Practicing law allows Wes Allison to marry two passions: Digging up facts and helping clients pursue justice from powerful people and institutions.
Wes developed these passions — and the tools to pursue them— during a career in journalism that spanned 18 years, in which he constantly strived to shine light and hold accountable those who claimed to do the people’s work. The recipient of numerous state and national reporting awards, Wes covered South Carolina local politics, government and crime before moving on to write about medicine and science, national politics, Congress and the White House.
He has also covered some of our nation’s biggest stories of the past two decades, including the war in Iraq, where he was embedded with an infantry unit of the 101st Airborne Division. His series on the politics of embryonic stem cell research earned the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award for Washington coverage.
Now, Wes puts his investigative and storytelling skills to work for clients who have suffered serious personal injury from medical malpractice, dental malpractice, trucking accidents, motor vehicle collisions, abuse and neglect. He is also licensed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which handles vaccine injury cases.
Wes also represents families and small businesses in insurance and contractual disputes.
Wes lives on Goat Island, S.C., with his wife, Lisa, and their two boys. The Allisons are parishioners of Christ Our King Catholic Church and are active in several community organizations. They enjoy fishing, boating and hiking.
South Carolina Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court of South Carolina
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
— J.D., Charleston School of Law, magna cum laude, 2012
o Dean’s List, 2009-12
o CALI Awards for highest grade, Legal Research & Writing, Administrative Law, Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility
o Associate Managing Editor, Charleston Law Review
— B.A., University of Richmond, 1991
Recent Publications and Presentations
ERISA Basics: Getting Your Feet Wet – So Your Clients Don’t Get Soaked, August 6, 2021, South Carolina Association of Justice Annual Conference, Hilton Head, S.C.
ERISA Basics: Getting Your Feet Wet – So Your Clients Don’t Get Soaked, Sept. 10, 2021, 21-Hour Harry M. Philo Invitational Seminar, Detroit, MI.
Beating Writer’s Block, South Carolina Lawyer, Vol. 32, Issue 6, p. 42 (May 2021).
The Constitution, Executive Authority, and the Present Situation, Feb. 13, 2019, Liberal Men of the Lowcountry, Hilton Head, S.C.
Put Some Bite in Your Practice: An Introduction to Dental Malpractice, The Justice Bulletin (S.C. Association for Justice), Fall 2017 (with Justin S. Kahn).
South Carolina Evidence: Differences Make a Difference, The Justice Bulletin (S.C. Association for Justice), Summer 2016 (with Justin S. Kahn).
Yard Sticks and Stop Signs: Making Your Case With Codes and Standards, The Justice Bulletin, Fall 2014 (with Justin S. Kahn).
Discovery and The Insurance Claim File: Facts Are Discoverable No Matter Who You Are, The Justice Bulletin, Summer 2014 (with Justin S. Kahn).
Who’s Afraid of the Reptile Motion in Limine? Educating the Court About Using Saftey Rules and The Role of the Jury, The Justice Bulletin, Spring 2014 (with Justin S. Kahn).
Prove Notice Without Knowledge: Show Facts That Required Inquiry, The Justice Bulletin, Summer 2013 (with Justin S. Kahn).
The Weight of Obama’s Do-over of Oath of Office, Tampa Bay Times, January 20, 2013.
Of Science and Snowflakes: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Case Against Shirley v. Sebelius, Charleston Law Review, Summer 2011.
South Carolina Bar
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
The Melvin M. Belli Society
Charleston County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association