Managing Shareholder John B. White Jr.’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. He 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.
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.
“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. 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 do because people know we are committed to them.”
Why did you become an attorney?
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 leaving 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.
What do you like most about the law?
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.
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 Harrison White?
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.
South Carolina, 1976
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2010
Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1972 – B.S.
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1976 – J.D.
American Bar Association, 1976 – Present – Member
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, 1983 – 1987 – Board of Trustees
Spartanburg Day School, 1984 – 2010 – Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Conservation Education and Communication’s Advisory Board to Wildlife Commission, 1986 – 1994 -Member
South Carolina Wildlife Conservation Education – Communications Advisory Board, 1986 – 1994
South Carolina Bar, 1989 – 1990 – Member, Practice and Procedure Committee
American Red Cross, 1989 – 1990 – Board of Directors
Federal Judicial Foundation, 2000 – present- Board Member
Wofford College Board of Trustees, 2003 – 2012
American Board of Trial Advocates, 2011 – Present – SC Chapter
South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank, 2017 – Present Chairman of the Board
American Association for Justice
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Spartanburg County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense
Federal Bar Association
National Trial Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell – AV® Rated
The National College for DUI Defense
Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2017
Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2017
Areas of Practice
Complex Litigation in State and Federal Court – Criminal and Civil
Personal Injury Law