A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Hal Hewell earned a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1986. After several successful years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Hal decided that he could more effectively help people through the practice of law. He attended California Western School of Law, receiving his J.D. and admission to the State Bar of California in 1994.