Burnette Shutt & McDaniel earns top-tier honors in ‘Best Law Firms’

COLUMBIA, SC – Once again, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel ranks among the Columbia area’s top law firms in a national directory.

The firm earned Tier 1 honors in Employment Law – Individuals and in Litigation – Labor and Employment Law – Individuals in the just-released edition of “Best Law Firms.” Burnette Shutt & McDaniel has ranked in the top tier of those employment law practice areas every year since the firm’s inception.

The firm earned additional honors in six other practice areas: Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – ERISA, and Mediation.

“It’s always exciting to see the dedication and skills of our attorneys recognized,” firm co-founder Malissa Burnette said. “It’s even more meaningful when the recognition comes from our peers, who see our efforts every day to move law forward.”

About ‘Best Law Firms’

The “Best Law Firms” evaluation process starts with the peer-reviewed “Best Lawyers in America.” To qualify for “Best Law Firms,” at least one of the firm’s attorneys must be included in the same year’s “Best Lawyers.”

Four Burnette Shutt & McDaniel lawyers are included in the 2021 “Best Lawyers” and its companion piece, “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.”

All told, Burnette, Nekki Shutt, Janet Rhodes and Grant Burnette LeFever earned 17 honors. Shutt led the way with awards in eight practice areas. All four were recognized for their work as litigators.

Final selections for “Best Law Firms” also can include client surveys and professional references addressing areas such as responsiveness, cost effectiveness and civility.

Though most of the honors involved employment law, Shutt points out that the firm was honored in nine varied practice areas.

“Certainly we have a reputation as an employment law and civil rights firm, and we take great pride in our work in those areas,” she said. “But we battle for clients in other areas, too. It’s always a great day for us when we’re able to help people who come to us seeking justice, no matter their cause.”