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Clay Hopkins
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A Little About Clay

Clay is a second generation lawyer and grew up in the Midlands of South Carolina in Columbia and Camden, South Carolina. After graduating with honors and receiving a B.S. in Bioengineering with a Minor Political Science from Clemson University, Clay attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law.

While a law student, Clay was inducted in to the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and was the Executive Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession. In addition, Clay was a recipient of the Dean’s Community Service Award and participated in the Civil Law Clinic, where he tried a civil case under supervision from the clinic director and gained a wide range of legal experiences. He also interned for the Honorable Virginia Emerson Hopkins and the Honorable Karon O. Bowdre, both Federal judges for the Northern District of Alabama.

 

While at the Hopkins Law Firm, Clay has helped clients achieve successful results in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, bad faith (insurance) litigation, products liability, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, commercial/business litigation, DUI, jail/prison guard misconduct cases, school bullying, negligent security, and many areas of employment cases. During this time, Clay has litigated numerous complex civil cases and tried 15 cases to verdict, which have resulted in several six-figure verdicts and seven-figure settlements in both state and federal courts.

Clay enjoys being based out of Charleston but still maintains strong ties to his local community in the Midlands where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases. Clay has represented a diverse group of South Carolinians in venues throughout the state (including in his second home of Oconee County) and seeks justice relentlessly on their behalf.

Prior to attending law school, Clay worked in Pensacola, Florida for a short time in the biotech manufacturing industry. Clay is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, formerly known as South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. Clay was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and has continued to volunteer his time in his local community. Clay lives on Johns Island with his fiancé Laney DuBose.

More About Clay

Clay enjoys being based out of Charleston but still maintains strong ties to his local community in the Midlands where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases. Clay has represented a diverse group of South Carolinians in venues throughout the state (including in his second home of Oconee County) and seeks justice relentlessly on their behalf.

Prior to attending law school, Clay worked in Pensacola, Florida for a short time in the biotech manufacturing industry. Clay is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, formerly known as South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. Clay was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and has continued to volunteer his time in his local community. Clay lives on Johns Island with his fiancé Laney DuBose.

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Educational Background

The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Drug Litigation
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
  • 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