Four Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorneys named to Legal Elite of the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC – The just-released 2017 Legal Elite of the Midlands lists four lawyers from Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, including all three of the firm’s founders.

The publication’s employment law category includes M. Malissa Burnette, Nekki Shutt and Janet Rhodes. Kathleen McDaniel is among the Legal Elite in environmental law.

“It’s great to see four people from our firm recognized,” Burnette said. “That’s a strong statement from our peers.”

In employment law, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA attorneys account for almost a third of the Top 10.

“A lot of people think of a big firm when they need legal help,” Shutt said. “This demonstrates the power of a small firm of skilled lawyers who are passionate about what they do.”

McDaniel said it’s that passion and commitment that led to the creation of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel. “We all get excited about the cases that make a difference, whether we’re changing the law or helping neighbors resolve a dispute.”

McDaniel represents businesses and individuals in a range of environmental issues. Many involve planning and permitting for projects. Administrative law and utility issues also are part of her practice.

Shutt and Burnette are both certified specials in South Carolina employment law. Along with Rhodes, they represent clients in the full range of civil rights and discrimination issues. Shutt’s practice also includes employee benefits such as those under federal ERISA law.

About 2017 Legal Elite of the Midlands

Legal Elite of the Midlands is a yearly publication of “Columbia Business Monthly.” Honorees are listed in the August edition and recognized at an October reception.

The Legal Elite selection process begins with nominations from more than 1,000 active lawyers in the Midlands. Attorney votes then narrow the nominees to a top 10 in each of 20 practice areas.

In addition to environmental law and employment law, the attorneys at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel practice government law and general litigation.

The firm also includes an attorney who also is a privacy professional. That credential positions her to help clients with data security issues. She can advise clients on creating policies and help with recovery if there’s a data breach.