John E. "Rett" Guerry III


Charleston native Rett Guerry represents railroad and other industrial workers in personal injury, products liability and Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation.

He currently manages the firm's FELA cases, representing workers in occupational injury lawsuits, including cases of exposure to asbestos, silica and chemical solvents. He is on the forefront of second injury FELA litigation, addressing the development of a second injury or disease in former FELA plaintiffs.

Rett litigates asbestos occupational exposure cases on behalf of individuals suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. As Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel for the Fulton County State Court Asbestos Consolidation in Georgia, Rett remains involved with the Fulton County asbestos docket, filing new cases, and working through the consolidation to trial. With more than 12 years of experience in asbestos litigation, his role as a trial lawyer and negotiator emphasizes the product identification aspect of occupational disease law and demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the medical and scientific aspects of occupational disease.

Familiar with the life of an industrial worker, Rett served as a United States Coast Guard licensed tugboat captain prior to his law career, earning a commendation from the Department of the Navy for Meritorious Service to the Charleston Naval Shipyard during Hurricane Hugo. He is a published writer on maritime law and the author of Maritime Wrongful Death: A Primer, a piece published in The University of South Carolina School of Law's South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business that explores the potential legal options available to those injured in a maritime setting with specific reference to the High Seas Act, Jones Act, Longshoreman and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and General Maritime Law.

Recognized as an AV® rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell®, Rett is active in the local Charleston community as a member of the Hibernian Society and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cougar Club at the College of Charleston from 2000 to 2006. 


J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1993

B.A., College of Charleston, 1990

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina


American Association for Justice

American Bar Association

South Carolina Association for Justice

Charleston County Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

2017 Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation – toxic tort *Although it endorses this lawyer, The Legal 500 United States is not a Motley Rice client.