McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC - Columbia
1517 Hampton St
Columbia, SC 29201
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.
South Carolina S. District Court, District of South Carolina S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Supreme Court of the United States
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
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
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
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