John David O’Neill focuses his litigation efforts on catastrophic injury, product liability, automotive defect, and wrongful death cases. With a background in engineering, John brings a technical approach to case review and analysis.
In particular, John is heavily involved in vehicle defect cases alleging injuries caused by defective Takata airbags.
John has consulted as an engineer on projects involving manufacturing, transportation, institutional, municipal and residential construction. Prior to attending law school, he was a lead manufacturing engineer with an international aerospace corporation where he was responsible for planning repairs for damaged parts and other components that did not meet specifications.
John was also a member of the engineering team that performed quality inspections of structural installations on behalf of the S.C. DOT on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, S.C., one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in North America. John was formerly a South Carolina property attorney, having worked on construction defect claims, negotiated commercial property deals in Charleston, and provided representation in Circuit Court and Municipal Court on criminal and civil matters.
Litigation AreasConsumer Fraud Protection Medical Devices Medical Drugs Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Toxic Exposure Transportation Whistleblower
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2013
B.S., Clemson University, 2008
- South Carolina
Admitted to Practice Before
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
South Carolina Bar Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
Awards and Accolades
2021–2023 Ones to Watch list: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs