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Four Fisher Phillips Attorneys Named to Legal Elite List


COLUMBIA, SC (October 3, 2013)  – Fisher Phillips announced that four attorneys in the Columbia office have been named to Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite 2013 listings. Michael D. Carrouth, J. Hagood Tighe, C. Edward Rawl III and Richele A. Taylor 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 October issue of Greater Columbia Business Monthly.

Mike Carrouth is a partner in the Columbia office. He is certified as a Specialist in Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Mike has represented clients in successfully responding to union organizing efforts in 27 states. This work includes successfully defending against multi-site and multi-state national organizing blitzes and card-check/neutrality campaigns. Mike also has represented clients in numerous litigation matters, including jury trials, involving FMLA, Title VII, breach of employment contract, and non-compete enforcement. He practices before state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal administrative agencies in the areas of union related matters, employment litigation, discrimination cases, non-compete agreements, and wrongful discharge cases. Mike has been selected for inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008. He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2005 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. He was also selected for Greater Columbia Business Monthly's Legal Elite in 2011.

J. 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 – including class actions and collective actions. 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. Hagood 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. Hagood is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 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, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio, as well as the appellate courts in South Carolina. A native of Florence, 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 was also selected as one of the Midlands’ Legal Elite by Greater Columbia Business Monthly Magazine in 2011 and included in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of South Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.

Richele K. Taylor is Of Counsel in the Columbia office. She has extensive experience in a broad range of labor and employment issues. Richele provides preventive advice to employers on employee terminations, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs compliance questions and affirmative action plans, diversity, medical leave, and other employment issues in order to reduce the risk of employment-related claims and litigation. Richele has successfully represented employers in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies on a variety of issues, such as Title VII, the FMLA, ADEA, breach of contract and wrongful termination claims. Richele provides in-house seminars on legal topics, as well as training in workplace harassment and discrimination, diversity, and other issues involving employee relations in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. She also prepares affirmative action plans for federal contractors and subcontractors and assists clients with self-audits. She has authored numerous articles in the area of employment law and regularly speaks at local, regional and national employment law seminars on varied topics. Richele was selected for inclusion in 2012 South Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.  While in law school, Richele was Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and was author of the article "God Bless the Kick-off: School Prayer South Carolina in the Wake of Santa Fe v. Doe," SC Law Review Vol. 53, Fall 2001.

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