Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd attorneys represent private and public employers in every facet of management-side employment law, including discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful-discharge, workforce reduction planning, immigration issues, and restrictive-covenant enforcement. Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd employment lawyers also work with clients on traditional labor matters, including union avoidance and decertification training, developing strike plans, stroke control and resolution, collective bargaining, and arbitration.
Chris Gantt-Sorenson focuses her legal practice on helping employers, providing advice and counsel on all employment law issues that arise as well as defending them in litigation brought against them by their employees. Her practice areas include ACA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA, Title VII, ERISA, and SC employment-related laws. She has represented employers during investigations and audits by the DOL, EEOC, SCHAC, SCDEW, as well as in state and federal courts. Chris also provides annual employment law training for her clients and is a well-known presenter on all issues employment law. She currently serves as Legislative Director for South Carolina SHRM State Council. She also heads HSB’s Employment Law Team.
Lisa R. Claxton is a labor and employment attorney in the firm’s Greenville office. Lisa regularly represents businesses in employment litigation before federal, state and local regulatory agencies in matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate and wrongful termination. She provides advice and counsel to employers and human resource professionals and conducts training on employment laws including Title VII, FMLA and ADA. Lisa is a skilled negotiator with experience developing strategies for helping clients assess risk and providing practical recommendations for resolution. Lisa is experienced in representing businesses in whistleblower matters and has successfully tried multiple whistleblower claims before a regulatory agency.
Perry MacLennan is a workforce and business lawyer in the firm’s Charleston office. He counsels clients daily on human resource concerns such as hiring, firing, leave, discrimination, safety and immigration. A skilled litigator when employment and business disputes arise, Perry has argued before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and routinely handles lawsuits in both state and federal court. He has experience representing companies in government investigations from OSHA, the EEOC and the Department of Labor. He is active in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division where he currently serves on the Member Service Project Team and the Labor and Employment Committee. Perry is also active in the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division serving on the iCivics Committee, Special Olympics Committee and Professional Development Committee.
Denny Major is a litigator in the firm’s Greenville office. Denny has devoted a significant portion of his practice to helping clients in the prosecution and defense of employment related disputes involving trade secrets, copyright, and contractual issues. He has used his litigation experience to advise employers in the areas of non-compete agreements and trade secrets outside of the litigation arena. Recently, Denny has also defended employers in Fair Labor Standards Act disputes. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Professionals United for Leadership and Social Enrichment (PULSE), and serves as a board member for the Greenville Literacy Association.
Demetrius Pyburn is an associate in the firm’s Greenville office. He focuses his practice on employment law and counsels clients on everyday compliance issues involving the ADA, FMLA, Title VII and other employment-related regulations. Prior to joining our firm, Demetrius served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in the U.S. Army. He continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Human Resources Specialist in the 812th Transportation Headquarters. Demetrius is active with the American Bar Association, serving as Vice Chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee.
Garrett D. Steck has experience in managing cases and representing multinational corporations, small businesses, and individual clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Department of State, and the US Department of Labor. His practice facilitates the movement of key executives, management, and technical workers and their family members into the US by obtaining and maintaining temporary and permanent visas for specialty occupation workers, NAFTA professionals, intra-company transferees, investors/traders, nonagricultural workers, exchange visitors and for aliens possessing extraordinary ability. Mr. Steck also provides strategic consulting and advice concerning foreign workforce availability for new US start-up operations and the impacts to foreign workforce associated with mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and other downsizing efforts. Mr. Steck provides counseling and guidance with regard to E-Verify, I9, and SCIIRA employment verification compliance matters. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and frequent lecturer on employment-based immigration topics.