THE FIRM This impressive boutique has a deep bench of labor and employment specialists spread across offices in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston. Its 45-strong South Carolina team is respected for its large client base and diverse practice, which covers traditional labor, employment litigation, immigration and employee benefits. Notable clients include Michelin North America, Palmetto Health, D.R. Horton and SCANA.
Sources say: "Very good depth of experience and knowledge within the firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Of counsel Hamilton Stewart is one of the founding members of the firm and continues to play a key role in the industry, remaining a valued member of the team. He is experienced across the full range of labor and employment matters.
Lewis Smoak is an extremely influential figure at the firm and has longstanding experience in union organization and decertification campaigns, as well as advising clients on preventive labor relations programs.
"Fantastic trial lawyer" Gray Geddie recently returned to the Greenville office, having served a ten-year stint as the firm's managing shareholder and having been instrumental in the firm's huge growth in that period. He has more than 30 years' experience in handling employment and other disputes.
Charles Speth manages the Columbia office and is well respected for his employment litigation work, including class actions. He has considerable experience before state and federal courts.
Fred Suggs is experienced in traditional labor matters and is sought out for his advice on union campaigns and collective bargaining agreements. He also handles individual and class discrimination suits.
Leigh Nason leads the firm's affirmative action and OFCCP practice, and is especially dedicated to advising federal contractors and subcontractors on compliance issues and administrative enforcement actions. "She is very responsive and knowledgeable, and does a good job of working with HR professionals within our company," said one client.
Katherine Dudley Helms has a very broad practice that includes employment law, wage and hour matters and related litigation. She is particularly well recognized in the healthcare sector, where she advises clients such as Palmetto Health.
Mike Shetterly manages the Greenville office and works closely with clients on providing proactive advice and training to HR teams and managers on best practice in the workplace. He also maintains a strong litigation practice.
Bernhard Mueller is a go-to attorney for immigration compliance matters.