- Managing Partner: C William McGee
- Number of partners: 27
- Number of other lawyers: 29
With a 60-year heritage, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is one of the Southeast’s leading litigation and business law firms. In 2011, GWB expanded its practice with new offices in Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. The firm’s attorneys are first and foremost trial lawyers who bring extensive litigation and trial experience to the table. GWB has considerable experience defending class actions, business disputes, mass torts, and other complex, high-stakes litigation. Among other accomplishments, GWB serves as national coordinating counsel for clients in major products liability and mass tort actions. GWB also serves as regional trial counsel for a national building materials manufacturer and as coordinating counsel on scientific issues for a manufacturer of water treatment chemicals.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights:
The firm represents banks, thrifts, and their holding companies in regulatory matters, commercial lending transactions, and problem asset workouts. GWB handles all aspects of complex banking and financial litigation, including lender liability, bankruptcy and foreclosure actions.
Business & Commercial Litigation:
GWB represents clients in arbitration and litigation involving business torts, contracts, corporate finance, securities, insurance, shareholder disputes, derivative actions, real estate and land use issues, trade secrets, and covenants not to compete within a variety of industries. Additionally, GWB has class action experience within several industries, including healthcare, commercial transportation, products liability, insurance and unfair trade practices, as well as in electronic discovery matters.
Corporate & Business Planning & Real Estate:
GWB advises clients concerning the formation and operation of businesses, and negotiates and prepares operating agreements, partnership agreements, buysell agreements, and contracts for all types of business transactions. The firm also has extensive experience representing individuals, corporations, developers, and financial institutions in franchising transactions, real estate law and finance matters including the acquisition, sale, leasing, and development of real estate.
Design & Construction:
The firm represents architectural and engineering firms, contractors, subcontractors, bonding companies and suppliers in construction litigation and arbitration, and prepares and negotiates contracts. GWB assists clients in protecting their financial interests through mechanic’s liens and bond claims, and represents financial institutions in construction-related lender liability matters.
Drug & Medial Device:
GWB represents many well known domestic and foreign manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, foods, and cosmetics.
Healthcare & Benefits:
GWB represents healthcare providers including professionals and facilities, health plans, employers, and third-party administrators as well as insurers providing life, health and accidental death coverage. The firm has handled class actions, arbitrations, contract actions, reimbursement disputes, bad faith actions, actions relating to fiduciary responsibilities and actions involving administration of employee benefit plans. Additionally, the firm handles all stages of ERISA litigation and other benefits disputes.
The firm handles all types of insurance coverage and insurance litigation, including first party claims and bad faith claims. GWB assists in the investigation of pre-suit claims involving property losses, fire and theft losses, arson and potentially fraudulent claims.
GWB has extensive experience in products liability matters, including post-accident investigation and in all aspects of litigation. Fortune 500 corporations retain the firm to defend product liability claims in federal and state courts in the Southeast.
GWB defends malpractice actions on behalf of physicians, hospitals, accountants, attorneys, and numerous other professionals. Additionally, the firm has substantial experience representing long term care providers, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice and continuing care retirement.
Toxic & Mass Torts:
The firm has extensive experience in handling toxic and mass tort cases involving exposure to substances such as benzene, silica, heavy metals, asbestos, PCBs, lead, latex, mold, chlorine, Chinese drywall, and many others.
Transportation Law & Litigation:
GWB has represented national railroads for more than four decades and has extensive experience defending crossing accidents, FELA claims, real estate and contract disputes, occupational claims and toxic tort claims. The firm also handles trucking accident investigations, emergency response to accident scenes, transportation contract issues and cargo and freight claims.
GWB defends employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in employment and workers’ compensation matters.
Clients: Representative clients include: Amsted Industries; Baxter Healthcare Corporation; Bayer Corporation; Beretta USA; Biomet, Inc.; Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina; Building Materials Corporation of America d/b/a GAF; Canal Insurance Company; Chartis; City of Greenville; CSX Transportation, Inc; DirecTV, Inc; Edens and Avant; Emeritus Corporation; First Citizens Bank; General Electric; Greenville Airport Commission; Home Depot; Laurel Baye Healthcare; Michelin North America, Inc.; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual; Nationstar Mortgage; Norfolk Southern Corporation; Nutricia USA, Inc; Palmetto Bank; Prime, Inc.; Schneider Electric; South Carolina Bank & Trust; SunTrust Bank; Swift Transportation; Target; Teva Pharmaceuticals; Textron; TLC Vision Corp.; UBS; Zurich North America.