Kirsten Small is a Shareholder in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina office. A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Kirsten came to the field of privacy law through her work as a litigator and appellate lawyer, a background that gives her a unique insight on how a company’s policies and actions before a data breach can help mitigate—or avoid—liability if a breach occurs. Kirsten takes a proactive approach to information management, working with businesses of all sizes to develop tailored, cost-effective solutions for managing information and meeting data privacy challenges.

Kirsten also maintains an active litigation practice, focusing on appeals and complex federal matters, including antitrust and False Claims Act cases. Her work at the trial and appellate levels has involved her in cases at the leading edge of computer fraud litigation, theft of proprietary information by employees, and the use of social media evidence in civil proceedings and criminal trials.

Before joining the firm in 2007, Kirsten began her legal career serving as senior law clerk to the Honorable William W. “Billy” Wilkins, whom she is now proud to call “partner,” as well as “Judge.”

Community & Professional

  • South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Ethics Advisory Committee
    • Chair-Elect, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section
    • Lawyers Fund for Client Protection Committee
  • Leadership South Carolina, 2012-2013
  • Defense Research Institute,DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Electronic Privacy Working Group
    • Committee Liaison, Women in Law Committee
    • Appellate Advocacy Committee
      • Fourth Circuit editor for Certworthy Newsletter
    • Steering Committee Member, "Sharing Success, A Seminar for Women Lawyers"
  • Board of Directors, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, 2015-2018
  • Appointed to serve on the CJA Appellate Panel Committee of the Fourth Circuit


United States v. Pinson, ___ F.3d ___ (4th Cir. June 19, 2017)

Patel v. Patel, 2016 WL 3093120 (S.C. Ct. App. June 1, 2016)

Cunningham v. Anderson County, SC, 778 S.E.2d 884 (S.C. 2015)

United States v. 515 Granby, LLC, 736 F.3d 309 (4th Cir. 2013)

Melton ex rel. Dutton v. Carolina Power & Light Co., 283 F.R.D. 280 (D.S.C. 2012)

WEC Carolina Energy Solutions v. Miller, 687 F.3d 199 (4th Cir. 2012)

Trademark Properties, Inc. v. A&E Television Networks, 422 F. Appx. 199 (4th Cir. 2011)

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 89 v. Prince George’s County, Md., 608 F.3d 183 (4th Cir. 2010)


  • Recognized by TALK Greenville Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2023
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Upstate, 2017-2019, 2022-2023
  • Selected, Riley Institute at Furman's Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), Fall 2017



  • State Bar: South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland (Inactive) 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Greenville County Bar
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