John E. Herrick

John Herrick has spent more than 30 years representing victims of asbestos exposure suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.


As a leader of the firm’s occupational disease practice, John continues to fight for the rights of those harmed by asbestos and other occupational diseases and assists in managing the firm’s asbestos litigation teams. A senior trial lawyer with years of courtroom experience, John represents individuals and families against defendants which manufactured and sold defective and unreasonably dangerous asbestos-containing products and equipment, as well as premise owners and contractors who specified and installed those products. 

John has litigated asbestos cases resulting from occupational, environmental and household exposure, receiving verdicts in hundreds of matters. He also represents maritime workers who suffered asbestos exposure caused by manufacturers and suppliers, ship owners, shipbuilders and vessel designers.

In addition, John was lead trial counsel in a welding fume verdict for the plaintiff on behalf of a welder who developed manganism from exposure to welding fumes. He won the first affirmed jury verdict in the United States for a domestic, asbestos-exposed mesothelioma victim in the Marie Granski case and achieved the first verdict in the United States against SCAPA US, the former manufacturer of asbestos-containing dryer felts. John also worked as lead trial counsel in the Harlow trial group, cited as a top 100 case of the year by The National Law Journal, and litigated a personal injury case against a tobacco company for a plaintiff harmed by the use of asbestos in cigarette filters. 

John is recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell® and frequently serves as a guest speaker at asbestos litigation-related seminars.

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  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., University of South Carolina, 1983


  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Association for Justice

Licensed In

  • Maryland
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, District of Maryland, District of South Carolina, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Awards and Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America®

    2018 “Lawyer of the Year” Charleston, SC: Product liability litigation – plaintiffs 2015–2019 Product liability litigation – plaintiffs

  • The Legal 500 United States

    2007, 2009–2012, 2015, 2018 Dispute resolution – product liability, mass tort and class action – toxic tort – plaintiff
    *Although it endorses this lawyer, The Legal 500 United States is not a Motley Rice client.


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