William H. Kleindienst

Associate / Charleston

Will is an associate in the Charleston office. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, personal injury defense, premises liability, employment defense, commercial litigation, and general insurance defense and coverage.  He represents design professionals, architects, contractors, subcontractors, developers, and suppliers in lawsuits involving construction related disputes. Outside of litigation, he provides legal counsel to construction clients, engineering and design firms, clients in the medical field, and the food and beverage industry.

Prior to joining Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, Will’s practice focused on real estate, corporate, and environmental transactions. Will was past General Counsel for the Board of the Palmetto Society of Human Resource Management. He has served on the Board of Assessment Appeals since 2014 and serves as a Commissioner for the North Charleston Housing Authority. He enjoys giving back to his community and volunteers his time as an attorney for Palmetto Community Care and South Carolina Equality’s Litigation Team.

He was published in the S.C. Young Lawyer magazine (Spring, 2016) for his scholarly article “Environmental Liability in Commercial Real Estate Transactions: BFPPs and VCCs.” He frequently speaks on legal topics, most recently at the Palmetto Society for Human Resource Management on “Social Media in the Workplace.”

Will attended New York Law School, where he was honored to make the Moot Court team and be appointed to the Moot Court Executive Board. While on the Board, he co-authored the law school’s moot court competition – the nation’s largest labor and employment competition. During law school, he worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor and clerked with the Honorable Devin P. Cohen at the Kings County Civil Courthouse.

As an undergraduate, Will attended the University of California, Irvine where he was a double major and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Psychology & Social Behavior. He also studied at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain in 2008.

When he is not practicing law, he can be found playing tennis around the Lowcountry, dining at one of Charleston’s great restaurants, at his partner’s design studio in Park Circle (Iola Modern), or spending time with their pug, Nola.