Joshua S. Whitley

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Josh Whitley is a trial lawyer with wide and varied interests and experience. His civil litigation practices range from personal injury to long-term health care defense. Currently, he serves as general counsel to the fourth largest school district in the state of South Carolina.

He is graduate of the College of William & Mary Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers and won national awards in advocacy. He first became a trial lawyer with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., and now with Smyth Whitley, LLC - following a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In 2010, Josh was hired as second chair to a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the largest environmental case in history, the Deepwater Horizon BP Gulf Oil Spill. There he spent a considerable amount of time working with some of the best lawyers in the nation to litigate one of the most complex and interesting cases in history - garnering experience in multidistrict litigation, mass torts, admiralty law and other interesting facets of the law.

Josh is widely sought after for his knowledge, love and expertise in constitutional law. He contributes or litigates on a wide variety of appellate cases and has successfully argued in the South Carolina Supreme Court. He frequently lectures at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Josh lives on Daniel Island with his wife, Cowles, daughter, Sara Cannon, identical twins, Evans and Paul, and his beloved golden retrievers, Jenks and Lily.

In addition to his legal activities, Josh's civic involvement is extensive, including:

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