Malissa Burnette honored among Top 50 Most Influential in the Midlands

Employment lawyer Malissa BurnetteCongratulations to our co-founder Malissa Burnette, recognized in Columbia Business Monthly’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential in the Midlands.

It’s the second time she’s made the list. In 2016, she and firm co-founder Nekki Shutt were cited for their work as part of the legal team fighting for marriage equality in South Carolina.

The new honor recognizes her role in the battle for reproductive rights in South Carolina. She, along with firm co-founder Kathleen McDaniel and attorney Grant Burnette LeFever, have long been part of the legal team representing Planned Parenthood in state and federal court actions. The most recent litigation in the five-year fight asks the South Carolina courts to clear up ambiguity in the state’s draconian six-week abortion ban.

Malissa has been certified as a South Carolina Supreme Court specialist in labor and employment law since 1993. She has earned numerous community and professional honors throughout her illustrious career.

In addition to employment law, Malissa’s practice also includes civil rights law, constitutional rights, discrimination, sexual harassment, and equal pay issues. A skilled litigator, she represents clients in state and federal courts.

Her impressive record includes federal cases that paved the way for women to attend state-supported military schools and that make it clear girls can play contact sports in public schools.