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G. Daniel Ellzey

Partner, Columbia
t: 803.255.0000
f: 803.255.0202


Dan Ellzey is a partner in the firm's Columbia office. He practices both labor and employment law. In the employment area, Dan counsels clients on all state and federal employment laws (Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), etc.), major staff reductions and facility closures, labor law implications of mergers and acquisitions, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance, and wage and hour matters.

Dan litigates cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), non-compete, and other employment-related matters in federal and state courts. He also represents companies before the OSHA.

In the labor area, Dan advises companies across the nation on union avoidance and proactive employee relations plans. Dan has been involved in some of the highest profile union campaigns and elections in the United States.

He represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and he advises clients on merger and acquisition matters involving labor issues.

Dan is certified as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008.

Dan has also been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2004 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006.  He was selected by his peers to be one of Greater Columbia Business Monthly's 2010 Legal Elite. Dan was also recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • General Counsel, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) South Carolina State Council
  • Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, South Carolina Bar Association (1985-1986)
  • Member, House of Delegates, South Carolina Bar Association (1992-1994)

Community Activities

  • Serves on the Human Resources Committee and the Legislative Agenda Task Force for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and the Carolina Children's Home
  • Worked closely with the Strategic Alliance for the Midlands and the South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • In 2005, he was recognized by Governor Mark Sanford as an economic development Ambassador.


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