Q&A with John B. White Jr.
Question: Why did you become an attorney?
Answer: After college I spent some time in the Army where I was assigned to do low level summary hearings. I immediately liked the questions and the inquiry as it applied to the rules of military conduct. After getting out of the Army I decided that a law degree would be something that would be beneficial for me whether I actually practiced or not. Turns out I was right, and I’ve been practicing for over 40 years.
Question: What do you like most about the law?
Answer: If working properly, the law is the most objective process to arrive at a solution that allows justice and equity to be done no matter your race, color, creed or social standing.
Question: What are your favorite things about your job?
Every day presents a different and unique challenge. Nothing is better than obtaining a favorable and just result for your client.
Of all the firms in the Carolinas, why should someone come to HWS&C?
We are focused on a personal, hands-on approach to our clients’ problems. We care about the people we represent. Throughout my professional career I have gained wisdom and the experience and possess the passion and the necessary tools to achieve my client’s objectives within ethical boundaries.
I have been told that my reputation of being a “hard driver” is sometimes off-putting, but I think that the people I represent would say that they become very comfortable with me. I deal with personal and long-lasting issues that have the potential to impact my clients’ lives in many ways. I take my job and my responsibility to my clients very seriously.
John White’s legal career spans 40 years and has resulted in hundreds of jury trials with numerous verdicts and successful settlements, including a $327-million jury verdict against Ortho-McNeil- Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2011. John was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster as Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank. John has been named a Best Lawyer in America since 2007 and a South Carolina Super Lawyer for the past 10 years, and serves on the state’s chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice, as well as in leadership positions on numerous boards and legal associations. Learn more about John here.