All Six Partners of KD Trial Lawyers Recognized in South Carolina 2022 Legal Elite


The Partners of KD Trial Lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the “2022 Legal Elite” for South Carolina. Legal Elite is a regional awards program where attorneys are nominated and chosen by votes of other attorneys. The nominated attorneys are recognized as well respected attorneys in their practice areas. The selected attorney list is featured in the August issue of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine.

We are pleased to announce that all six KD Trial Lawyers partners were selected in their respective practice areas.

Congratulations to our six Partners: Wes Kissinger, Tom Killoren, Jr., Jeremy Dantin, Allison Dunham, Steve Denton, and Ryan McCarty.

The KD Trial Lawyers Partners named among the “Legal Elite” list and their respective categories are:


Wes A. Kissinger

Practice Areas: Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice

Managing Partner of KD Trial Lawyers, Wes Kissinger’s practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from vehicle collisions, as well as medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect. With nearly twenty-five years of trial experience, Wes is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Wes began his career with an insurance defense practice, representing individual and corporate defendants. Since 2003 he has almost exclusively represented individuals and families that have suffered unexpected injury or loss. An avid motorcyclist and hunter, Wes lives in Greer with his wife of twenty-six years and five children. He serves on the board of the Greer Christian Leaning Center, which provides release time bible education to students of Greer Middle, Greer High, Blue Ridge Middle, and Blue Ridge High. He practices in state and federal court throughout South Carolina, primarily in the upstate.


Tom A. Killoren, Jr.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Partner at KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg. Tom Killoren has a reputation for aggressive advocacy in court and compassionate counsel for his clients. Tom has received a variety
of accolades and appointments. He is active in several bar organizations and is the Vice President of the South Carolina Association for Justice. Tor’s focused practice areas include personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from car, motorcycle and truck collisions, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice.

“What I like best about my practice are the people I work with,” he says. “I especially like working with clients, helping them build a case, getting a great result, and enjoying with
them the fruits of our labor.”


Jeremy A. Dantin

Practice Areas: Workers’ Compensation

Partner at KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg, Jeremy Dantin has handled workers’ compensation cases at all levels all over the State of South Carolina. Jeremy is a member of the Injured Workers Advocates, the premier association for claimant’s attorneys dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of workers in workers’ compensation cases, where he formerly served on the Executive Committee and currently serves on the Legislative Committee. Jeremy speaks at seminars on issues regarding workers’ compensation and has received other professional accolades related to his workers compensation practice. He also handles appellate matters, arguing cases before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina, and has experience as both a defense and a plaintiffs attorney handling nursing home litigation and other liability matters.


Allison P. Dunham

Practice Areas: Family Law

Partner at KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg, Allison Dunham has been handling family court cases for over 20 years. As the current chairman of the South Carolina Family Law Section Council, Allison has developed a keen understanding of what it takes to not only be effective in family court, but to make her clients’ lives tolerable as they go through the legal
process, Allison describes her practice as one that encompasses almost the full range of family law: divorce, custody and custody modification, child support and child support modification, and division of assets. In addition, she handles DSS actions in Family Court.


Stephen L. Denton

Practice Areas: Criminal Law

Partner at KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg, Steve Denton was formerly a narcotics and vice squad officer in the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department. He worked his
way into homicide investigations before he retired from law enforcement. He retired from law enforcement as a captain over the investigations division, supervising well over 100 detectives. He has maintained very important law enforcement contacts throughout the state based on his experience. At the age of 43, he went to law school, ventured over to the other side of the courtroom, and now represents defendants. Through his law enforcement career, he knows first-hand people need defending. “Just because you are charged with a crime doesn’t mean you are guilty,” he says.


Ryan F. McCarty

Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, Energy & Utilities, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Personal Injury

Partner at KD Trial Lawyers in Spartanburg, Ryan McCarty focuses on personal injury, eminent domain, and probate related cases. Ryan represents individuals in personal injury claims resulting from automobile, motorcycle, and truck wrecks, as well as premises liability and other types of injuries caused by the negligence of others. Ryan routinely handles real estate and property litigation cases, including eminent domain and condemnation, land use and zoning issues. He has represented Landowners and condemning authorities in eminent domain cases, handled complex motions practices, mediation, and dispute resolutions, and has tried cases to verdict before both judges and juries. Ryan also has litigated cases involving easements, access rights, and damages caused to property by acquisitions in eminent domain.

The team of lawyers at KD Trial Lawyers takes pride in helping people with their legal needs. Our size and depth of experience enables us to help clients with a wide variety of concerns that span multiple fields of law in both state and federal court. We help Upstate residents with claims that include:

Personal Injury

Workplace Injury

Criminal Defense

Divorce and Custody

Auto, Motorcycle and Truck Accident

Nursing Home Negligence

Medical Malpractice

Probate Law

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