Whitney Harrison

McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC - Columbia
1517 Hampton St
Columbia, SC 29201
803-779-0100
www.mcgowanhood.com


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 medical malpractice cases to verdict with the partners of our firm, including a case with a $13.75 million verdict. Firms across the state associate her to assist with complex motions, trials, and appeals. Whitney has served as lead appellate counsel on over thirty 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.

Bar Admissions

South Carolina
S. District Court, District of South Carolina
S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2010
Student Bar Association, Vice President, 2009 to 2010
Susan V. “Gina” Johnson Award Recipient for commitment to service and leadership, 2010
Student Bar Association Service Award, 2010
Presbyterian College, B.A., cum laude with honors in history, 2007
Class President, Junior & Senior years
American Legion Award Recipient for service, leadership, and scholarship

Clerkships

Law Clerk to the Honorable Kaye G. Hearn, Supreme Court of South Carolina, 2015 to 2016
Law Clerk to the Honorable Aphrodite K. Konduros, South Carolina Court of Appeals, 2010 to 2013

Awards

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, 2021
Presbyterian College’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award, 2020
20 Under 40, The State, 2020
Best and Brightest—35 and under, Columbia Business Monthly, 2020
South Carolina Bar’s Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award, 2019
Rising Star in Super Lawyers, 2015 to present

Professional Affiliations

South Carolina Appleseed Justice Center
Board Member, 2017 to present
Litigation Committee Chair, 2018 to present
South Carolina Bar Foundation
Board Member, 2018 to present
Vice-Chair of Historical Society Committee, 2019 to present
South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society
Chair, 2020 to present
South Carolina Association for Justice
Chair of Rules and Practice, 2018 to present
South Carolina Bar Association
Council member of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, 2018 to present
Member of the Practice and Procedure Committee, 2020 to present