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Gallivan, White and Boyd partner, Gunnar Nistad, practices out of the firm’s Charleston, South Carolina, office. Gunnar has been defending corporations, businesses, and individuals for over 20 years in matters related to complex business litigation, commercial transactions, insurance coverage, construction, products liability, professional liability, and environmental litigation. He has extensive experience presenting matters before the federal, state, and appellate courts. Additionally, Gunnar practices alternative dispute resolution and mediates in South Carolina Circuit Court.

Gunnar focuses a significant portion of his practice on representing businesses and corporations in complex commercial litigation matters. He frequently defends clients in matters concerning:

  • Business Torts
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Environmental Disputes
  • Defamation
  • Liquor Liability

Additionally, Gunnar is a veteran defender of malpractice actions and investigations conducted by state regulatory and licensing agencies against professionals and facilities in a number of areas including:

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Medical Professionals
  • Medical Facilities
  • Real Estate Agents

Gunnar is an accomplished products liability attorney who defends mass tort and catastrophic loss claims related to defects arising from the manufacture, distribution, design, and sale of products.  He also regularly represents contractors, design professionals, home builders, and suppliers in claims related to construction defects, environmental issues, and contract disputes. Additionally, Gunnar regularly represents clients who have sold or installed windows or HVAC equipment.

Exceptional client service has always been a cornerstone of Gunnar’s legal practice. His innate ability to listen to the concerns of clients, then respond to those concerns in a timely and detailed fashion results in highly satisfied clients.

Associations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • American Subcontractors Association

Community Involvement

  • Ashley Hall School Loyalty Fund, Co-Chairman
  • Charleston Recreation Department, Coach
  • Dee Norton Low Country Children’s Center Annual Fundraiser, Former Chairman

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1996
  • MBA, The Citadel, 2008
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1993