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Biography

Amy Hill is a litigation attorney and partner practicing out of the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina, office.  With a degree in accounting, her legal practice places an emphasis on business and commercial litigation with a particular focus on probate litigation as well as lender liability and FINRA litigation.  Amy also represents attorneys in malpractice claims and disciplinary matters.

Amy routinely represents individuals, large and small businesses in commercial litigation matters before state and federal courts.  Matters often handled by Amy in this area of the law include representing:

  • beneficiaries or personal representatives in estate disputes and will contests
  • trustees in allegations of breach of their fiduciary duty
  • banks in lender liability
  • broker-dealers or brokers in both industry and customer disputes
  • members or shareholders in the winding down and distribution of entities assets including minority oppression claims, if they arise

Amy also dedicates a portion of her practice to professional liability defense centering on the legal profession.  Amy’s experience in this area has allowed her the opportunity to represent clients in a number of different types of legal specific liability issues including:

  • Attorneys and law firms defending against malpractice claims.
  • Attorneys and law firms that are the subject of an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
  • Helping attorneys navigate professional responsibility issues that might arise in their practice such as questions about advertising, trust accounts or conflicts of interest.

Amy places a high value on the level of service she provides her clients. She understands that clients value excellent service and regular communication as importantly as legal skill.  As a result, Amy strives to exceed client expectations and satisfaction in every matter.

Articles, Presentations & Publications

The Ins and Outs of Non-Compete Agreements

According to a March, 2016, U.S. Department of the Treasury report, nearly 30 million workers are covered by a non-compete agreement.[i] These workers run the gamut from CEOs to sandwich makers.[ii] It is important for firms and individuals to understand the importance of these clauses and to enter into agreements knowing what is expected and required of them if the employee were ever to leave. Further, when an employee does leave, the new (hiring) employer, the employee, and the former employer all have important factors to consider.

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Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
    - President, 2014
    - Executive Committee, 2010 – 2014
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    - Professional Responsibility Committee Chair, 2014 – 2016
    - Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Chair, 2011 – 2013
    - Ethics Advisory Committee, 2006 – 2008
    - Building Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Foundation
    - Vice-Chair, 2010-2011
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division
    - Minority and Diversity Committee Co-Chair, 2006 – 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite – Business Litigation, Columbia Business Monthly, 2016
  • Compleat Lawyer Award Silver Medallion, USC Law School Alumni Association, 2013
  • Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Female Litigators in America, 2012
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2012 – 2014
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2016
  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2009 – 2014, 2016
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Quarter”, 2004 – 2005, 2008 – 2009
  • Richland County Bar Association Civic Star Award, 2006

Community Involvement

  • The Friends of Richland County Public Library
    - Board Member
  • Brockman Elementary
    - Volunteer
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2007
  • Women to Work
    - Event Coordinator, 2007
  • Cinderella Project
    - Co-Chair, 2003 – 2006
  • Salvation Army Remodel-A-Room Project
    - Participant, 2005
  • Women to Work Project
    - Volunteer, 2004 – 2005

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2000
    - Environmental Law Journal
  • Clemson University, B.S. in Accounting, 1996
  • Summer Legal Study in Capetown, South Africa through University of Florida
  • Levin College of Law, 1999