born Indianapolis, Indiana, July 14, 1949; admitted to bar 1974, South Carolina.
Education: Wofford College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1971); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1974). Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu.
Member, Spartanburg City Planning Commission (1985-1991); Spartanburg Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review (Chairman, 1997-2000 & 2003-2009) Spartanburg County Historical Association (President, 1990-1992).
Member: South Carolina Bar; Spartanburg County Bar; Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference; American Bar Association (Member, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Law Practice Management Section).
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General Biographical Sketch
Beginning as a law student/clerk in the summers of 1972 and 1973, then as an associate in 1974, and continuing as a partner since 1979, Don Wildman’s entire legal career has been with the Johnson Smith Firm. The Firm’s clients have afforded Don many wonderful opportunities to assist with interesting, unusual, and surprisingly sophisticated legal matters. Some of the highlights are:
- Drafting and lobbying a successful amendment to the South Carolina Constitution to limit taxes and spending (1979-1984)
- Creation of the largest Blockbuster Video franchisee in the U.S. (208 locations) through organic growth as well as acquisitions across the southeast to Louisiana and Colorado (1985-1993)
- Assisted in nationwide roll out of over 335 Extended Stay America and Studio Plus Hotels (1995-2004)
- Acquisition within only a few shorts weeks of over 150 contiguous parcels from sellers of land to the South Carolina Ports Authority to create the 1200 acre manufacturing campus of BMW North America in Spartanburg County (1992)
- Acquisition of over 40,000 acres of South Carolina timberland in 11 counties with approximately 200 parcels (2009-2010)
Managing detail-intensive and complex projects has been a challenge and a pleasure since the beginning of Don’s practice. Day-to-day, Don and his team focus on helping clients successfully evaluate, negotiate, document, and close on a broad spectrum of business and personal transactions. Although he has advised and served on boards of publicly traded companies, most of his time is spent representing clients with closely held businesses and addressing the myriad issues they face day-to-day.
South Carolina Bar – Board of Governors (2015-2019); Senior Lawyers Division Executive Council (2011- ); Real Estate Practice Section, Past President
Spartanburg County Bar (President 2013-2014)
Fourth Circuit Federal Judicial Conference (since 1986)
American Bar Association (Member, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Law Practice Management Section)
Continuing Legal Education Seminar faculty member:
- Buying and Selling Small Businesses in S.C. – 1991
- Section 1031 Exchanges – Forward, Reverse and Upside Down” SC Bar Annual Meeting – 2001
- South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants 2003 Real Estate Conference – 2003 – “Like Kind Exchanges”
- South Carolina Bar Hot Tips in Commercial Real Estate – 2005 – “Contract Drafting Issues”
- Real Estate Practice Update – 2007, Spartanburg County Bar Association
Spartanburg City Planning Commission (1985-1991)
Spartanburg County Historical Association (President, 1990-1992)
Spartanburg Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review (1997-2000 and 2003-2009)
Institutional Review Board (Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System) 2000-2009
The Music Foundation of Spartanburg (Board 2009-2013)
Born: Indianapolis, Indiana – July 14, 1949
Resident: Spartanburg, SC since 1963
Married: Alanna Ivey Wildman (since 1972), (Converse College – B.A., Vanderbilt University – M.A.)
Son: W. Reid Wildman (Davidson College, NC – 2008, UofSC Law School, Columbia– 2011)
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg (Elder)
- ECO Presbytery Judicial Councils (2013-2018)