Joshua S. Whitley

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Josh Whitley is a trial lawyer with wide and varied interests and experience. He is a founding partner in the Smyth Whitley, LLC law firm in Charleston, South Carolina, and focuses his practice on complex litigation, including healthcare defense, and currently serves as general counsel to the fourth largest school district in the state of South Carolina.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College and the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers and won national awards in advocacy. Following law school, he clerked for 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. He has successfully argued in the South Carolina Supreme Court and has lectured at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

In addition, Josh serves his community as an elected official on the Berkeley County Council, where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee and serves as the Council’s Vice Chairman. Josh lives on Daniel Island with his wife Cowles, daughter Sara Cannon, identical twins Evans and Paul, and his beloved golden retrievers Lily and Luna.

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

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