Jo Anne Wessigner
  • Office: 1900 Barnwell St. 
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 
  • Columbia, SC 29202
  • C. Jo Anne Wessinger Hill 

  • Shareholder 
  • Columbia Office
Practice Areas
  • Administrative and Regulatory Law 
  • Elections Law 
  • Insurance Defense 
  • Legislative and Governmental Relations 
  • Appellate Practice 
  • Plaintiff and Defense General Litigation 
  • Consumer Law 
  • Unfair Trade Practices 
  • Statutory Compliance 
  • Workers' Compensation
Education
  • University of South Carolina (B.S., cum laude, business administration) 
  • University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law (J.D.)
Bar Admissions
  • 1991, South Carolina 
  • 1998, United States Supreme Court 
  • 1999, United States District Court, District of South Carolina 
  • 1999, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

C. Jo Anne Wessinger Hill is a shareholder in the Columbia office. Her practice focuses on Administrative and Regulatory Law. During her public service with the South Carolina House of Representatives, Mrs. Wessinger Hill worked on major legislative issues, which reformed the automobile insurance system, workers' compensation system, small group employers health insurance laws, telecommunications laws, consumer finance laws and many other matters.

Her experience within state government includes:

  • Member, S.C. Governor David M. Beasley's Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Staff Member, Legislative Committee to Review the Consumer Finance Industry 
  • Member, Ad Hoc Plan of Operation Editorial Board for SC Associated Auto Insurers Plan 
  • Appointed Staff Attorney for the South Carolina House of Representatives Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee by Speaker Robert J. Sheheen and then Committee Chairman State Representative (now State Senator) Thomas C. Alexander 
  • Appointed Assistant Legal Counsel to Governor Carroll A. Campbell and Deputy Division Director for the Division of Ombudsmen and Citizen Services 
  • Following her service with the Executive Branch of State Government in the Office of the Governor, she was appointed by Speaker David H. Wilkins and then Committee Chairman (now Speaker Pro Tempore) Harry F. Cato to serve as Legal Counsel and Director of Research for the S.C. House of Representatives Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee; thus, making her the first woman attorney to serve in this senior position in the history of the Committee 

Mrs. Wessinger Hill’s experience in administrative and regulatory law includes:

  • Successfully representing business and trade groups as a registered lobbyist before the South Carolina General Assembly in the areas of consumer banking and finance, health insurance, health care, property and casualty insurance, public schools and actively defending more than fifty automotive businesses in complex case litigation before the state courts against plaintiff group representative claims related to statutory compliance and the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Act
  • Appeared on behalf of business clients in matters before the South Carolina Public Service Commission, South Carolina Department of Insurance, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, and the State Board of Financial Institutions 
  • Successfully represented a county-wide political candidate before state circuit court and South Carolina Election Commission to overturn a county-wide general election and obtained a new general election that client ultimately won in the new election 
  • Co-counsel in successfully obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctions for a group of ambulatory surgery centers against the implementation of a new payment manual by a state agency 
  • Successfully represented individual property owners before the county’s local zoning board of appeals to obtain finding that the ordinance was improper 
  • Co-counsel in successfully defending corporation in State Court by defeating class certification of plaintiff claims 
  • Co-counsel in successfully defending members of the South Carolina Senate, South Carolina House of Representatives, and County Elections Commissions against election challenges and protests filed by challengers before local county boards of canvassers, the 
  • State Board of Canvassers, and state courts by upholding primary and general election results 
  • Served as co-counsel for a major telecommunications company during a national restructuring effort and obtained the first approval by a state regulatory authority in the United States 
  • Successfully negotiated agreements with the United States Department of Education in the interest of an institution of higher learning

Certifications

  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the S.C. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court

Publications/Writings 

  • Wrote brief and successfully argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court in Wigfall vs. Tideland Utilities, 354 S.C. 100, 580 S.E.2d 100 (2003), when defending employer against appeal by the claimant seeking to modify existing law and precedent so as to allow for an award of permanent and total disability based upon a single member injury in the workers' compensation system

Pro Bono/Community Involvement 

  • Member, USC Semester Program Internship Candidate Review Board 
  • Board Member, We Care Center in Chapin, SC
Other Professional
  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
Awards, Honors, Accolades
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  • Rated BV Distinguished® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell American