Managing Partner: C. William McGee
Number of partners: 38
Number of other lawyers: 25
Gallivan White Boyd (GWB) is a leading litigation law firm in the Southeast. Founded more than seventy years ago in Greenville, South Carolina, the firm’s attorneys serve clients its four offices. The firm frequently represents corporations, businesses, and individual clients in complex business and commercial disputes, insurance matters, arbitration, and litigation. GWB is a long-standing respected member of the community and legal profession with a proud history of leadership. GWB’s 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, Transportation Lawyers Association, Insuralex, South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, Greenville County Bar Association, and Richland County Bar Association.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights:
GWB represents banks, credit unions, financial institutions and their holding companies in regulatory matters, problem asset workouts, and lender liability issues.
Business & Commercial Litigation:
GWB represents clients involving business torts, contracts, corporate finance, securities, insurance, intellectual property, shareholder disputes, derivative actions, sales transactions, real estate and land use issues, trade secrets, electronic discovery, and covenants not to compete within a variety of industries. GWB takes into account its clients’ business decisions when determining strategy for their cases.
Design & Construction:
GWB’s design and construction lawyers are rooted in building trades. GWB also has significant experience in the installation of roofing systems, waterproofing, interior finish systems, acoustical ceilings, light gauge metal framing systems as well as the installation of a wide array of exterior claddings on commercial structures. GWB offers a broad array of legal services to developers and owners of commercial and industrial properties, general and trade contractors, and design professionals.
Drug & Medical Device:
GWB represents many well-known domestic and foreign manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, foods, and cosmetics. In representing these clients, GWB has handled multi-district litigation, class actions, personal injury lawsuits involving drugs and medical devices.
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.
GWB has extensive experience handling a variety of matters, including bad-faith claims and both first- and third-party claims. GWB handles coverage for many types of insurance, including excess and umbrella policies. The firm also assists in the investigation and handling of pre-suit claims involving property losses, fire and theft losses, arson and potentially fraudulent claims.
GWB represents clients in intellectual property litigation concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology-related matters. GWB’s lawyers work closely with corporate and employment lawyers on overlapping issues, including business issues that involve IP assets and ownership, use, and protection of IP assets in the employment context.
GWB has extensive experience in representing clients involved with the design, manufacture, sale, or distribution of a wide range of products including emergency response and post-accident investigation situations.
GWB’s lawyers are professionals’ professionals. GWB defends malpractice actions, grievance/compliance issues and other matters before respective licensing boards on behalf of physicians, hospitals, accountants, attorneys, and other types of licensed professionals. Additionally, GWB has substantial experience representing long-term care providers.
Tort & Personal Injury:
GWB defends insurers, self-insured corporations and third-party risk managers in both state and federal courts.
Toxic & Mass Torts:
GWB handles 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, regularly defending grade crossing accidents, derailments, catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, toxic inhalation injuries, wrongful death, FELA occupational injuries, mass tort/class actions, trespasser injuries, eminent domain and condemnation issues, risk management and regulatory compliance, preemption issues, leases, track agreements, other contractual issues, catastrophic property damage claims, environmental matters, NTSB investigations, and proprietary video and data recorder issues. GWB also handles trucking issues, including emergency response and accident investigation, transportation contract issues, and cargo and freight claims.
GWB defends employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in employment and workers’ compensation matters.
AIG, Inc.; Airgas, Inc.; Ameritech International, Inc.; Amsted Industries; Armstrong Transport Group, Inc.; Baxter Healthcare Corporation; Bayer Corporation; Beretta USA; Biomet, Inc.; BITCO Insurance Companies; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina; Blue Max Trucking, Inc.; Bolt Express, LLC; Boeing SC; Brookdale Senior Living; Brown Integrated Logistics, Inc.; Building Materials Corporation of America d/b/a GAF; Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation; CFI, Inc.; Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.; CRST International, Inc.; CSX Transportation, Inc; DirecTV, Inc; Edens and Avant; EMC Insurance Companies; EPES Transport, LLC; First Citizens Bank; Flowserve Corporation; Guardian Building Products; General Electric; Greenville Airport Commission; Grow Financial Federal Credit Union; Michelin North America, Inc.; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual; Nationstar Mortgage; NFI California Cartage Company; Norfolk Southern Corporation; Nutricia USA, Inc; Pike Enterprises, Inc.; Phillips 66; Prime, Inc.; Schneider Electric; Shell Oil Company; Southeastern Freight Lines; South State Bank; Southwire Company, LLC; SunTrust Bank; Swift Transportation; Teva Pharmaceuticals; Textron Inc.; UBS; Univar USA; XPO Logistics; Zurich North America.