Bill Nixon attended The Citadel on a full academic scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1993. He received his Juris Doctorate from Campbell University School of Law in 1996, and also studied as a visiting student at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Upon graduation, Mr. Nixon served a one year clerkship for The Honorable Edward B. Cottingham of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Upon completion of his time with Judge Cottingham, he began prosecuting as an Assistant Solicitor for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, which is comprised of both Charleston and Berkeley Counties. While a prosecutor, Mr. Nixon was assigned his first murder case after only eight months on the job, and went on to successfully prosecute numerous high profile violent crime cases over his nearly four years of service. View some of the notable cases he has handled including DUI and DUI related charges, drug possession, drug trafficking, burglary, armed robbery, criminal sexual conduct (rape), larceny, weapons charges and over a dozen complex murder cases.
In January 2001, Mr. Nixon moved to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and began working in private practice with Tom Bolt and Associates, P.C. His practice focused on personal injury and criminal defense work. While in St. Thomas, Mr. Nixon served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Virgin Islands Bar Association. He maintains his law license in the US Virgin Islands and occasionally associates on cases there.
In the fall of 2002, Mr. Nixon was accepted into The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, United Kingdom, where he studied various subjects including international criminal law and United Nations Law. In 2003 he was awarded a Masters of Arts degree in the History of International Relations.
Mr. Nixon returned to the United States in 2004 and began working for McAngus, Goudelock and Courie, a regional insurance defense firm. During his time as an associate with McAngus, Mr. Nixon handled hundreds of workers’ compensation cases, including numerous trials and appeals. He also handled numerous personal injury matters, polishing his trial skills and learning the insurance defense business from the inside out.
- The Citadel, 1993 - Bachelor of Arts, History
- Campbell University School of Law, 1996 - Juris Doctorate
- The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2003 - Master of Arts
Associations & Memberships
- South Carolina Bar Association
- Charleston County Bar Association
- The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- United States Virgin Islands Bar Association
- John Wesley United Methodist Church Day School, Board Member/Legal Counsel
- Orange Grove Elementary Charter School, Board of Directors
- 2012 SC Family Bench-Bar Committee, Elected Member
- Abuse and Neglect Cases Seminar for New Attorneys presented by Children’s Law Center
- Practice Basics for the New Lawyer presented by SC Women Lawyers Association; Charleston School of Law
- Handling DSS Appointment Cases: A Panel’s Perspective presented by Charleston County Bar Association (Audio Time 0:45:20 through 0:53:53)
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