COLUMBIA, SC – July 30, 2009 – Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys in the Columbia office have been selected by their peers as Best Lawyers in America. Michael D. Carrouth, G. Daniel Ellzey, Stephen C. Mitchell, Jonathan P. Pearson and J. Hagood Tighe, have each been declared Best Lawyers for 2010. An additional 46 Fisher & Phillips attorneys in other offices were also named to Best Lawyers in America in 2010.
In addition to the five individual honors, the Fisher & Phillips office in Columbia has also received a #1 ranking for its region, because this firm has more listed Best Lawyers in the field of Labor and Employment Law than any other practice in the area.
The Best Lawyers in America is a record of outstanding professionals chosen from a rigorous survey of more than 2.8 million evaluations of lawyers by lawyers. Those who make the list have attained peer recognition and a high level of achievement in their field. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The Best Lawyers listings appear in many regional and national publications and are published on-line at www.bestlawyers.com.
Michael D. Carrouth – Mike is a partner in the Columbia office and is certified as a Specialist in Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court. He practices before state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal administrative agencies in the areas of union avoidance, union campaigns, labor relations, employment litigation, discrimination cases, non-compete agreements and wrongful discharge cases. Mike was also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business since 2005 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008.
G. Daniel Ellzey – Dan is a partner in the Columbia office and practices both labor and employment law. He counsels clients on all state and federal employment laws, major staff reductions and facility closures, labor law implications of mergers and acquisitions, OSHA compliance and wage and hour matters. Ellzey litigates cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA, non-compete and other employment-related matters. In the labor area, he advises companies nationwide on union avoidance and proactive employee relations plans. Dan is a certified Specialist in Labor Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. He has also been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2009, The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2007.
Stephen C. Mitchell – Steve is a partner in the Columbia office, and his practice emphasizes employment litigation and traditional labor law. He has handled administrative charges and lawsuits in state and federal courts involving wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, ERISA, FMLA, FLSA, employment testing and other types of employee-based claims. In the traditional labor law arena, Steve has represented employers nationwide in assistance with legal issues in helping employers remain non-union, responding to unfair labor practice changes and providing advice regarding collective bargaining issues and arbitration matters. Steve is certified as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2007 and South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008.
Jonathan P. Pearson – Jon is managing partner of the Columbia office, and his practice emphasizes employment litigation of all types, as well as traditional labor law. He has handled lawsuits and administrative charges involving wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and FLSA, and many other types of employment-based claims. Pearson has been particularly active in assisting employers in union contract negotiations and in dealing with strike-related issues. Additionally, he is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law and as a Certified Mediator. Jon has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2009, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2002 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2006.
J. Hagood Tighe – Hagood is a partner in the Columbia office and practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in union campaigns and employment litigation. He has successfully handled and argued cases before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hagood also provides proactive advice and training to supervisors and management designed to minimize the risk of litigation in areas of harassment, EEO compliance, FMLA and many others. He has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2009, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2007 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2008.
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Fisher & Phillips LLP represents employers nationally in labor, employment, civil rights, employee benefits and immigration matters. The firm has more than 225 attorneys in 21 offices. Founded in 1943, it is one of the first U.S. law firms to concentrate its practice exclusively upon representation of employers in labor and employment matters. In addition to its Columbia office, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland ME, Portland OR, San Diego, San Francisco, and Tampa.