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.
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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.
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|GA||Suspended - Administrative||1985||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Pro Bono Service Award||South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program||2003|
|William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award||South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association||2001|
|Certified Specialist in Debtor and Creditor Law||South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization||1995|
|Pro Bono Service Award||South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program||1995|
|Owner||Law Office of Däna Wilkinson||1998 - Present|
|Associate||Anderson & Associates, P.A.||1990 - 1997|
|Associate||Bernstein & Freeman, P.A.||1987 - 1990|
|Law Clerk||United States Bankruptcy Court, WDLA||1985 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Association||N/A||1987 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar, Solo and Small Firm Section||Council member||2008 - 2010|
|South Carolina Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialization Board||Advisory Board||1995 - 1997|
|In re Glenn||Objection overruled; homestead exemption allowed|
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|SC Bankruptcy Blog||More Doctors Facing Bankruptcy||2013|
|South Carolina Bankruptcy Blog||Cut Your Debt In Half (NOT)--What Debt Settlement Companies Are Really Selling||2010|
|Bankruptcy Law Network||Bankruptcy Planning--Ten Dumbest Things Not to Do||2010|
|South Carolina Bankruptcy Blog||Bankruptcy Fraud and the Hot Dog Vendor||2010|
|University of South Carolina||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|June Meeting||Exemptions in South Carolina||2010|