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Clay Hopkins

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A Little About Clay

Clay earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. He now works at the Hopkins Law Firm in Pawleys Island where his father, who has been representing injured individuals and employees for over 25 years, is his mentor.


Clay has an active litigation practice, representing individuals in state and federal court in many types of civil litigation including: personal injury litigation, medical malpractice mass torts including defective drugs and defective medical devices, business litigation, and insurance bad faith litigation. Clay also maintains a very active employment practice, where he represents employees regarding federal and state employment laws. Clay’s practice includes litigating employment related disputes involving wrongful termination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other types of employment based claims, and Clay has represented employees in both single plaintiff and class actions. Finally, Clay represents individuals who have been charged with crimes in General Sessions Court where they have been charged with felonies, and municipal courts for lesser charges.

More About Clay

Clay is a member of the Ethics Advisory and the Fee Disputes Board for the South Carolina Bar, as well as the Voices Against Violence Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgetown County Class 24, serves as Chairman of the Georgetown County Young Professionals Board, Chamber Golf Tournament Chair, and recently was elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Clay holds a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University, with a minor in Political Science. He spent his college summers working in Pensacola, Florida developing nylon membrane for the detection of nucleic acid. He resides in Georgetown with his golden retriever, Lee.

Educational Background

  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: Journal of the Legal Profession, Executive Editor


  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
    • B.S. – 2011
    • Major: Bioengineering
    • Minor: Political Science

Clay’s Qualifications

  • Areas Of Practice

    • Personal Injury
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Employment Litigation
    • Criminal Defense
  • Certified Legal Specialties

    • Accredited by Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Bar Admissions

    • South Carolina
    • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Association for Justice
    • South Carolina Association for Justice
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

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Over the years, we have had the opportunity to counsel thousands of people through tough challenges, as well as exciting opportunities, both in trials and at negotiating tables. When we take on a case, you can rest assured knowing that we go to fight for you and we give all of our clients…

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Contact Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, at 843-314-4202. If you would like more information about your specific case, you can meet with an attorney from our Pawleys Island team. We will listen to your story, let you know what we can do, and how we can help. You may also email us with a detailed description of your case and we will reach back out to you. We are your local attorneys and we are here to help.

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