It is not unusual for someone to ask me; “Why did you become a lawyer and would you do it again?” I became a lawyer to help solve serious legal problems that people and businesses have been unable to resolve on their own. Over the past 42 years I have applied my knowledge, skill, energy and passion to providing clients with creative legal solutions.

Among other things law school taught me to solve legal problems by using the left or analytical side of my brain to gather and organize facts, apply the law, follow precedent and the legal process in pursuit of solutions. I have learned during my career that what I really love about legal problem solving is using the right or creative side of my brain to design a unique, elegant and strategic solution to a problem. The most satisfying days for me are when I can offer a creative and previously unthought-of solution to a problem.

I have also learned over my career that my clients deserve an aggressive advocate, who will push for a speedy and efficient resolution of their disputes through negotiation when possible and trial when necessary. The creative resolution of legal issues requires an intentional and strategic plan along with the implementation of properly timed tactics. I believe that this begins with a plan for the strategic resolution of the issue at hand.

My current Alternative Dispute Resolution practice allows me to maximize over four decades of negotiation, litigation and trial experiences into the focused pursuit of elegant and creative legal solutions. I provide negotiation counselling, mediation, arbitration and Special Referee services to parties seeking timely and efficient resolution of their problems.

My background and experiences as a litigator and trial attorney have given me a broad based knowledge of the law. I also have extensive knowledge of the South Carolina Court System and the personalities of many members of the South Carolina Bar. This perspective often gives me the opportunity to highlight for parties the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and to guide them to a more thorough cost/benefit analysis and the relative merits of resolving high stakes litigation prior to trial.

I believe that the law is a calling and a true profession. I have been extraordinarily blessed in my career and feel a profound duty to give back to the legal profession. I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to improving the profession and mentoring young lawyers. My passion for the law and helping younger lawyers has led me to a number of leadership roles in legal organizations and work that advances the rule of law and preserves the civil justice system. My proudest career accomplishments have been receiving the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association Robert W. Hemphill Award in 2019 and the University of South Carolina Law School Platinum Lawyer Award in 2018.

Would I be a lawyer again? Absolutely, it has been a wonderful privilege and an honor to practice law and I would recommend to anyone who is intellectually curious and who seeks to serve a society in a unique profession which resolves society’s problems with the rule of law.

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Current News

H. Mills Gallivan Named President-Elect of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

GWB shareholder H. Mills Gallivan has been named President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) with his term as President-Elect ending in July of 2016.

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H. Mills Gallivan Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

GWB senior shareholder H. Mills Gallivan has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is an international organization composed of leaders in the legal community.

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Certifications / Specialities

  • Certified Arbitrator
  • Certified Mediator

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Dispute Resolution Council
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    –  President, 2016-2017
    –  President-Elect, 2015-2016
    –  Treasurer/Secretary, 2014-2015
    –  Senior Director, 2013-2014
  • Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court, Past President
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
    • Past President
    • Chairman of the Board
  • Past President, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association

Honors and Awards

  • Compleat Lawyer, Platinum 2018, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Legal Elite – Workers’ Compensation, Greenville Business Magazine, 2015 – 2016
  • 2013 Finalist for Leaders in Law, South Carolina Weekly Magazine
  • 2013 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Greenville
  • Best Lawyers in America
    –  Arbitration, 2013 to Present
    –  Mediation, 2013 to Present
    –  Workers’ Compensation – Employers, 1995 to Present
  • Recipient of SCDTAA Robert Hemphill Award, 2010
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation 2002
  • Lifetime Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Super Lawyer Honoree, 2008-2013, 2015-2019

Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, 2008 to Present
  • Rotary Club of Greenville: President & Chairman of Rotary Charities, Inc.
  • City of Greenville Planning Commission, 2007-2012, Vice Chair 2011
  • St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Former Member
  • St. Francis Forum Fellow, 2013
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Finance Council Member, 2008 to Present

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973

Testimonial - Person

Theodore Roosevelt – “Man in the Arena”


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best know in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.  So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.