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When I was in law school, I choose a small bankruptcy boutique firm (then Anderson and Robinson, P.A.) to work for one summer.  I knew virtually nothing about bankruptcy; I chose the firm because I liked their approach to hiring--they were honest about the work their summer clerks would do, and the lawyers they would be working with.  Before the summer was out, I had truly found my niche--the work suited me, and I was comfortable with the Code-based practice.  I've never practiced in any other field.


After law school, I clerked for two bankruptcy judges in the Western District of Louisiana, and then returned to private practice in South Carolina, including a number of years with the same firm I clerked for during law school.  I worked with Bob Anderson and John Fort, both Chapter 7 panel trustees, and represented other trustees as well.  I also represented debtors in Chapter 11 cases as well as consumer cases.  


In 1997 I had the opportunity to return home, to Spartanburg, where I grew up.  As I was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--the adoption of a baby girl--the prospect of returning home was irresistable.  I started my own practice in 1998, primarily devoted to representing consumers in bankruptcy cases, but also branching out to work on the occasional Chapter 11 case.  


My practice is small.  My walls are decorated with hand-made art work--my daughter's--and my desk is covered with pictures (and, to be honest, cluttered with files).  I am committed to treating each client as an individual, and crafting a solution that is right for that client, whether that means filing a bankruptcy, trying to work out settlements, or recommending a different course of action altogether.  I also try to make my clients comfortable with the often unfortunate situation they find themselves in.



Regarding any endorsements or testimonials in my profile, South Carolina Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1 requires this notice: "Any result the endorsed lawyer or law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients."



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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 50%
    28 years, 675 cases
  2. Chapter 13: 40%
    28 years, 600 cases
  3. Chapter 11: 5%
    28 years, 25 cases
  4. Bankruptcy: 5%
    28 years, 100 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Craig William Andresen

    Dana Wilkinson is a colleague who I know through the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She is a thoughtful lawyer who has always impressed me with her solid analytical skills and ability to come up with good solutions to bankruptcy client issues.


    Craig Andresen Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John R. Cantrell Jr.

    Dana is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in upstate SC. She is also a capable litigator, and is active in associating with other bankruptcy attorneys around the state. She is a leader in the bankruptcy community.


    John Cantrell Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


SCGood Standing198703/07/2013
GASuspended - Administrative198507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Pro Bono Service AwardSouth Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program2003
William E.S. Robinson Public Service AwardSouth Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association2001
Certified Specialist in Debtor and Creditor LawSouth Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization1995
Pro Bono Service AwardSouth Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Däna Wilkinson1998 - Present
AssociateAnderson & Associates, P.A.1990 - 1997
AssociateBernstein & Freeman, P.A.1987 - 1990
Law ClerkUnited States Bankruptcy Court, WDLA1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Bankruptcy Law AssociationN/A2005 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
South Carolina Bar, Solo and Small Firm SectionCouncil member2008 - 2010
South Carolina Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialization BoardAdvisory Board1995 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re GlennObjection overruled; homestead exemption allowed
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Publication nameTitleDate
SC Bankruptcy BlogMore Doctors Facing Bankruptcy2013
South Carolina Bankruptcy BlogCut Your Debt In Half (NOT)--What Debt Settlement Companies Are Really Selling2010
Bankruptcy Law NetworkBankruptcy Planning--Ten Dumbest Things Not to Do2010
South Carolina Bankruptcy BlogBankruptcy Fraud and the Hot Dog Vendor2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
June MeetingExemptions in South Carolina2010