Rhodes becomes Burnette Shutt & McDaniel’s newest partner

Janet Rhodes, a seasoned litigator and employment lawyer who’s practiced for almost a decade in Columbia, is the newest partner at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel.

Janet is a native of Ninety Six in Greenwood County. Watching a relative battle pay discrimination as she was growing up inspired her to become a lawyer.

“When clients come to Janet with a work-related legal issue, they get more than a highly skilled lawyer. They’re also hiring someone who understands their struggles on a deep level,” Burnette Shutt & McDaniel co-founder Malissa Burnette said.

Nekki Shutt, another of the firm’s founding partners, said that even before she and Rhodes began working together four years ago, Rhodes’ commitment to justice impressed her. “Janet personifies the traits we want Burnette Shutt & McDaniel to be known for: a fierce commitment to clients and causes, with the legal savvy to back it up.”

A wide-ranging employment law practice

Rhodes represents clients in a range of employment law matters in state and federal courts in South Carolina. This includes sex, age, disability and race discrimination as well as equal pay, wage and hour and sexual harassment cases.

She also helps clients resolve contract disputes. Rhodes has reviewed and negotiated non-compete agreements and non-solicitation employment restrictions. She drafts employment agreements and severance agreements.

Her employment law work includes cases involving Title VII, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A magna cum laude graduate of Wofford College, where she was an All-Conference athlete in track and field, Rhodes earned her Juris Doctor at the Charleston School of Law. She then clerked for the Hon. J. Ernest Kinard of South Carolina’s Fifth Circuit Court and interned with the Hon. Henry F. Floyd, who was a U.S. District Court judge at the time.

Rhodes is active in the legal community, presenting CLEs and training seminars. She’s the chair of the South Carolina Bar Employment and Labor Law Section EEO Committee.

She’s served the community as well. She was a founding board member of the Midlands Arts Conservatory, a new public charter school with a focus in the arts. She’s a past member of the Sandlapper Singers, South Carolina’s premiere choral ensemble.