Shutt wins fifth Lawyer of the Year award in Best Lawyers

COLUMBIA, SC – The new edition of Best Lawyers in America is again honoring Burnette Shutt & McDaniel co-founder Nekki Shutt with a Lawyer of the Year award for the Columbia area.

It’s her second consecutive Lawyer of the Year recognition and her fifth overall. This year’s top honors come in the practice area of Litigation – ERISA, and it’s the third time she’s won Lawyer of the Year for Columbia in that practice area.

Overall, Shutt is recognized in nine practice areas in the 2024 edition of the annual directory of the nation’s leading attorneys. The honors recognize the amazing breadth of her practice, coming in diverse areas ranging from commercial litigation to civil rights to qui tam whistleblower law.

“It’s truly been an honor to work closely with Nekki for more than a decade,” Burnette Shutt & McDaniel co-founder Malissa Burnette said. “It’s great to see our peers in the Columbia legal community recognize what we’re privileged to get an up-close view of on a daily basis: Nekki’s immense skills, her fierce determination and her unflagging commitment to her clients.”

A South Carolina certified specialist in employment law, Shutt’s ERISA practice includes fighting for employees who are wrongfully denied short- or long-term disability, group life insurance and group health insurance claims. She also protects their rights to healthcare benefits under ERISA and similar South Carolina laws.

In addition to Shutt, eight other Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorneys are included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America and its companion pieces, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: Burnette, Kathleen McDaniel, Jack Cohoon, Amanda Mueller, Stuart Andrews, Samantha Albrecht,

Grant Burnette LeFever, and Sarah Cox.

The firm has a long history of inclusion in Best Lawyers, with individuals earning recognition since 2003. Burnette Shutt & McDaniel has been recognized in Best Law Firms in America, a companion piece, every year through 2023 since the firm was founded. The 2024 edition of Best Law Firms will be released in November.

About Best Lawyers

For more than four decades, Best Lawyers in America has served as an annual guide to the nation’s leading attorneys. The selection process for both Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch, which is limited to attorneys with less than 10 years’ practice, begins with evaluations from other attorneys in the same practice areas and cities. The attorney with the highest overall peer feedback is designated Lawyer of the Year in each practice area and city.