“I appreciate the confidence demonstrated by my partners in electing me as Managing Partner. I hope to be able to follow in the footsteps of my immediate predecessor, Mike Branham, and others who have so effectively served in that role,” said Johnson.
“After 10 years of participation in the management of the firm, including the last 7 years and 3 months as Managing Partner, I am pleased to be back in the full time practice of law,” said Branham. “I was very pleased that Wilbur made the decision to consider the role of Managing Partner. Wilbur has been involved in numerous leadership roles including the management of the firm for many years. With his experience and guidance, the firm will continue to prosper under his leadership.”
Johnson practices primarily in the area of employment and labor law, and is licensed to practice in State Court, the United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals. Until 1994, Wilbur worked as an assistant attorney general in the office of the Attorney General of South Carolina and was the recipient of the Earl Warren Legal Training Fellowship.
He is a member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, the South Carolina Bar Nominating Committee and the Employment and Labor Law, the Litigation sections of the American Bar Association and has recently been admitted to membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is also past chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct.
Active in the community, Johnson serves as a board member of Roper Hospital, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Trust for Public Land, Crisis Ministries, Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board, the South Carolina Aquarium, the New Morning Foundation, the International African American Museum Board of Trustees, and the Carolina Youth Development Center. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law.
As chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Port Development Task Force, Johnson is a leader in the efforts to generate support for the Port of Charleston from the SC General Assembly, regulatory agencies, and other SC chambers of commerce. In addition to serving as a past chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Johnson has chaired the chamber’s Public Policy Committee and served on the task force that aimed at passing a school bond referendum to generate money for repairs to the Charleston County School District’s physical plant.
Johnson is a graduate of Augusta State University, in Augusta, GA, and the University of South Carolina School of Law.
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