S. Wallace Carnwath
- University of South Carolina School of Law (JD 2009)
- Hamilton College (BA 2006)
- U.S. District Court, South Carolina
- North Carolina State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with two amazing parents whose love and support provided the opportunities that allowed me to become the man I am today. When my mom wasn’t driving me to football or lacrosse practice, I could be found fly-fishing on the Chattahoochee River with my dad just down the street from my childhood home. Through all my years of schooling, the lessons I learned from my parents have proven invaluable in all aspects of my life. I was lucky to be part of such a strong family unit.
In elementary school, I had the privilege of playing Pop Warner football for Coach Fred Crump and the Cypress Lake Hornets (former coach and team of Deon Sanders), which taught me the rewards of hard work and importance of accountability to a common goal. My teammates covered the full spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds, but we were blind to those differences. We were a team, all for one and one for all. I remain in contact with some of my teammates to this day even though we are separated by time and geography. The bonds of a team are unyielding. I am so thankful that I found team sports at a young age, as they have remained a constant throughout my life.
As I entered high school, my love for the game of lacrosse grew. Upon graduating, I went to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where I was lucky enough to play lacrosse. Juggling classes, practices and games forces you to master time management, which has proven invaluable in my adult life as a practicing attorney. My time in college only reinforced my love for being a member of a team and working towards a common goal.
After graduating from Hamilton, I went to law school at the University of South Carolina. While in law school I was a member of the South Carolina Law Review (a team of sorts) and studied Transnational Dispute Resolution at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (London, England). I spent a summer clerking for the Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. I even found time to play club lacrosse before graduating in 2009.
In my first job out of law school, I worked at a large international law firm in North Carolina, where I gained significant experience defending a commercial boiler manufacturer in multi-jurisdiction, class-action asbestos litigation. In my first few years of practice, I deposed hundreds of individual plaintiffs and was able to observe countless more-seasoned litigators participate in the same deposition on behalf of their industrial clients. That early experience gave me the confidence necessary to tackle complex legal issues in all facets of discovery.
I came to Charleston, South Carolina in early 2013 to continue my career with a local defense firm. I represented more than 100 individual and corporate clients in all aspects of civil litigation. As a trial lawyer, I focused my practice on general litigation, including construction, premises liability defense, personal injury, dram shop, motor carrier and homeowners association litigation. I hold law licenses in both South Carolina and North Carolina and have practiced throughout those states.
I had the privilege of joining Walker Allen in November of 2018. I quickly integrated into the team, making key contributions in a trial within my first few months. Working with the attorneys and staff at Walker Allen is a true joy. The level of collaboration among attorneys and offices is a testament to the mutual respect we have for each other. Just like in Pop Warner football, that respect is earned through accountability to a common goal. Our collective efforts best serve client interests and leads to exceptional results. I am proud to be a member of the Walker Allen team and am excited to grow with the firm in the years to come.