserves and 11 years as the State Judge Advocate for the S.C. National Guard. Mr. Wilkins has received numerous decorations and awards, including the prestigious Legion of Merit for Meritorious Service, and holds the retired rank of Brigadier General.

Mr. Wilkins taught criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and family law at Greenville Technical College for 24 years. He is a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law where he lectures on a variety of legal subjects.

Mr. Wilkins has authored numerous legal publications including:

Career Highlights

· 2013 South Carolina Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award

· 2012 Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award

· South Carolina Super Lawyers in Civil Litigation

· Chambers USA - Litigation: General Commercial

· Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar and Appellate Law (2012-2013)

· Keynote speaker at the 2011 Southern High Court Conference in Charleston on the topic of how court decisions impact economic development

· American Arbitration Association - Certified Arbitrator, 2009-present

· The Cox Commission, 2009-present

· Former Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

· Former United States District Judge for District of S.C.

· Former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission

· Former Chair of the Committee on Criminal Law for the Federal Judiciary

· American Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award

· Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the S.C. Governor

· Former Solicitor (district attorney) for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in S.C.

· Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law

· Law instructor at Greenville Technical College for 24 years

· Organized one of the first joint state-federal task forces in the nation

· Organized the first Victim-Witness Assistance Program in S.C.

· Created the first Child Abuse Prosecution Unit in S.C.

· Created the first Pretrial Diversion Program in S.C.

· Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees: The University of South Carolina, Charleston School of Law and Anderson University

· Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Coastal Carolina University

News

Ten Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014
Best Lawyers in America has named ten Nexsen Pruet attorneys "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014.

77 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that 77 attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

Five Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to Greenville's "Legal Elite"
Nexsen Pruet attorneys Ron Cardwell, Phil Conner, Tom Stephenson, Joel Stoudenmire and William W. "Billy" Wilkins have been named to Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2013.

Nexsen Pruet Ranked Among Top in the Carolinas; Legal Guide Recognizes Sixteen Attorneys and Six Practice Areas
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce its ranking in the 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners USA.

Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers® List for South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce the attorneys who have been listed in the 2013 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®.

"Nexsen Pruet creates communications subsidiary"
On April 15th, The Columbia Regional Business Report featured "Nexsen Pruet creates communications subsidiary" in its "Morning Report" e-news blast.

Nexsen Pruet Law Firm Launches NP Strategy; Director says clients often need more than legal advice
Nexsen Pruet, a law firm with more than 190 attorneys in eight Carolina offices, has formed NP Strategy. The wholly-owned communications subsidiary is comprised of a veteran group of professionals from media, public policy, public relations and business.

(Photos) Harold Jacobs and Billy Wilkins Honored at the South Carolina Bar Covention
At its annual convention in Myrtle Beach, the South Carolina Bar presented Nexsen Pruet attorney Harold Jacobs with the DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award and Billy Wilkins with the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award.

South Carolina Bar Honors Billy Wilkins with Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award
The South Carolina Bar honored William W. "Billy" Wilkins with its Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award during the Bar's annual convention in Myrtle Beach.

Officers Receive 2012 Billy Wilkins Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
Awards named in honor of Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins are presented to Upstate officers.

Appellate Law Directory Names Billy Wilkins and Nexsen Pruet Among Top in U.S.
William "Billy" Wilkins has been named a "Litigation Star" for the Fourth Circuit of South Carolina. In addition, Nexsen Pruet has been listed as "highly recommended" as a Fourth Circuit Litigation Firm.

13 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013
Thirteen Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named as a "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America®.

Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named to the Best Lawyers in America® list for 2013.

Four Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to Greenville's "Legal Elite"
Greenville attorneys, Billy Wilkins, David Gossett, John Hardaway and Tom Stephenson have been named to Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" for 2012.

Nexsen Pruet Attorneys and Practice Groups Ranked Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet attorneys and practice areas have been recognized by a leading legal directory in both North and South Carolina.

Billy Wilkins Honored with 2012 Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award
On April 19, 2012 the University of South Carolina School of Law honored Nexsen Pruet's Billy Wilkins with a Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award.

"Wilkins' career includes prosecutor, judge, Army officer"
The Columbia Regional Business Report profiles Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

"Winning Boeing - Serendipitous encounter pulled Wilkins into hunt for Boeing"
"Winning Boeing - Serendipitous encounter pulled Wilkins into hunt for Boeing" is the cover story of the May 14th edition of the Columbia Regional Business Report. Veteran reporter Jim Hammond detailed the important role Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins played in bringing the aerospace manufacturing giant to South Carolina.

"1st S.C.-made Boeing Dreamliner to roll out April 27"
"When I think back to the days when we were huddled around that conference table, Boeing was just a hope," (Lt. Gov. Glenn) McConnell said last week, referring to the summer 2009 meetings in the downtown law offices of Nexsen Pruet that brought Boeing to the Palmetto State.

Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Four Named to 2012 Super Lawyers® List for South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that twenty-four attorneys have been listed in the 2012 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®.

Nexsen Pruet "Flip this House" Appellate Work by Wilkins Named "SC Case of the Year"
The legal publication Benchmark Litigation has named Richard Davis v. A&E Television Networks as the 2011 "South Carolina Case of the Year."

The University of South Carolina Law School to Honor William "Billy" Wilkins
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that William W. "Billy" Wilkins, a member (partner) in the firm's Greenville office, has been selected as a 2012 Platinum Compleat Lawyer.

For Third Consecutive Year, Billy Wilkins Named to Greenville's "Most Influential" List
The January 2012 edition of Greenville Business magazine names Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins to its list of "50 Most Influential" people in Greenville.

"Lt. Tony Robinson receives Billy Wilkins Award"
The Pickens Sentinel reports on the 2011 Billy Wilkins Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, which has been awarded to Lt. Tony Robinson of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and Investigator Mark Perry of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

William W. "Billy" Wilkins Earns International Compliance and Ethics Award
The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) honored Wilkins at its 2011 Compliance & Ethics Institute in Las Vegas, NV.

62 Attorneys Named to the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 62 of its attorneys have been named to the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers®.

Billy Wilkins interviewed for article about appellate law practices
Raleigh's Triangle Business Journal interviewed Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins for an article about appellate law practices in the region.

Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to list of "Greenville's Leading Lawyers"
The August 2011 edition of Greenville Business names David Gossett, Tom Stephenson and Billy Wilkins as three of "Greenville's Leading Lawyers."

"Crack Offenders May Get Out of Prison Early"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins, who served as the first Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, spoke to WSPA Television about the current commission's decision to make retroactive a law that substantially lowers sentences for crack-related crimes.

"Boeing labor complaint divides lawyers, lawmakers"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins talks to The Greenville News about the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing.

(Video)"Boeing opens new North Charleston assembly plant"
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Boeing plant in North Charleston on June 10th, South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell told the audience "It was just a few short years ago when we met at Nexsen Pruet and looked at the concept with the officials from Boeing. Look what this State has achieved as a team."

"The Life and Trials of William Walter Wilkins"
The cover article of May 20th edition of The Greenville Journal is entitled "The Life and Trials of William Walter Wilkins."

"Wrongful termination suit dismissed"
The Greenville News reports on Billy Wilkins' defense of Anderson County in a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Not Guilty Verdict in the First Criminal Prosecution Under South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act
An Upstate jury has found Billy Wilkins' clients not guilty on charges that they willfully violated the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. This is the first time in the history of South Carolina that someone has been charged with a crime based on a failure to follow the requirements of FOIA.

Media Reports about "Flip this House" Case
On April 11th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $4 million jury verdict in favor of Richard Davis, creator of the television series "Flip this House." Following the court's affirmation, media outlets across the country reported on it.

Court Upholds $4 Million Verdict for South Carolina Man in "Flip this House" Case
Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury verdict in favor of Billy Wilkins' client Richard Davis, creator of the television series "Flip this House." Billy Wilkins, head of Nexsen Pruet's Appellate Advocacy Group, and Kirsten Small represented Davis on appeal before the 4th Circuit.

Billy Wilkins Named to "Most Influential" List
The January 2011 edition of Greenville Business Magazine names Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins to its list of "50 Most Influential" people in Greenville.

Billy Wilkins Argues Texas Hold'em Case before SC Supreme Court
On Tuesday October 18th, Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court on behalf of Texas Hold'em players convicted of illegal gaming.

Magazine Names Twelve Attorneys to "Legal Elite" List
Twelve Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been listed in Greater Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite" for 2010.

Fifty-nine Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®; Five Practice Areas Listed Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®.

Waring and Wilkins to Receive "Leadership in Law" Awards
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly will honor Nexsen Pruet attorneys Brad Waring and Billy Wilkins with 2010 "Leadership in Law" awards.

Nexsen Pruet Attorneys and Practice Groups Rated Among Top in South Carolina
A leading legal directory has ranked Nexsen Pruet attorneys and practices among the top in South Carolina.

Billy Wilkins Praised for Role in "Greatest Change in the Entire Criminal Justice System"
Nexsen Pruet member (partner) Billy Wilkins received high praise during a confirmation hearing at the United States Senate.

"Time for military justice" & "Graham says it's time for new rules on handling enemy combatants"
United States Senator Lindsey Graham and Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins held a joint news conference at Nexsen Pruet's Greenville office on Monday, February 15th, 2010.

"Lindsey Graham, Billy Wilkins: Federal court not place for terror trials"
The Greenville News reports on a joint news conference held at Nexsen Pruet's Greenville office.

"Thank you Judge Wilkins"
S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Glenn McConnell authored a letter to the editor in the February 3rd, 2010 edition of The Greenville News. The letter is entitled "Thank You Judge Wilkins."

Billy Wilkins Named to List of "50 Most Influential" People in Greenville
The January 2010 edition of Greenville Business Magazine names Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins to its list of "50 Most Influential" people in Greenville.

"Top 15 stories of the year"
On December 31, 2009 GSA Business published an article entitled "Top 15 stories of the year." Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins made the list at #12 - "Wilkins represents high-profile cases."

Boeing's Test Flight of the 787 Dreamliner
Boeing's test flight of the 787 Dreamliner on December 15, 2009

Kyrgyzstan Leaders Visit Billy Wilkins; Learn about US Laws & Justice System
A group from Kyrgyzstan visited Nexsen Pruet's Greenville office on Monday morning, December 14th and spent some time with Billy Wilkins, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Judge praises PCB removal work along Twelve Mile
The December 9, 2009 edition of The Greenville News features an article entitled "Judge praises PCB removal work along Twelve Mile." Nexsen Pruet attorneys Billy Wilkins and Leon Harmon were appointed special receivers to oversee the project.

"Quill & Parchment: Expressing gratitude for lawyers who work for the common good"
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly thanks Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins in an article entitled "Quill & Parchment: Expressing gratitude for lawyers who work for the common good."

"Boeing groundbreaking in North Charleston"
The November 21st - December 4th edition of "News from the South Carolina Department of Commerce" features a video of the recent Boeing groundbreaking in North Charleston.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Boeing's New Facility
Political and business leaders from across the Carolinas and beyond attended a ceremony for Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner facility.

"Ludwig prosecutor wants judge to reconsider probation sentence"
On November 19th, The Greenville News featured an article entitled "Ludwig prosecutor wants judge to reconsider probation sentence." Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins defended John Ludwig in the case.

"Maserati driver gets probation after his car killed man in his home"
On November 16th, GoUpstate.com featured an Associated Press article entitled "Maserati driver gets probation after his car killed man in his home." Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins represented John Ludwig in the case.

"From bench to bar: Former federal chief judge makes tough transition"
The November 9th, 2009 edition of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly profiles Billy Wilkins in an article entitled "From bench to bar: Former federal chief judge makes tough transition."

"For a moment, Boeing brought accord in Columbia"
The November 9th edition of GSA Business features an article entitled "For a moment, Boeing brought accord in Columbia." Nexsen Pruet board chairman spoke to reporter Mike Fitts about how "South Carolina's power structure can function well."

Media Reports on 1st Boeing Contract
The S.C. Department of Commerce has announced the design-to-build contract for the new Boeing in North Charleston.

"Bringing Boeing to S.C. - THE ART OF THE DEAL"
The Charleston Post and Courier references Nexsen Pruet's role in the Boeing deal in an article entitled "Bringing Boeing to S.C. - THE ART OF THE DEAL."

"Former federal judge played pivotal role in landing Boeing"
The Greenville News reports on Billy Wilkins' role in the Boeing deal in an article entitled "Former federal judge played pivotal role in landing Boeing."

"Boeing move could spread across state"
Billy Wilkins tells The Greenville News how Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development team worked to help Boeing come to South Carolina.

"Boeing reps talk big benefits in South Carolina"
WMBF News interviews Nexsen Pruet board chairman Leighton Lord about Boeing's potential impact on South Carolina.

Nexsen Pruet Plays Key Role in Deal to Bring Boeing to South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet attorneys played a key role in helping aircraft maker Boeing land new jobs in South Carolina.

"Greer woman settles suit against Target"
The October 15th edition of The Greenville News features an article entitled "Greer woman settles suit against Target." Nexsen Pruet member (partner) Billy Wilkins represented her in the appeal.

"House gambling definition debated"
Charleston's The Post and Courier reports on an appeal in a Lowcountry courtroom on Tuesday, August 4th. Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins argued "as lawyers for five Texas Hold 'em players convicted earlier this year in a Mount Pleasant municipal court went to state court, asking that their convictions be set aside."

Fifty-eight Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®
Fifty-eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys will be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

"Judge steps up cleanup of PCBs"
An article in The Greenville News entitled "Judge steps up cleanup of PCBs" details how two Nexsen Pruet attorneys will oversee the removal of dams and PCB-contaminated sediment in Twelve Mile River.

"Upstate judge tosses out suit against credit agencies" represented by Billy Wilkins
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins is interviewed for an article in The Greenville News entitled "Upstate judge tosses out suit against credit agencies."

"$4B Litigation Over Credit Reports Gets The Boot"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins is interviewed for a Law360 article entitled "$4B Litigation Over Credit Reports Gets The Boot."

"GOP chair moves to block Democrats from voting in Republican primaries"
The April 18th edition of The Greenville News reports on a recently filed lawsuit that cites a 2007 federal appeals court ruling written by Nexsen Pruet member Billy Wilkins while he was chief judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"SC gambling laws: Let's use common sense, fix 1802 law"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins authors op-ed article entitled "SC gambling laws: Let's use common sense, fix 1802 law" for Sunday's edition of The Spartanburg Herald.

"Simpsonville man charged in fraud"
The Greenville News interviews Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins for article entitled "Simpsonville man charged in fraud."

Former 4th Circuit Chief Judge Shares Secrets with N.C. Department of Justice Attorneys
William W. "Billy" Wilkins, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission recently spoke to more than 65 attorneys at the North Carolina Department of Justice.

"Passions rise in local hearing on state gambling law"
The Greenville News reports on a South Carolina Senate Judiciary public hearing in which Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins addressed committee members.

"Nexsen Pruet new law firm for Anderson County"
The Anderson Independent Mail reports "Nexsen Pruet new law firm for Anderson County."

Nexsen Pruet Moves into New Office Space in Greenville
Nexsen Pruet has moved into new office space in Greenville.

"Hanging up his robes"
The January 2009 edition of Greenville Magazine features a profile of Nexsen Pruet member Billy Wilkins.

Billy Wilkins Named to Panel Studying Issues in Military Justice
William W. "Billy" Wilkins, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit who now heads three practice groups at Nexsen Pruet, has been named to the Cox Commission, an independent panel that will study issues in military justice.

"Nexsen Pruet's deal of the year: hiring Billy Wilkins"
Nexsen Pruet attorney Billy Wilkins is featured in an article in the latest edition of GSA Business. The headline of the article reads - "Nexsen Pruet's deal of the year: hiring Billy Wilkins."

"Looking Backward - General counsel acquitted of backdating as next wave of fraud looms"
Billy Wilkins, head of Nexsen Pruet's White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practice groups is quoted in the December 2008 edition of InsideCounsel magazine.

"Ex-CEO willing to discuss retirement pay, attorney says"
"An attorney (Billy Wilkins) for the retired chief executive of The South Financial Group said Tuesday the former CEO would be willing to discuss his retirement compensation package with U.S. Treasury officials if the pay package poses a danger to the bank holding company receiving federal bailout funds."

Criminal Fallout from The Financial Crisis
White-Collar Crime Fighter editor Peter Goldman interviews Billy Wilkins, head of Nexsen Pruet's White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practice groups.

"Judge won't block CEO's retirement pay"
Nexsen Pruet attorney and former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, William W. "Billy" Wilkins, returned to the courtroom and "successfully argued against a motion in a shareholder suit against South Financial..."

Election 2008: How Will the Outcome Impact You and Your Business?
The election offered three outcomes, all of which could have had a significant impact on how the federal government operates for the next two years and on your business interests.

"Wilkins retires from court to join law firm"
The Greenville News reporter Dan Hoover interviews Billy Wilkins and board chairman Leighton Lord.

Judge Wilkins Retires - WYFF News Reports
WYFF's Michael Cogdill interviews Judge Wilkins and board chairman Leighton Lord.

William W. "Billy" Wilkins, Former Chief Judge, joins Nexsen Pruet
William W. "Billy" Wilkins, Ronald Reagan's first selection to the federal bench in the nation and the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, has joined Nexsen Pruet as a Partner. He will lead the firm's White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practice groups and actively participate in the firm's Business Litigation Group. Wilkins will be based in the firm's Greenville, S.C., office.

Publications

The Legal, Political and Social Implications of the Death Penalty
This article was published by The University of Richmond Law Review. It contains excerpts from remarks made by Billy Wilkins at the Charleston School of Law on September 14, 2006, and at the Riley Institute at Furman University on October 11, 2006. At the time, Wilkins was Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

"From bench to bar: Former federal chief judge makes tough transition"
The November 9th, 2009 edition of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly profiles Billy Wilkins in an article entitled "From bench to bar: Former federal chief judge makes tough transition."

Criminal Fallout from The Financial Crisis
White-Collar Crime Fighter editor Peter Goldman interviews Billy Wilkins, head of Nexsen Pruet's White-Collar Crime, Appellate Advocacy, and Corporate Compliance/Crisis Management practice groups.

Presentations

"Secrets of Effective Communication"

Events

"Leadership in Law" Awards Reception

2010 South Carolina Bar Convention

Civic & Professional Memberships

· Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the United States

· Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

 
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