Shareholders Gray T. Culbreath & John T. Lay, Jr. Chosen as “Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Litigation


Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. attorneys Gray T. Culbreath, and John T. Lay, Jr. have been chosen as “Litigation Stars” by Benchmark Litigation. “Litigation Stars” are selected after a six-month research period where Benchmark Litigation researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by attorneys and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.

With over 25 years of legal experience and extensive federal, state, and appellate court trial experience, Gray T. Culbreath’s practice centers on complex litigation. He defends clients across a wide range of industries and practice areas including product liability, toxic and mass torts, business and commercial litigation, professional negligence, and class actions.  Additionally, Culbreath handles appellate cases and testifies as an expert witness in class action and legal malpractice litigation. He is consistently ranked as one of the top civil defense attorneys in South Carolina with recent honors from:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Five Categories
  • Best Lawyers’ Columbia Defendants Lawyer of the Year – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, 2012
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers

Culbreath is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and Lawyers for Civil Justice. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Captain in the United States Army, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, from 1988 until 1992.

John T. Lay, Jr. 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

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

Culbreath and Lay’s law firm, Gallivan, White & Boyd, has significant experience in complex litigation representing corporate and individual clients in business disputes, arbitration, and litigation. Noteworthy business and commercial litigation handled by the firm’s attorneys include matters involving shareholder disputes, trade secrets, covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements, business torts, contract disputes, corporate finance, securities, insurance, sales transactions, debtor and creditor rights, and real estate and land use issues.

Benchmark Litigation has been conducting research on litigators, firms, and cases since 2008.  It strives to provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the US litigation market and is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the United States.  Benchmark Litigation is published by Euromoney Institutional Investor.