About Gallivan White Boyd

Gallivan White Boyd (GWB) is one of the Southeast's leading law firms for business and litigation

Founded more than 60 years ago in Greenville, South Carolina, the firm’s attorneys serve clients from four offices: Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm frequently represents corporations, businesses, and individual clients in complex business and commercial disputes, insurance matters, arbitration, and litigation. Several core areas of competency for the firm include:

Business and commercial litigation

Class actions

Commercial transportation litigation

Construction litigation

Corporate planning and commercial transactions

Health care litigation

Insurance and reinsurance

Intellectual property

Products liability

Professional negligence litigation

Tort and personal injury defense

Toxic and mass torts

Workers’ compensation defense

Long-Standing, Respected Firm

GWB is a long-standing respected member of the community and legal profession in North Carolina and South Carolina with a proud history of leadership. Many of the firm’s attorneys hold leadership positions in distinguished professional and civic organizations. For example, firm attorneys have served or will serve as President of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel, South Carolina, Bar, South Carolina, Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, and Greenville County Bar.

GWB has been recognized by some of the legal profession’s most esteemed organizations. The firm continues to be ranked by Chambers USA as a Leading Law Firm for Business. In its 2015 edition of Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers notes that GWB “continues to earn praise for its strong litigation practice.” The firm has also been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report edition of “Best Law Firms” and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated firm. In 2013, GWB was honored to receive the Defense Research Institute’s Law Firm Diversity Award.

As Mills Gallivan explains, “The essence of leadership is the ability to influence others toward a common goal. A leader’s greatest asset is his or her integrity which is the foundation for credibility. There can be no influence without credibility. At GWB, we stress integrity in all that we do in the office, in the community and for our clients.”

Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Facilities

Professional Negligence Team members have substantial experience advising and representing long-term care providers in matters related to minimizing liability and avoiding professional malpractice actions.

Automobiles, Other Vehicles, and Parts

GWB attorneys have represented automotive based parts suppliers and automotive manufacturers in complex litigation and product liability matters.

Banking and Financial Services

The Banking, Bankruptcy, and Creditors’ Rights Team represents banks and their holding companies in a variety of matters, including transactions and financial litigation matters. The Business and Commercial Litigation Team also represents banks and financial institutions in a myriad of business and financial transactions.

Chemicals and Toxic Substances

The firm has represented clients in personal injury matters arising from acute or long-term exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos, silica, mold, benzene, heavy metals, PCB’s, chlorine, carbon monoxide, tobacco, L-tryptophan, baghouse dust, blood factor, PVC monomer, solvents, degreasers and various chemicals.

Commercial Real Estate and Economic Incentives

The Corporate and Commercial Transactions and Real Estate Team has extensive experience representing individuals, small businesses, local governments, corporate entities, developers, and financial institutions in real estate law, economic incentives and finance matters.

Commercial Transportation: Railroad

The Railroad Team at GWB has broad experience in railroad law litigation matters and represents Class 1 railroads and short lines in catastrophic accident emergency response as well as all stages of the litigation process, from liability prevention to appeals.

Commercial Transportation: Trucking

The Trucking Team members have extensive experience representing major motor carriers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Northern Georgia as well as acting as counsel for commercial transportation organizations. Attorneys handle catastrophic personal injury cases including emergency response to the scene, commercial disputes, cargo damage claims involving application of the Carmack Amendment, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and international treaties, review of transportation documents, including contracts of carriage, brokerage and freight forwarding agreements, bills of lading, FMC service contracts, and other transportation related documents and papers, handling of freight charge disputes and collections and insurance and indemnification issues. GWB’s workers’ compensation team also handles workers’ compensation law matters for the commercial motor carrier industry as well.


The firm has represented telecommunications, cable, satellite, and other communications organizations in diverse types of matters.


Design and Construction Team members provide experienced legal representation to developers, owners of commercial and industrial properties, general and trade contractors, design professionals, and building material suppliers in a variety of matters, including construction litigation, construction defects, and arbitrations.

Emerging Technologies

The Intellectual Property Team represents clients in emerging industries in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters, including patent law litigation, trademark disputes, and copyright disputes.

Government and Government Agencies

The Governmental Liability Team advises and represents state, county, and municipal governmental agencies and their employees, as well as private firms, self-insureds, insurance professionals, and individuals in litigation involving complex government liability and civil rights litigation.

Health Care

The Healthcare and Benefits Team provides legal representation to health care professionals, facilities, and other providers, in a variety of health care litigation matters, including ERISA and class actions. The firm also represents health care professionals and facilities in professional negligence matters.


The firm defends golf courses, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and other service oriented operations in matters concerning workers’ compensation and torts and personal injury.

Human Resources & Employment

The Workplace Practices Group represents employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured organizations in a variety of workers’ compensation and employment law matters. This representation also includes assisting clients in identify ways to reduce their exposure to workers’ compensation claims.


The Insurance Coverage Team has extensive experience handling a variety of insurance issues, including personal, commercial, excess, and umbrella policies. The team’s focus includes all aspects of insurance defense and insurance law including both first and third party claims. The team travels to London regularly to meet and advise Lloyd’s of London clients.

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Team focuses its practice on litigation and assisting clients in enforcing their patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights and defending clients subjected to patent litigation, trademark litigation, and copyright litigation claims.


The Product Liability Team provides legal representation in all aspects of the litigation process. The firm’s product liability law attorneys have experience defending claims involving a wide variety of products. The firm’s Workers’ Compensation and Toxic and Mass Tort teams also regularly represent manufacturers.

Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

The Toxic and Mass Torts Team and the Drug and Medical Device Team represent pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, equipment installers, and clients in related industries in all manner of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

Professional Services

The Professional Negligence Team has extensive experience handling malpractice actions and investigations conducted by the South Carolina Department of Labor and licensing and regulatory boards on behalf of medical, legal, and business professionals.


GWB often handles matters for clients who sell consumer goods or products. These matters often include issues related to workers’ compensationtorts and personal injuryproduct liability, and commercial transactions.

Software and Information Technology

The Intellectual Property Team assists clients in all manner of disputes concerning various intellectual property rights. The team can provide legal representation to protect these rights as they relate to computer software and the internet.


The firm provides experienced legal representation to water, gas, electric and other utilities in a myriad of legal issues that often include complex commercial litigationworkers’ compensation, and torts and personal injury.

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