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Year founded: 2017
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Burnette Shutt & McDaniel attorneys have dedicated their careers to moving law forward. They've succeeded, too, winning key battles that have protected the rights of others. They've fought in landmark cases that gave women the right to attend any state-supported college they choose and helped establish marriage equality in South Carolina. They've battled to make sure incarcerated men and women receive the mental-health services they need. They've stood up for reproductive rights on numerous fronts.

The firm's attorneys fight just as hard for client in cases that might not set legal precedent but make major differences in their lives. They help people in disputes with homeowners associations and protect employees’ benefits. They stand by students, parents, and teachers in disputes with school systems. They work to help LGBTQ+ clients with gender-affirmed name and gender-marker changes, and they represent clients in all aspects of family law. The firm counts among its partners one of only a handful of South Carolina members of the LGBTQ+ Family Law Institute, a joint venture of the LGBTQ+ Bar and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.


Burnette Shutt McDaniel is metro ranked in 10 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Columbia-SC, SC
Tier 1 for Civil Rights Law
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA


Metro Rankings

Columbia-SC, SC
Tier 1 for Civil Rights Law
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 2 for Health Care Law
Tier 2 for Mediation
Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Education
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Family Law
  • Labor and Employment Law - Employee
  • Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Qui Tam Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Significant Matters

Below are matters chosen by the firm to highlight.
  • The United States of America and Nancy Mellette v. James E. Jones, Jr., Chairman, Board of Visitors of The Citadel: Cased paved the way for women to attend state-supported military schools
  • Represented a South Carolina girl in a case that established that girls could play contact sports in South Carolina public schools
  • Condon v Haley, helped establish marriage equality in South Carolina
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and Julie Edwards v Joshua Baker, Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, a federal lawsuit contesting South Carolina's refusal to let Medicaid patients be treated at Planned Parenthood clinics
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic et al v Alan Wilson, a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's abortion ban
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic et al v. State of South Carolina et al, complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to clarify its ruling upholding South Carolina's fetal "heartbeat" law
  • Disability Rights South Carolina v. Richland County, a federal lawsuit challenging conditions at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
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