Joshua S. Whitley

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Josh Whitley is a 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 business litigations. He currently serves as general counsel to the fourth largest school district in the State of South Carolina.

A native of Berkeley County, he currently serves on the Berkeley County Council. He currently serves as Council’s Vice Chairman and is in his second term as finance chairman. As a leader in his community, he has chaired civic organizations, including Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theater; has served as chairman of the County Republican Party; a member of the South Carolina Republican Executive Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and current Trustee 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.

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 practice, Josh's civic involvement is extensive, including:

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