John T. Lay Elected President-Elect of the SC Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Lay New Bio HS 12-5-13

John T. Lay has been elected president-elect of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  John T. has long been active in ABOTA including service as its Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  His term as president will begin in 2015.

John T. is a shareholder at GWB with over 20 years of experience managing complex, high-stakes litigation for clients. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. John T. has been recognized extensively by his peers in the legal profession holding the AV Rating, the highest level in Martindale Hubbell.  John T. is listed in Best Lawyers in America in six categories, is ranked in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, and is also listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers. John T. has served with distinction in other professional organizations in the legal profession including service on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel and as a past president of South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

Managing Shareholder C. William McGee stated, “John T. is one of South Carolina’s most respected attorneys and has dedicated a large portion of his career to the advancement of the legal profession.  His election as President of ABOTA will only serve to enhance his legacy of service to the legal profession. GWB is very proud to have John T. as one of our attorneys.”

ABOTA was founded in 1957 with the purpose of preserving the civil jury trial.  ABOTA members display skill and integrity in an effort to assist younger attorneys with achieving a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the importance of the Seventh Amendment.  This mission is accomplished by:

  • Elevating the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession
  • Aiding attorneys in furthering their education and training as trial lawyers
  • Establishing relations and cooperating with other legal organizations and associations for the purposes of promoting justice and improvement of the law, and
  • Cultivating loyalty, fellowship, and professionalism among ABOTA members.