Bill Thrower is a Charleston native, born and raised. After his 1984 graduation from Spartanburg’s Wofford College, Bill began an immediate upward career trajectory: He became the youngest Federal Agent ever hired by the United States government.
During his assignment with the Norfolk Narcotics Task Force he participated in numerous undercover operations, including raids and stings on several notorious motorcycle gangs. Those years in the trenches of Federal Law Enforcement not only gave Bill a unique look into the criminal justice system; they inspired him to begin his legal career as a Public Defender. He attended Thomas Cooley law school in Michigan before returning to his Lowcountry roots. He was sworn into the South Carolina bar in 1991, and after three successful years with the South Carolina Public Defender’s Office, Bill entered private practice. He practiced with several (prominent) local firms before founding Thrower and Schwartz in 2013.
Bill’s extensive experience in private practice includes a wide spectrum of criminal and civil matters. He has successfully defended individuals against serious criminal charges in both State and Federal Court, resulting in not only the sought after not guilty verdicts, but often favorable resolutions. Bill has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in personal injury matters, contract disputes and civil rights violations. Few lawyers can claim the depth and variety of Bill’s experience. From Federal Agent to Public Defender to seasoned private trial lawyer, Bill has lived and worked in every facet of the legal system.
Bill, his wife Cindie, and their two children William and Mary Beth, take full advantage of life in the Lowcountry. Bill enjoys playing golf, cheering on the Wofford Terriers and tinkering with performance cars. The Thrower family is active in the close-knit community on Daniel Island, and Bill carries that people-centered approach to his work.
Accessibility is a top priority. Bill adamantly believes that a client should deal directly with his or her lawyer. He’s confident that the boutique environment of Thrower and Schwartz will facilitate this approach in ways not possible at larger law firms.