John David O'Neill


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.


J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2013

B.S., Clemson University, 2008

Licensed In

  • 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

Charleston, SC
2021–2024  Ones to Watch list: Product liability litigation–plaintiffs