John B. White Jr. is an experienced South Carolina civil and criminal defense lawyer who serves as the Managing Shareholder of the Spartanburg law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C.
He is licensed to practice in South Carolina’s state and federal courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.
His diverse litigation practice includes personal injury, criminal and domestic cases as well as complex business matters in both state and federal courts.
White earned his B.S. degree in Biology at Wofford College in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army after college. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975.
White served on the litigation team that obtained a $327-million jury verdict against Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, in the Spartanburg Court of Common Pleas. The case involved allegations that the pharmaceutical company had violated the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act in its marketing of the Risperdal antipsychotic drug.
He also helped to obtain settlements of $45 million and $26 million in cases involving similar claims and drugs manufactured by Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca, respectively.
His memberships include the American Board of Trial Advocates, American Association for Justice, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Additionally, White has been a member of the Wofford College Board of Trustees and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.