John T. Lay , Jr. - Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

John T. Lay , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 803-724-1800

John  T. Lay has over 20 years of experience  managing complex, high-stakes litigation for clients, and has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. As a member of GWB's Business and Commercial Practice Group, he focuses on business litigation, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith and coverage, financial services litigation, and product liability. Some of his most notable cases have included:

  • Multi-million dollar class action suits
  • Death and catastrophic injury product claims including  pharmaceutical  products
  • Allegations involving professional negligence of doctors and lawyers
  • High-profile business disputes between corporate interests
  • Representation of lenders in multi-party financial fraud claims
  • Insurance institutional bad faith litigation

John T. has extensive experience managing product liability litigation throughout the country. He is National Coordinating Counsel for a boat manufacturer. He has litigated business cases throughout the Southeast, and has also represented internet companies in business tort claims and in the enforcement of browse-wrap agreements.

John T. has been recognized extensively by peers in the legal profession. In 2013, he is ranked in Chambers USA in the field of Litigation: General Commercial.  John T. is AV Rated in Martindale Hubbell, and listed in Best Lawyers in America in three categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Product  Liability Litigation. He is also listed in South  Carolina Super Lawyers. Additionally, John T. is a fellow and member of the Order of Justitia of the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2009, he received the Exceptional Performance Citation  from the Defense Research Institute (DRI). The next year, he received the organization's annual  Fred H. Sievert Award, nationally recognizing an outstanding defense bar leader. In 2010 and 2013, John T. was also awarded the "Leadership in the Law" Award by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, and has been recognized by Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite" issue.

As an experienced attorney, John T. lends his knowledge to a variety of professional organizations. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Defense Counsel and was the chair of IADC's Business Litigation Committee. John T. is also a past president of South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, and a member of the highly-selective Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Selected by the South Carolina Supreme Court, John T. has served as an attorney to assist disciplinary counsel for the South Carolina Commission  on Lawyer Conduct. He is also on the Board of Directors and treasurer of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

John T. also has an interest in cultivating legal talent and has developed a broad background in teaching trial techniques. He has taught trial advocacy at the University of South Carolina School of Law and led the South Carolina  Defense Trial Attorneys' Trial Academy for three years. In 2009, John T. was a faculty member for International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy at Stanford University.

As a Columbia, South Carolina resident, John T. is active in the community serving on the boards of several Midlands organizations, including  Senior Resources, Inc. and Meals on Wheels.  Currently, he is also the elementary school wrestling coach and a director of the Skyhawk Board at Hammond School.

Davidson CollegeBA 1987University of South CarolinaJ.D. 1991
South Carolina BarRichland County BarDefense Research InstituteInternational Association of Defense CounselSouth Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association American Bar AssociationAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociation of Defense Trial Attorneys

Office Location

South Trust Tower, Suite 1200
1201 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Columbia-SC Metro Area
John T. Lay, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants