Michael B.T. Wilkes

South Carolina

Wilkes, Atkinson & Joyner, LLC
127 Dunbar Street,
Suite 200
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Tel: 864-591-1113

Email: mwilkes@wajlawfirm.com
Web: www.wajlawfirm.com

Raised in Atlanta, Mike Wilkes attended Woodward Academy before obtaining his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Georgia in 1973.  In 1976, Mike graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and practiced law in Atlanta before moving to Spartanburg in 1979.

Mike has tried to a jury verdict cases involving claims of construction and design defects, death, serious personal injury, defective products, insurer bad faith, dental malpractice, fire, nuisance, defamation, water runoff, and business contracts. He also has tried non-jury cases and participated in arbitrations involving construction and design defects, business contracts, and private club member disputes, including a nineteen-day arbitration claim against a major architectural and engineering firm. Mike is also a certified mediator and provides mediation services in all of his practice areas.

Mike has been recognized as a “Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney” by SuperLawyers since 2009.

Before Mike joined with Dan Atkinson and Alex Joyner to form Wilkes Atkinson and Joyner, LLC this year, he established the Wilkes Law Firm, P.A. in 2003 to focus on representing insurers and individual clients in the areas of professional liability defense, construction and business litigation, and insurance defense. In 2007, Mike opened the firm’s Charleston office to expand the firm’s geographic service area to the coast of South Carolina. Mike divides his time almost equally between the firm’s Spartanburg and Charleston offices.

Before founding WAJ’s predecessor firm, Mike practiced at The Ward Law Firm, P.A., in Spartanburg from 1982 to 2003, and served as that firm’s managing partner for over ten years. He is a past-president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. He is a member of the Professional Liability Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mike also has served on a sub-committee of the South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee to interview and evaluate judicial candidates.

Reported cases in which Mike has been involved include: Pennsylvania Nat. Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. Parker, 320 S.E.2d 458 (S.C. App. 1984); Boles v. Una Water Dist., 353 S.E.2d 286 (S.C. 1987); Pruitt v. Thermo-Kinetics Indus., 368 S.E.2d 913 (S.C. App. 1988); Carter v. R.L. Jordan Oil Co., 385 S.E.2d 820 (S.C. 1989); Spartan Grain & Mill Co. v. Ralston Purina Co., 864 F.2d 1389 (4th Cir. 1989); Foster v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 395 S.E.2d 440 (S.C. 1990); Walker v. The Bluffs Apartments, 447 S.E.2d 472 (S.C. App. 1996); Spartan Iron & Metal Corp. v. Liberty Ins. Corp., 6 Fed. Appx. 176 (4th Cir. 2001); Martinez v. Duke Energy Co., 130 Fed. Appx. 629 (4th Cir. 2005); Mid-South Mgt. Co. v. Sherwood Dev. Corp., 649 S.E.2d 135 (S.C. App. 2007); Sullivan v. Hawker Beechcraft Corp., 723 S.E.2d 835 (S.C. App. 2012); Stoneledge at Lake Keowee Owners’ Ass’n, Inc. v. Clear View Const., LLC, 776 S.E.2d 426 (S.C. App. 2015); Hampton Hall, LLC v. Chapman Coyle Chapman & Associates Architects AIA, Inc., 2018 WL 679454 (D.S.C. 2018); Servotronics v, Inc. v. Boeing Company, 954 F.3d 209 (4th Cir. 2020); and BEI-Beach, LLC v. Lend Lease (US) Construction, Inc. v. Antunovich Associates, 440 S.C. 98 (S.C. App. 2023).

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1976
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A., cum laude, 1973
  • Woodward Academy, magna cum laude, 1970
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina, 1979
  • Georgia, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (President, 1994-1995)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Aviation Insurance Association
  • South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution
  • South Carolina Federal Bar Association
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
Wilkes Atkinson & Joyner, LLC, focuses on defending complex litigation and providing legal services to insurers, businesses, and professionals.

We use a team approach to deliver prompt, thorough, and experienced representation in areas that include Insurance Defense and Litigation, Construction Litigation, Aviation Claims, Business Litigation, Business Representation, and Contract Matters and Disputes.

With offices in Charleston and Spartanburg, SC, our firm serves clients throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.