Kathleen C. Barnes



  • Some of the top lawyers across South Carolina hire Kathleen when complex issues arise across a wide range of practice areas.  She has a knack for tackling difficult legal problems and is an indispensable part of any case she is called to work on in trial and appellate courts.  Kathleen has handled over 45 appeals in state and federal court.  She has argued over 15 times before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a wide variety of practice areas, including wrongful death, products liability, insurance bad faith, medical negligence, personal injury, and mesothelioma-asbestos.
  • Kathleen attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism and mass communication.  Kathleen then attended the Charleston School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Arthur Gasque Howe Trial Advocacy Award.  She was a member of The Charleston Law Review and the Moot Court Board.
  • Kathleen is admitted to practice in South Carolina and Georgia state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She served as law clerk to the Honorable John Cannon Few, then-Chief Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals.  Kathleen speaks at legal conferences and serves on the Lowcountry Citizens Committee for Judicial Qualifications.  She was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Publication from 2018-2024.


  • William Barnes is awesome! I enjoy talking to him every time that I needed to, he’s always available to listen even if it’s just for the simplest things and give good advice.
  • I had a great experience with Attorney William Barnes. He is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. Mr. Barnes was easy to communicate with and was very professional. I would definitely recommend him and his firm for your legal needs.
  • William F. Barnes, III was extremely helpful in navigating me through a challenging situation.  His quick responsiveness, attention to detail, and regular correspondence was essential to alleviating my concern and developing a path towards resolution.  The high quality customer service provided is second to none and I would recommend utilizing him for legal counsel.

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