John Barton (Vice-Chair) received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from the University of South Carolina and his juris doctor in 1977 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. John served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the South Carolina office of the United States Attorney for over twenty-one years, during which time he served in numerous positions, including Chief of the Criminal Division, National Security Coordinator and Health Care Coordinator. During his tenure, John was involved in the prosecution of some of the state's most noteworthy cases, including Operation Lost Trust.
In 2004, John opened his law office in Columbia, South Carolina, where his practice concentrated primarily on the defense of individuals and companies charged with white-collar crimes. John and his wife, Barbara, who specializes in complex bankruptcy matters, reside in Pawleys Island. John retired from the active practice of law in 2015.