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Whitney Harrison

McGowan Hood Felder & Phillips, LLC - Columbia
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Whitney Harrison
McGowan Hood Felder & Phillips, LLC - Columbia
Columbia,
 SC

Whitney delights in nuance, complexity, and unsettled law. Having clerked in both of South Carolina’s appellate courts, Whitney’s seasoned instincts inform her appellate strategy from the start of every case. As a key member of our trial teams, she anticipates and addresses legal issues at each stage of litigation while preserving the record for an appeal. By treating every case as one that will involve a trial and an appeal, Whitney provides comprehensive courtroom advocacy.

Whitney has tried multiple cases to verdict, as well as handled landmark cases involving civil, criminal, family, utility, and administrative law. Firms across the state associate her to assist with complex motions, trials, and appeals. Whitney has handled over fifty appeals—with issues ranging from constitutional challenges to corporate governance to novel law—before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

In January 2020, Whitney became the first woman to receive the South Carolina Bar’s Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award. The award—not given annually—“recognizes a member of the Bar who has demonstrated substantial dedication to the furtherance of the art and techniques of trial and appellate advocacy in South Carolina, outstanding and exemplary skill and conduct in the practice of advocacy, and has devoted substantial time and effort to the education and training of lawyers.”

Outside of the courtroom, Whitney has served as an adjunct professor at Presbyterian College, teaching constitutional law with a focus on the structures and powers established by the Constitution. In addition to her legal passions, Whitney enjoys going to the beach and baking. Her favorite item to bake is a pound cake, which has earned her numerous blue ribbons at the South Carolina State Fair.


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