Gray T. Culbreath



Gray T. Culbreath represents corporations, individuals and insurers in trials and appeals. For over 30 years he has handled complex trials and appeals in federal and state courts across South Carolina. His career has taken him from Army courtrooms to every federal and state courthouse in South Carolina. His principal areas of practice include complex commercial and class action litigation, including antitrust, product liability and mass tort as well as claims of sexual abuse.

Gray’s law practice includes defending product manufacturers in product liability suits brought both individually and as class actions for economic loss, personal injury and property damage. He has represented a number of different industries including automotive products, building products, heavy machinery, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Gray has handled numerous cases involving explosions and fire losses. In addition to his products practice, Gray continues to defend organizations alleged to have hired persons who have sexually abused children. His experience in this area dates back to his career as an Army JAGC officer, where he defended soldiers accused of those crimes.

As a trial attorney, he has tried over 100 cases to jury verdict in federal and state court. Gray has briefed and argued over 30 appeals at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He is frequently hired to write amicus briefs for chambers of commerce and trade organizations for submission to federal and state appellate courts.

Gray is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized by numerous legal publications including Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA as well as South Carolina Super Lawyers. He has been named Lawyer of the Year for Bet the Company Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions by Best Lawyers. Locally he has received numerous awards including the Order of the Palmetto and the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a past president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association.

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Gray received his B.A. from Wofford College and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He serves on the firm’s executive committee.


Wofford College

B.A., Government (1985)

University of South Carolina School of Law

J.D. (1988)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar
  • United States Army Court of Military Review
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Associations & Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA), President (2010-2011)

Honors & Awards

  • The Order of the Palmetto (2022)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star (2015 – 2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2009 – 2024)
    • Appellate Practice
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation

      • Lawyer of the Year (2014)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Lawyer of the Year (2012) (2017) (2022) (2024)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
      • Lawyer of the Year (2021)
  • Chambers and Partners Ranking, Litigation: General Commercial (2014 – 2024)
  • Columbia Business Magazine, Legal Elite (2010) (2014) (2023)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Mediation (2023)
    • Product Liability – Defendant (2022, 2023)
      • Top Vote Winner (2023)
  • Gold Compleat Lawyer Award, University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association (2009)
  • Leadership in Law Award – South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2009)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Powers Award – Outstanding Senior in the Nation (1985)
  • Richland County Bar Association Civic Star Award (2009)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Class Action (2008 – 2024)

Community Involvement

  • First Presbyterian Church, Deacon
  • South Carolina Museum Commission, Chairman (1999-2018)
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
    • Committee on Character and Fitness, Member

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