An experienced attorney who’s successfully fought for clients in the courts and before administrative agencies, Jack E. Cohoon has joined Burnette Shutt & McDaniel.
His practice includes employment law, civil rights, appeals, and administrative law. He also represents clients in issues such as pardons, criminal records expungements, occupational licensing, and other matters that can act as barriers to employment.
“We’re excited about the experience, dedication, and determination Jack brings to our firm and to our clients,” firm co-founder Nekki Shutt said. “He has an impressive track record of moving law forward, and we look forward to seeing him build on that.”
Prior to joining Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Cohoon worked for nearly 14 years as an attorney with South Carolina Legal Services. He rose to the position of head of the Employment Unit and senior litigator in the Columbia office.
He represented clients with employment law issues such as discrimination, wrongful termination, unpaid wages, and unemployment benefits denial. He also developed legal clinic models now used throughout the state, including workshops covering driver’s licenses and criminal records.
He fought for change, including challenging a $50 fee the state charged for an ID for people with certain criminal records. The card was free to everyone else. The state Legislature subsequently changed the law to remove the charge. He also led the first effort for criminal records expungement under the state’s updated human trafficking law.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Cohoon was the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year in 2012.
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 burnetteshutt.law.