Complex Litigation Attorney John B. White Jr.

John B. White Jr. has developed a diverse litigation practice, ranging from personal injury, criminal, and domestic cases to complex business matters in both State and Federal Court.

Over the course of a legal career that spans 35 years, he has tried hundreds of jury trials and has won numerous verdicts and settlements of at least six figures or more.

After receiving a B.S. degree in biology at Wofford College in 1972, White served in the U.S. Army before entering the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. He received his law degree in 1975.

White developed his practice over the years and in 2000 he and four other lawyers formed the firm of Harrison, White, Smith, Hayes & Coggins, P.C. An original name partner, J. Mark Hayes, left the firm in 2003 when he was elected as a Circuit Court judge in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Among White’s career highlights is a $327-million jury verdict against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2011. He and partner Donald C. Coggins tried that case in the Spartanburg Court of Common Pleas, arguing that the defendant had violated the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act by engaging in unfair or deceptive acts in the marketing of Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic drug.

He also handled cases involving similar claims and similar drugs that resulted in settlements with Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca for $45 million and $26 million, respectively.

While headline-generating cases like these victories against major pharmaceutical companies are rewarding, White considers the smaller matters that are part of his daily practice to be just as fulfilling.

“With our firm, no case is too big and no case is too small,” he says. “We have a broad cross section of people whom we represent.” “Our loyalty is first to our community and clients who live and work in Spartanburg County.”

The Managing Shareholder of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., White says that he and the firm have always believed strongly in community involvement. His own work in the community includes membership on the board of trustees at Wofford College.

“I think being involved in the community is important,” he says. “It parallels the mission of our firm, which is to go the extra mile and to try to do a good job for our clients. I think we enjoy the success that we enjoy because people know we are committed to them.”