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T. David Rheney is a Partner in GWB’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, David brings a wealth of trial experience to his primary practice areas of personal injury defense, trucking and transportation defense, insurance and reinsurance coverage, and bad faith litigation. He has tried well over 100 cases to a verdict in his career in local, state, and federal court.

David and the attorneys at the firm’s four offices have extensive experience handling a variety of insurance related matters, including:

  • Personal Policies
  • Commercial Policies
  • Excess Policies
  • Umbrella Policies
  • First Party Claims
  • Third Party Claims

As the South Carolina representative of Insuralex, a worldwide network of lawyers specializing in insurance and reinsurance matters, David regularly travels to London to meet with and speak to clients and others in the Lloyds of London market, as well as other significant insurance and reinsurance markets in the United States and abroad.

In addition to his commitment to his insurance practice, David dedicates a large portion of his practice to transportation and trucking law. As a member of the trucking team, David regularly handles cases related to:

  • Catastrophic Injury Cases
  • Transportation Contract Disputes
  • Cargo and Freight Claims
  • Preemption Issues
  • Venue Issues
  • Spoliation

David also frequently coordinates emergency response to trucking and other transportation accidents.  He handles all issues that arise from the initial response to the accident to the post-accident investigation to the litigation of these incidents.

Rheney BLY 2015

Rheney 2014 LOTY





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Associations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, President, 2010
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Chair of the Professional Negligence Committee, 2013-2014
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Advocate
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Insuralex
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Motorcoach Association of South Carolina
  • United Motorcoach Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards

  • Greenville Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Greenville Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Greenville Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • 2015 Legal Elite – Personal Injury & Insurance Law, Greenville Business Magazine
  • 2014 Legal Elite – Insurance Law, Greenville Business Magazine
  • Martindale Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, 2013
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated, 2003-2013
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Transportation Law by Martindale Hubbel, 2013
  • Greenville Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Best Lawyers, 2009 to Present
    Insurance Law
    -  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    -  Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage

Community Involvement

  • Church Council, Finance Committee, Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
  • Past President Greenville County Easter Seals
  • Past Board Member Greenville County Clemson Club

Bar Admissions

  • Greenville County Bar
  • South Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1989


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1989
  • B.S. Clemson University, 1981

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