Janet Rhodes honored with Leadership in Law Award

An experienced employment lawyer and partner at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Janet Rhodes is receiving a Leadership in Law Award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

She, along with 27 other recipients, will be honored at a March 13 banquet in Charleston.

Rhodes has been with Burnette Shutt & McDaniel since the firm’s inception, becoming a partner in 2018. A skilled litigator who fights in all levels of state and federal courts in South Carolina, Rhodes represents clients in a wide variety of employment law cases, including discrimination, equal pay, contract disputes, wage disputes, wrongful termination, and non-disclosure agreements.

“We’ve always admired Janet’s talent, dedication and commitment,” Kathleen McDaniel said. A co-founder of the firm, McDaniel nominated Rhodes for the award. “It’s great to see her accomplishments recognized on a statewide level.”

Community and professional leadership

Rhodes serves the legal profession through leadership positions in the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section and through teaching numerous continuing legal education seminars. She assisted with the recent edition of “Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers,” updating the chapter on age discrimination in the South Carolina Bar publication.

Rhodes has addressed community and professional organizations as well, sharing her knowledge on a range of employment law topics.

Outside of her legal practice, she shares her time with community organizations. Rhodes currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Trustus Theatre. She was a member of the planning committee for the Midlands Arts Conservatory, helping get the public magnet school up and running.

The arts organizations are a natural fit for Rhodes, who performed for four seasons with the Sandlapper Singers in Columbia. While earning her bachelor’s degree at Wofford College, she performed with three musical ensembles.

The Leadership in Law Award recognizes attorneys who have achieved professional success while making an impact on the legal profession and on society. A panel of judges consisting of leaders in the legal community thoroughly reviews all nominations and selects recipients.

Leadership in Law is in its 12th year. McDaniel and firm co-founder Nekki Shutt are past Leadership in Law recipients.