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Fisher Phillips Attorneys Named to Legal Elite List


Columbia, SC, October 31, 2014 – Fisher Phillips announced today that two attorneys in the Columbia office have been named to Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite 2014 listings. Partner J. Hagood Tighe and associate C. Edward Rawl III have been recognized for their work in labor and employment law.

Greater Columbia Business Monthly invited Midlands attorneys to nominate fellow attorneys they consider the best across ten different practice areas. Attorneys who live and work in the Midlands area and who are members of the South Carolina Bar are eligible to vote. Attorneys must vote for an equal number of attorneys outside of their own firms and may not vote for themselves. The top ten attorneys in each category will be published in the November issue of Greater Columbia Business Monthly.

Hagood Tighe is a partner in the Columbia office. He practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in union matters and employment litigation. While he maintains an active litigation practice, he also focuses on providing practical and proactive advice designed to minimize the risk of litigation. He also provides training for supervisors and managers on harassment, EEO compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and many other areas. Additionally, Hagood has authored numerous articles in the area of employment law and regularly lectures at seminars regarding employment law.

In 2013, Tighe received the Carolyn Holderman Vision Award from the Central Carolina Community Foundation for his leadership as Chairman. Also in 2013, The Richland County Bar Association recognized Hagood with its Civic Star Award. He was a 2004 recipient of the Silver Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. This award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and who exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics, and integrity.

Tighe is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in South Carolina Super Lawyers. He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2007 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Hagood has been selected by his peers to be one of Greater Columbia Business Monthly's Legal Elite every year since 2010. The same publication named him one of the "50 Most Influential People for 2011." He is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.

C. Edward Rawl III is an associate in the Columbia office. Rawl’s practice includes litigating employment related disputes involving wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, OSHA, as well as other types of employment based claims. In addition, Edward represents developers and property managers of government-financed and assisted multifamily housing projects in the defense of fair housing and public accommodation claims. He counsels employers, property management companies, and owners on all aspects of employment and fair housing laws and the development of preventative policies and procedures to avoid employment and fair housing claims. He has appeared before state and federal tribunals in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as the appellate courts in South Carolina.

Rawl graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He currently serves as the national Member Service Project Coordinator in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the American Bar Association (ABA). He previously served as the ABA YLD Vice Director of Membership and District 10 Representative for South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands, also serving on its five member Finance Board. Rawl is a member of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force, serves as Co-Chair of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Development Committee, and Chair-Elect of the YLD’s Community Law Week. Rawl serves as Secretary of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the South Carolina Bar, also actively participating on the Judicial Qualifications and Conventions Committees.

This is Rawl’s second consecutive year to be recognized as one of the Midlands’ Legal Elite by Greater Columbia Business Monthly Magazine, and he has been included in South Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2012.

About Fisher Phillips (
Fisher Phillips represents employers nationally in labor, employment, civil rights, employee benefits and immigration matters. The firm has 300 attorneys in 31 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 the Columbia office, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New England, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington D.C.


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