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John T. Lay, Jr. Elected President of the International Association of Defense Counsel

Lay New Bio HS 12-5-13

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder John T. Lay, Jr. has been elected president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).  The IADC is the preeminent invitation only legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests throughout the world. Lay will serve as president from July 2016 through July 2017 where he will transition to Chair of the Board of Directors.

Lay’s selection places three Gallivan, White and Boyd attorneys simultaneously at the head of the three leading national legal civil defense professional organizations, an unprecedented achievement for a single firm. GWB attorney Mills Gallivan will assume the presidency of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) later in July, while GWB attorney John Cuttino will become president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, this fall.

Lay focuses his law practice on business litigation, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith and coverage, financial services litigation, product liability, and environmental law.  He has over 20 years of experience managing complex high-stakes litigation trying more than 100 cases to verdict. This included matters presented before the United States District Court of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  Lay has been thoroughly recognized in the legal profession including:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in Six Categories
  • Ranked in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top 25
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Benchmark Litigation, “Litigation Star”

Lay has also served with distinction in other professional organizations including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), and IADC.  Additionally, he is a Delegate of The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable.