William Banks Long Jr.
William B. Long, Jr. is a practicing Trial Attorney who engages in the General Practice of Law, with emphasis in Criminal Defense (State and Federal) and Contested Family Court matters (Divorce; Child Custody and Visitation; Property and Debt Division; Alimony and Support, etc.). He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV Preeminent based upon polling of his legal peers. He is generally known and prefers to be addressed by his life-long nickname, “Billy Long”.
Billy grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and was educated through the tenth grade in the Greenville County public schools. Thereafter, he attended Sewanee Military Academy, then a division of the “University of the South”, where he graduated as Class Valedictorian.
Billy next attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as well as serving as Co-editor of the College’s Literary Magazine. He also wrote two plays which were performed on the campus stage and is credited with having founded the Davidson College chapter of “Who’s Nothing in American Colleges and Universities”.
Thereafter, Billy attended Law School at the University of South Carolina where he was selected as an editor of the South Carolina Law Review, as well as being elected President of the Law School Student Body and Chairman of its Honor Council.
Memberships during his educational career included: Cum Laude Society; Sigma Upsilon (National Literary Society); Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Society); and Phi Delta Phi (National Legal Society).
Billy Long’s Military career began with ROTC training at Sewanee Military Academy and then Davidson College. He was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in U.S. Army Field Artillery. He completed the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, the Officer’s Career Course for Judge Advocate General (Army Lawyer), and the Civil Affairs Officer’s Career Course (Military Government). Thereafter, Billy graduated from the U.S. Army’s “Command and General Staff College” at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After his initial duty tour, Billy remained active in the Army Reserves and rose to the rank of Colonel (O-6). His last Active Reserve assignment was as Commander of the “12th Military Law Center”, which served as Headquarters for Army Reserve lawyers from North and South Carolina.
Billy continues his learning experience and recently graduated from EFM (Education for Ministry), an intense five year, off-campus course in Christian theology and life-purpose from Sewanee’s School of Theology.
Billy Long began his legal career as an employee of the Haynsworth Law Firm during Law School, and after graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law, as an Associate Attorney. He remained with that firm for approximately three years before accepting a position as an assistant United States Attorney for South Carolina. Billy worked in that office for three years as a criminal prosecutor before returning to the private sector and establishing his own Law practice.
Billy believes that the varied legal experience gained by his having worked for a large commercial law firm, followed by an intense period of work as a Federal Prosecutor, was extremely valuable training. This experience proved transferrable to his current preferred areas of practice, inasmuch as both Criminal Defense and Family Court litigation often require knowledge and insight into property law and business practices, as well as government procedures, including prosecutorial methods and tactics.
Billy is currently a member of the following: Rotary Club of Greenville; Cotillion Club; St. Andrew’s Society;
Torch Club International; Greenville County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association; Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, South Carolina.
His interest include: Basketball (spectator); Tennis (participant and spectator); Hunting; Fishing; Attending and supporting community musical performances (with emphasis upon Classical (including Opera) and Appalachian music); as well as attending and supporting various Theatrical performances.
Billy considers the Practice of Law to be a Service Profession and a High Calling. He strives to be a passionate advocate in protecting the rights and achieving Justice for his clients.
Billy Long welcomes the opportunity to meet you and discuss your situation. Your best interests will always be his only goal.