R. Walker Humphrey II
Walker is a first chair trial and appellate lawyer representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex, high-risk litigation. He has argued before federal and state appellate courts, and he has tried cases to verdict before federal and state courts and in FINRA arbitration.
Walker began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Kaye Gorenflo Hearn, Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. After his clerkship, he joined a national litigation firm based in Dallas, Texas, where he worked up and tried complex toxic tort cases across the country. Walker then returned to South Carolina to join Willoughby & Hoefer’s Charleston office, where he currently focuses his practice on securities mismanagement and fraud, civil and class action litigation, general appellate litigation, and business law. He also serves as local counsel on a variety of cases, including asbestos, medical device, and construction matters, and routinely teaches continuing legal education classes on a wide range of topics.
Walker earned his bachelor’s degree with special attainments in commerce, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Walker was awarded his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law.
- South Carolina Bar
- California Bar
- United States District Court: South Carolina and Northern and Central Districts of California
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
- Charleston School of Law, Summa Cum Laude, J.D.
- Washington & Lee, Magna Cum Laude, B.A.
- Charleston County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar Association
- California Bar Association
- Public Investors Advocate Bar Association
- James L. Petigru American Inn of Court (Secretary, 2021-23)
- Association of Corporate Counsel, South Carolina Chapter
- Asbestos Litigation Group
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
- Berkeley County Bar Association
- Secretary of the Inn of Court Treasurer 2023
- Chair of the CLE Committee for the Charleston County Bar for 2023
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- The Creditor’s Guide to the Technology Galaxy: The Effect of Article 9 on Remotely Disabling Collateral, 3 Char. L. Rev. 665 (2009)
- Dennis the Menace?: The Dennis Canon, The Episcopal Church, and Neutral Trust Law (Mar. 24, 2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1683775
- What is Effective Trial Technology? A Jeopardy! CLE (Sept. 2018)
- South Carolina State Agency Privacy 101 (May 2019)
- The South Carolina Courts $100,000 Pyramid (May 2019)
- Ethics and the In House Counsel: Don’t Be an Outhouse In House Counsel (Feb. 2020, with John Nichols, Disciplinary Counsel, S.C. Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel)
- Legislative Update (Feb. 2022, with President Thomas Alexander, South Carolina Senate, and Chairman Bill Sandifer, South Carolina House of Representatives)