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3 Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorneys included in Best Lawyers

Three partners at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel earned a total of 12 honors in the new edition of Best Lawyers in America. The listings include two Columbia “Lawyer of the Year” awards.

M. Malissa Burnette, who’s been every edition of Best Lawyers since 2005, is Columbia “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law – Individuals. Nekki Shutt is Columbia “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – ERISA, marking the fourth consecutive year she’s achieved top honors.

Malissa Burnette, Janet E. Rhodes and Nekki Shutt

Burnette, Shutt and Janet Rhodes all were recognized in Litigation – Employment Law. The three also were all included in Employment Law – Individuals.

“It’s great to see all three of my partners honored for their litigations skills,” firm co-founder Kathleen McDaniel said. “When it comes to battling for their clients, Malissa, Nekki and Janet are committed to fighting for as long as it takes. It’s nice to see that tenacity recognized.”

The complete list of honors:

  • M. Malissa Burnette: Civil Rights Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mediation
  • Janet E. Rhodes: Employment Law – Individuals; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Nekki Shutt: Commercial Litigation; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment

One of the oldest peer-reviewed guides to the legal profession, Best Lawyers bases its selections on more than 5.5 million confidential surveys of the nation’s top attorneys as well as independent research. Lawyer of the Year awards go to the attorney with the highest overall peer feedback in the geographic area.

A companion piece, Best Law Firms in America, is released in November. Burnette Shutt & McDaniel has earned top-tier honors in every edition of that guide since the firm was founded.


About Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

Located in Columbia’s historic business district, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA’s attorneys are licensed to practice in all South Carolina courts and at all levels of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm represents clients in a range of areas, including employment and environmental law. They also handle employee benefits and ERISA matters, civil rights cases, privacy and data protection issues and government matters such as eminent domain, land use and zoning. Learn more at