Lucas Asper represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in South Carolina since 1990. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2004, where he majored in Sociology. In 2008, he graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe. Upon graduating from law school, Lucas was one of three students awarded the Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association.
Prior to law school, Lucas served as a project manager for a lumber supply company/building components manufacturer in Columbia, South Carolina, where Lucas managed numerous multi-family and single-family construction projects.
Lucas and Daniel Sulton will present "Effectively Managing Employee Leaves of Absence."
Tom Bright has spent his entire legal career practicing labor and employment law representing management. As a litigator, Tom has handled cases ranging from sexual harassment matters, to wage payment matters, to all nature of employment discrimination matters. Tom has also advised clients through administrative audits conducted by state and federal Departments of Labor, issues related to affirmative action, overtime pay, and payment of wages issues.
Community involvement has also been a trademark of Tom’s career as an attorney. He has served as a member of the local YMCA board and the board of the local Red Cross. He has volunteered his time as a coach in baseball, basketball, and football for local youth sports teams. Professionally, Tom has served in various positions in the Labor and Employment Law Section of the South Carolina Bar Association, serving as publications chair, co-chair of the Annual North Carolina/South Carolina joint employment law CLE program, and Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the South Carolina bar.
Tom and Chuck McDonald will present "The Future of the New Overtime Rule and Other Compensation Developments."
Ashley Cuttino concentrates her practice in management-side employment litigation, including defending claims against wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract. She also has a broader general litigation practice that has allowed her to defend clients in complex toxic tort actions, class actions, asbestos personal injury defense, construction defect cases, and FELA claims for railroad clients. Ashley’s specialty is complex litigation, class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation. She also advises clients in the area of traditional labor law and has defended both small businesses and national companies in their effort to be union-free.
Ashley is also actively involved in raising the profile of women in her own firm, in the legal community and in her local community. Ashley is the Co-Chair of the Ogletree Deakins Women’s Initiative, is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and is Past-Chair of the Greenville YWCA.
Ashley and Mike Shetterly will present "Let Me Be Me! Individual Expression at Work."
Chuck McDonald practices primarily in the area of employment litigation. The Supreme Court of South Carolina has certified him as a specialist in employment and labor law. He also counsels employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. Chuck represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes.
Chuck litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-compete agreements. He also drafts and reviews policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. He also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.
Chuck and Tom Bright will present "The Future of the New Overtime Rule and Other Compensation Developments."
John Merrell represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including: preventive employment and labor law advice, including addressing matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); union avoidance and union campaigns; employee relations; drafting employment policies and procedures; training on positive employee relations and other aspects of labor and employment law; and, federal and state litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, non-compete covenants, and breach of employment agreements.
John is a native of Walhalla. He graduated with honors from Clemson University in 2003, where he majored in financial management. In 2006, he graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the staff of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Wig and Robe.
John and Penny Wofford will present "What Do You Mean I’m Their Employer?"
Mike Shetterly is the managing shareholder in the Greenville office. He has a blended practice, focusing on litigation and proactive advice to clients. In litigation, he focuses on the ultimate objective of the client and tries to streamline the approach to litigation to hone in on the core objectives and outcome determinative issues.
Mike routinely provides training and real world advice to human resources teams, general counsels, and supervisors on best practices, particularly with regard to discrimination laws (Title VII), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), social media, and independent contractor versus employment relationships.
Mike and Ashley Cuttino will present "Let Me Be Me! Individual Expression at Work."
James Silvers assists employers with human resources and employment-related matters, including matters related to employee on-boarding and background checks, termination, discrimination, and employment contracts. As a member of the firm's Background Check Advice Team, James regularly counsels clients on practical, lawful ways to comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, Title VII, and state mini-FCRAs. He also regularly advises employers on ADA and FMLA matters and RIF matters (including ADEA, OWBPA, and WARN issues).
Prior to becoming a lawyer, James taught history to high school students, where he honed and refined his teaching and counseling skills.
James and Stephen Woods will present "It’s a Dangerous World!"
Daniel Sulton is a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group and focuses his practice in the area of employee benefit plan compliance and litigation. Daniel brings a unique perspective to his practice, having worked in human resources as a manager of employee benefit plans and payroll, in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company and in private practice.
Daniel is a frequent speaker on employee benefits topics and has been quoted in several national publications, including the National Law Journal, Employee Benefit News, and Inside Counsel.
Daniel and Lucas Asper will present "Effectively Managing Employee Leaves of Absence."
Penny Wofford is a South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. She concentrates her practice in the area of employment litigation and employee benefits. She advises and defends employers, employer-sponsored plans, and plan fiduciaries against all types of claims under ERISA and employment discrimination laws. Penny not only provides proactive counseling and legal advice to employers and management regarding human resources issues but also assists employers with the design, drafting, and administration of welfare benefit plans. Penny is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and employee leave topics and regularly provides company and supervisor training on employment discrimination, documentation and confidentiality.
During law school, Penny served as a member of the University of South Carolina Law Review from 1996 until 1998.
Penny and John Merrell will present "What Do You Mean I’m Their Employer?"
Stephen Woods represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law. He assists national, regional, and local clients on counseling/preventive, EEOC and employment litigation, and traditional labor (union) issues and questions. He is the chair of the firm's Background Check Advice Group and the shareholder-author of the firm's O-D Comply: Background Check subscription materials. Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen served as the manager of administrative services at The Greenville News (Greenville, SC), where he managed the HR function for this newspaper publishing company.
Stephen lives by a client-centric mantra which combines prevention and practicality to create innovative, business-centered solutions which comply with the law. Making national clients happy and satisfied takes a unique skill set, which Stephen has developed and honed during his work with clients and the firm since 1996.
Stephen and James Silvers will present "It’s a Dangerous World!"