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Gray Culbreath is a shareholder in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina, office. With extensive federal, state, and appellate court trial experience, Gray’s practice centers on complex litigation. He defends clients across a wide range of industries and practice areas including product liability, toxic and mass torts, business and commercial litigation, and class actions.  Additionally, Gray handles appellate cases and testifies as an expert witness in class action and legal malpractice litigation.

Gray is a skilled products liability attorney with over 25 years of experience.  This experience has resulted in him leading the firm’s products liability team and serving as national counsel for a major roofing manufacturer. Gray defends mass tort and catastrophic loss claims related to product defects as well as issues arising from the manufacturing, distribution, design, and sale of products such as:

  • Combustible Products
  • Tobacco
  • Chemicals
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Consumer Products
  • Building Materials and Products

Gray is also experienced in assisting clients with emergency responses to catastrophic incidents. He has overseen all aspects of emergency response and management including accident scenes, post-accident investigations, and resulting litigation. This includes claims related to catastrophic personal injury and property damage.

In addition to his products liability practice, Gray concentrates a large portion of his time on representing businesses and corporations in complex commercial litigation matters. Specifically, he defends his business and commercial clients in disputes, arbitration, and litigation matters concerning:

  • Business Torts
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Trade Secrets

Prior to entering private practice, Gray served as a Captain in the United States Army, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, from 1988 until 1992.  His service in the military instilled in Gray values he uses in the service of his clients today.  Gray believes acting honorably and with integrity will attain the highest level of client service.

“Gray Culbreath is a “tenacious litigator with a fantastic reputation,” according to peers. His practice covers mass and toxic torts cases and product liability suits, and he is experienced handling litigation at trial and on appeal.” - Chambers USA

Past results and testimonials from clients are not to be taken as a representation that the same or similar results can be obtained by the firm in the future.

Chambers 2016 - Culbreath


Culbreath 2014 LOTY




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Chambers & Partners Rank Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. and Three Attorneys as Leaders in Law

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Law Firm in the field Commercial Litigation. Additionally, firm attorneys Daniel B. White, Gray T. Culbreath, and John T. Lay, Jr. were chosen as leading business attorneys in the field of Commercial Litigation.

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Associations & Memberships

  • Council for Litigation Management
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    -  Products Liability Section Chair
    -  Judiciary Committee Chair
    -  Class Action & Multi-District Litigation Chair.
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
    -  President (2010-2011)
    -  President- Elect (2010)
    -  Treasurer (2009), Secretary (2008)
    -  Editor – The Defense Line (2005-2007)
    -  Executive Committee (2000-2007)
  • Defense Research Institute
    -  Member Center for Public Policy
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
    -  Defense Litigation Group – former Chair

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year for Columbia” – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2017
  • “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2015 – Present
  • Legal Elite – Civil Litigation, Columbia Business Monthly, 2014
  • Columbia Defendants Lawyer of the Year – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, 2012, Best Lawyers’
  • Best Lawyers, 2009 – Present
    -  Bet-the-Company Litigation
    -  Commercial Litigation
    -  Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
    -  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    -  Product Liability Litigation
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008 – Present
  • Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s 2010 Legal Elite
  • 2009 Leadership in Law Award – South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • 2009 Gold Compleat Lawyer Award – University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association
  • 2009 Richland County Bar Association Civic Star Award
  • Moot Court Bar
  • National Moot Court Team
  • Blue Key National Honor Fraternity

Community Involvement

  • South Carolina Museum Commission, Chairman
  • South Carolina State Museum Foundation, Board Member
  • Hammond School Skyhawk Club, Board Member
  • Wofford College Terrier Club, Past Board Member
  • Wofford College Alumni Executive Council

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Wofford College, 1985

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