Shutt earns Lawyer of the Year honors for ERISA work in Best Lawyers in America

Nekki Shutt has earned a Lawyer of the Year award in the new edition of Best Lawyers in America. It’s the third consecutive year she’s received top honors in the national guide to the legal profession.

A founding partner of Burnett Shutt & McDaniel in Columbia, SC, Shutt won Lawyer of the Year in of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. In the 2018 edition, she earned the distinction in Employment Law – Individuals. In 2017 she won in Litigation – ERISA.

Shutt’s varied legal practice includes extensive work with ERISA benefits. The federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act governs any benefits employees get at work. This can include pensions, health insurance, life insurance, long- or short-term disability benefits and more.

Shutt wrote the chapter on ERISA in the SC Bar’s guide to South Carolina employment law. She often represents workers who have been denied these benefits.

A South Carolina Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law, Shutt also represents clients in issues such as discrimination, wage disputes and wrongful termination. She’s an experienced trial attorney honored in two litigation-related practice areas in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers.

In addition to Shutt, employment lawyers M. Malissa Burnette and Janet Rhodes also are included in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers. Burnette Shutt and McDaniel received 11 awards overall across eight practice area. 

About 2019 Best Lawyers in America 

The path toward inclusion in Best Lawyers begins with a nomination from a fellow attorney. Next, attorneys highlighted in past editions of Best Lawyers complete confidential evaluations of attorneys in the same practice areas in their cities. Best Lawyers conducts independent research and complies all the data in order to make final selections.

Lawyers of the Year awards go to the attorney with the highest overall peer feedback in their city.

Best Law Firms in America, a companion publication that bases its awards on Best Lawyers data, comes out yearly in November. Burnette Shutt & McDaniel ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in two employment law practice areas for the Columbia, SC metropolitan area in the 2018 edition.