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Biography

Will Harbison is a partner in the firm’s Columbia office. Focusing his practice for more than 20 years on defending the interests of employers and insurance companies, Will has handled a wide range of cases, including catastrophic claims, complex coverage disputes, brain injuries, occupational disease claims, fraudulent activity, and the negotiation and navigation of the various liens that often arise out of a workers’ compensation setting.

Throughout Will’s legal career he has represented a vast array of clients in varying industries; however, he often represents the following:

  • Construction Industry
  • Hospitality Industry
  • National Manufacturers
  • Paper Manufacturers
  • Tree Removal Company
  • Small Businesses

Will takes pride in the quality of work he provides his clients. This high quality is only attained by Will thoroughly investigating, evaluating and developing a specific strategy and action plan for a claim at the outset; consistently working to “push” the claim towards conclusion; creative approaches and resolutions to difficult issues and positions; providing excellent service to his clients; and, if necessary, providing effective and vigorous representation at a hearing.

As a result of Will’s attention to detail and quality of work, his cases have ranged from catching a Claimant playing semi-professional football while simultaneously claiming permanent and total disability to successfully arguing the appeal of a workers’ compensation decision before the SC Supreme Court.

Will has previously served as chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the South Carolina Bar and was a member of the Editorial Board of “The Law of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina” (Second Edition, 1988) and the 1992 supplement to “The Law of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina.”   He has also given numerous CLE seminars and lectures on the area of workers’ compensation for a number of organizations, including the South Carolina Bar Association, The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the National Business Institute.

Outside of work, Will enjoys, and struggles with, a wide array of interests, including the frustrations of an inconsistent golf swing, a rapidly deteriorating tennis game, argumentative teenage girls and an energetic 12 year-old son, and an ever evolving exercise program.

AVPreeminent

Associations & Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Columbia, Graduate
  • Magistrate Advisory Council, Gubernatorial Appointee
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Access to Justice Committee -Former Chair
  • South Carolina Bar, Pro Bono Committee – Former Chair
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • South Carolina Self-Insurers Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite – Workers’ Compensation Defense, Columbia Business Monthly, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Workers’ Compensation – Defense, 2005 to Present
  • South Carolina Bar, Workers’ Compensation Section, Former Chairman
  • Gubernatorial Appointee to the Magistrate Advisory Council
  • South Carolina Bars’ Pro Bono Committee – Former Chair
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
  • Editorial Board of the Law of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina (Second Edition, 1988)
  • Editorial Board of the Law of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina (1992 Supplement)
  • Presented numerous CLEs, seminars, and lectures on the area of workers’ compensation for a number of organizations, including the South Carolina Bar Association, The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the National Business Institute.

Community Involvement

  • Trinity Housing Corporation / St. Lawrence Place – Treasurer
  • Friends of Richland County Library – Board Member
  • Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties – Former Board Member

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1991

Education

  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A. Washington & Lee University, 1987

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