John T. Lay, Jr. Named President-Elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel

GWB shareholder John T. Lay, Jr. has been named president-elect 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 has long been an active member of the IADC. Prior to his selection as president-elect, Lay served as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Business Litigation Committee, and a member of Product Liability and Trial Tactics Committees. Lay will serve as president-elect from July 2015 until he is named president in July 2016.

Lay’s law practice focuses 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:

  • Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers in America in Six Categories
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Lay has also served with distinction in other prominent professional organizations including as the current president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates, as past president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), and a Delegate of The American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable.