John M. Grantland

John M. Grantland

Founding Partner

John Grantland founded Murphy & Grantland with J.R. Murphy in 1997. His practice is primarily in circuit courts throughout South Carolina and focuses on insurance defense, premises liability as well as trucking and automobile defense. As a defense trial attorney he has successfully tried over 200 cases to verdict in state and federal courts across 40 counties in South Carolina. John is a member of the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and The Defense Research Institute. He also was past chairman of the Midlands Judicial Selection Committee.

John received a full academic scholarship to The Citadel and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, and received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the Society of Cincinnati Medal. He joined the Marine Corps at The Citadel and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. John earned a scholarship to the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was Vice President of the Student Bar Association. During law school, John was a law clerk to Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

Upon graduation from law school, John went on active duty in the Marine Corps where he was a Judge Advocate and Defense Counsel at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort. He successfully tried 30 criminal trials to verdict as defense counsel and received a number of acquittals and dismissals for the Marines and Sailors he represented. John was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as a Judge Advocate.

Originally from Anderson, S.C., John learned the importance of honesty, customer service and hard work from his parents. His grandfather and father ran a local bakery and his mother worked at AnMed Health Hospital for over 40 years.

John has been married for more than thirty years to the former Rebecca DuBard of Blythewood, S.C., and they have three children. John is active in his church, Shandon United Methodist, where he sings in the choir and teaches the three-year-old Sunday School Class. John is an Eagle Scout and is also Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 10.

American Board of Trial Advocates
AV Preeminent
SuperLawyers 2020
SuperLawyers 2020

John M. Grantland

Phone: 803-782-4100 ext. 1237
Direct Dial: 803-454-1237
Fax: 803-782-4140
Twitter: @jmgrantland


Courtney Castro (Paralegal)
Phone: 803-782-4100 ext: 1313

Renee L. Dillon (Legal Assistant)
Phone: 803-782-4100 ext: 1275


The Citadel, B.A., magna cum laude

  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

University of South Carolina, Juris Doctor

  • Vice President Student Bar Association


Richland County Bar
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
The Defense Research Institute
Council on Litigation Management
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Chairman of the Midlands Judicial Selection Committee
Co-authored and published a chapter in South Carolina Jurisprudence
Lecturer at CLE and insurance industry seminars around the country
South Carolina Super Lawyer (2016,2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
Awarded the 2016 Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Civility Award by the Richland County Bar Association
Awarded the 2017 Worthy Adversary Award by the South Carolina Association for Justice

Awarded Lawyer of the Year for South Carolina by Best Lawyers in 2023