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Howard Boyd has over 38 years of experience successfully managing complex litigation for the firm’s clients, from advising on strategy before litigation ensues through trial, appeal, or alternative dispute resolution. Howard, who is located in the firm’s Greenville office, has successfully handled a wide variety of civil litigation during his career, including over 200 jury trials and numerous appeals.  He currently focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, class actions, government liability, professional negligence, and appellate matters.

Howard leads GWB’s business and commercial litigation team as well as the government liability team.  Within his business and commercial litigation practice, Howard represents corporate and individual clients in business disputes and complex litigation matters. Howard is accomplished in handling of business torts, contracts, corporate finance, insurance, trade secrets, and other disputes arising out of business transactions.

Howard also has a well-respected professional negligence practice.  He represents individuals, businesses, and corporations in regulatory and professional malpractice matters.  Some of the professionals Howard often defends include:

  • Lawyers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Brokers
  • Real Estate Agents

Howard also has experience in defending class actions in a variety of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Commercial Transportation
  • Business and Commercial Transactions
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance

Throughout his career, Howard has successfully represented a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, local large and small business owners and professionals and individuals.

Howard is well known for his collegial personality and accessibility.  Always available to speak with a concerned client, Howard makes a concerted effort to keep clients up to date and immediately addresses any client concerns.



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Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Greenville Class VIII

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 to Present
    -  Bet-the-Company Litigation
    -  Commercial Litigation
    -  Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Legal Elite – Civil Litigation, Greenville Business Magazine, 2014 to 2016
  • Articles Editor, University of South Carolina Law Review
  • 2011 Leadership In Law, SC Lawyer’s Weekly
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
    -  Business & Corporate Litigation
  • Sertoman of Year

Notable Cases

  • In Re: Hollman v. Dr. Jonathon Woolfson, et al., and Danielle Hollman v. Dr. Jonathon Woolfson, et al., Opinion No. 27280, 2013 WL 3366668 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed July 3, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 30 at 15)
  • Michael B. Lanier v. Norfolk Southern Corporation, et al., C.A. No., 1:05-cv-03476, U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit (Unpublished Opinion No. 06-1986)
  • Atlas Food Systems & Services, Inc. f/k/a Atlas Vending Company v. City of Greenville, Greenville County Court of Common Pleas, C.A. No. 98-CP-40-4997
  • Joseph K. Newsom, et al. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina; Companion Healthcare Corporation and Planned Administrators, Inc., Richland County Court of Common Pleas, C.A. No. 02-CP-40-4997
  • Louie D. Hawkins, individually and d/b/a Servicemaster of Greenville, et al. v. City of Greenville, 358 S.C. 280, 594 S.E.2d 557 (Ct. App. 2004)
  • Travis A. Roddey, individually and as the personal representative of the Estate of Alice Monique Beckham Hancock, deceased v. Wal-Mart Stores, East, LP, U.S. Security Associates, Inc., and Derrick L. Jones, 400 S.C. 59, 732 S.E.2d 635 (Ct. App. 2012)
  • Dickerson v. TLC Lasik Centers, 2011 WL 382443 (D.S.C.)
  • Covan et al. v. Blue Cross Blue and Blue Shield of South Carolina et al.
  • Avondale Mills v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company, C.A. No. 1:05-cv-2817-MBS (DSC 2005)
  • Cramer v. Balcor Prop. Mgmt., Inc., 441 S.E.2d 317 (S.C. 1994)

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greenville County, Palmetto Society Chair 2007, Campaign Vice-Chair 2008, Campaign Chair 2009, Vice-Chair of Board of Directors 2010, Chair of Board of Directors 2011
  • General Counsel, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 1984
  • Chairman, Leadership Greenville Alumni Association, 1998
  • Past President, Greater Greenville Davidson Alumni Association
  • Past President, Downtown Sertoma Club
  • Upcountry History Museum, Board Member 2007-2013, Chairman of Board 2010-2012

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1977 (Order of Wig and Robe)
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1972


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