John M. Eubanks


With extensive experience investigating terrorist organizations and terrorist financing in the Middle East, John Eubanks represents victims, survivors and their families in litigation designed to bankrupt the financiers of terror, crippling their ability to recruit, train, supply and dispatch terrorist operatives.

John is substantially involved in the firm’s litigation on behalf of foreign terror victims and victims of international human rights abuses. He was a key member of the litigation team prosecuting Linde et al. v. Arab Bank Plc, the first litigation against a financial institution brought to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act. In this historic litigation, John also played an integral role in pursuing Alien Tort Statute claims that were argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for a separate class of plaintiffs against Arab Bank.

John is also a member of the team pursuing a civil action against al Qaeda's alleged financiers and supporters arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He has pursued litigation against Libya for allegedly providing material resources to the Provisional Irish Republican Army, resulting in the death and injury of citizens of the United States and United Kingdom. John plays a key role in Krishanthi, et al. v. Rajaratnam, a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute involving allegations of American-sourced financing for dozens of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He was also extensively involved in an Alien Tort Statute case on behalf of young boys allegedly kidnapped for enslavement as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates. 

Prior to joining Motley Rice in 2004, John served as counsel in a case brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act against various charitable organizations and political groups in the U.S. for supplying Hamas with material support and financial resources in the groundbreaking Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute

John has drafted various “friend of the court” briefs to the Supreme Court on issues related to anti-terrorism and customary international law on behalf of a broad range of individuals and organizations.  

John has also handled multiple personal injury and wrongful death cases involving tour bus and commercial truck crashes, both domestic and international. In 2010, a tour bus operated by Boston-based Grand Circle Travel crashed near Aswan, Egypt, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. John and the Motley Rice litigation team filed suit on behalf of seven of the victims of the crash against the tour operator and negotiated a settlement for our clients in 2015.* 

A former independent terrorism consultant for the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, John served as a liaison and researcher working with the FBI, INS, and U.S. Customs on terrorism financing investigations related to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations. 

John is a published author on counterterrorism and security and was a central contributor to the non-fiction work American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us (Free Press 2002), which details the activities of organizations and individuals within the U.S. who provide material support and/or resources to Middle Eastern and Islamic terrorist organizations abroad.  

John lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with his wife and two children, and serves as a deacon in his church.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003

B.S., Georgetown University, 1996

Licensed In

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits


American Association for Justice

American Bar Association, Section of International Law

South Carolina Association for Justice

Charleston County Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

2019–2023 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers

2016 Trial Lawyers of the Year