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Wallace K. Lightsey

Intellectual property Attorney at Greenville, SC

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Wallace is an experienced trial attorney, with well over 50 jury trials in his career. He has argued numerous appeals in the South Carolina appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has a diverse litigation practice involving complex securities, corporate, and intellectual property cases, as well as news media and First Amendment disputes. In the area of First Amendment litigation, he has represented Time Inc., The New York Times Company, The Associated Press, and Pulitzer Broadcasting, as well as local news media including The Greenville News, The Spartanburg Herald, WYFF TV, WHNS TV, WSPA TV, and other newspapers around South Carolina. He also has an active practice litigating disputes over intellectual property -- such as trademark, copyright, and trade secrets -- and in recent years has been lead counsel in copyright lawsuits involving close to a billion dollars at issue. In 2004, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization composed of a small percentage of the best trial attorneys in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Building on his substantial trial and courtroom experience, Wallace has been certified by the American Arbitration Association to its Roster of Neutrals for commercial arbitration, and has served as panel chair, panel member, and sole arbitrator in a number of arbitrations involving large, complex disputes as well as relatively simple ones.  Unlike many judges, Wallace likes helping to resolve discovery disputes and is available for appointment as a special discovery master in lawsuits where the parties anticipate having to deal with difficult discovery matters.

Licensed for 36 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/24/2022

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Wyche, P.A.
44 E Camperdown Way
Greenville, SC, 29601-3512

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Wyche, P.A.
  • 1986 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. John Minor Wisdom, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, LA
  • 1983 - 1984

Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Duke University
  • AB - Applied Baccalaureate
  • 1979

Associations

  • American Bar Association Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals
  • Certified Member
  • N/A
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Secretary of State Blue Ribbon Committee on Corporations
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • College of Charleston
  • Board of Visitors
  • N/A
  • Project Host Soup Kitchen
  • Treasurer, Board Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Bar Association Committees: Ethics Advisory Committee; Professional Responsibility Committee; Professionalism Committee; Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Fee Disputes Resolution Board
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Head Start
  • Volunteer Reader
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • The Warehouse Theatre
  • Director
  • 2011 - 2015
  • The Family Effect Foundation
  • Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Greenville United Way Palmetto Society Board
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • The Family Effect Foundation
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2014
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Wyche Executive Committee
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2013
  • South Carolina Commission on Lawyer Conduct
  • Chairman
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
  • South Carolina Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • First Vice President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1991 - 1995
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Awards

  • Greenville Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Chambers USA
  • Chambers USA
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Lawyers in SC
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Greenville Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • 50 Most Influential
  • Greenville Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • Leadership in Law 2015
  • SC Lawyers Weekly
  • 2015
  • Greenville Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Greenville's "Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2004
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Publications

  • South Carolina Law of Damages
  • Defamation and Invasion of Privacy
  • 2004
  • 50-State Survey: Media Libel Law (2001-present)
  • South Carolina
  • 2001
  • 50-State Survey: Media Privacy and Related Law (2001-present)
  • South Carolina
  • 2001
  • Chairman and Contributing Author, South Carolina Jurisprudence
  • Libel and Slander
  • 1993
  • Contributing Author, South Carolina Jurisprudence
  • Appeal and Error
  • 1992
  • Wm. & Mary Law Review
  • A Critique of the Promise Model of Contract
  • 1984
  • Harvard Law Review
  • Disengaging Sales Law from the Sales Construct: A Proposal To Extend the Scope of Article 2 of the UCC
  • 1982
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Greenville Intellectual property Lawyer Wallace K. Lightsey
Wallace K. Lightsey
Intellectual property Attorney
Greenville, SC
Licensed for 36 years