Fighting for college students who were sexually harassed. Battling under Title IX to end discrimination against female coaches and athletes. Defending a child bullied at school. Throughout her legal career, Samantha Albrecht has remained committed to balancing the scales of justice for those without the power to do so on their own.
Her practice focuses on employment law, including workplace discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, defamation, and more. She also practices civil rights law, often taking up Title VII discrimination cases against public and private employers. Her education law work has included cases against colleges and public schools. A fierce litigator determined to hold individuals, businesses and public agencies accountable, Samantha’s practice also includes qui tam whistleblower cases.
Before joining Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Samantha practiced employment law for five years in Columbia. She joined her previous firm after graduating cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. During her time as a student, she was honored for outstanding achievement in property, real estate and land use law. She also worked as a research associate for a noted civil procedure and family law professor and served as a law clerk for a business litigation firm. Additionally, Samantha studied at the University of Bordeaux in France through a legal exchange student program.
Samantha first came to South Carolina as an undergraduate, studying for two years at the University of South Carolina before finishing her political science degree at Northern Illinois University.
Passionate about serving others, she’s volunteered to build schools and to clean chemical waste from the water supply in Nicaragua.
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- New York
- Northern Illinois University College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
- Brewster Parker Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Property, Real Estate and Land Use Law
- Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow for the Center for Disability and Elder Law
- Delta Theta Phi scholarly legal fraternity
- Environmental Law Society, president
- Women’s Law Caucus
- American Constitutional Society
- Juvenile Interest Law Society, vice president
- Environmental Law Society, treasurer
- Gay-Straight Alliance, secretary
- Study abroad, University of Bordeaux in France
- Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Art, Political Science
- Pre Law Society
- University of South Carolina
- Studied political science
- Polyvox Acapella Group
- South Carolina Bar
- Young Lawyers Division
- American Bar Association
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
- South Carolina Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- “Legal Elite of the Midlands,” by Columbia Business Monthly in Education and Labor and Employment, 2020 to present
- South Carolina Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter 2018
“The Reference Riddle,” South Carolina Lawyer, May 2020
“Title IX—For More than Student Athletes,” SC Bar, Recent Developments in Employment Law for 2022: Mid-Year CLE, May 13, 2022.