Phillips McWilliams

Phillips McWilliams is a litigator who makes sure he understands his client’s business objectives. He provides a tailored approach to each issue or case a client brings to him with the goal of ensuring the client can reach those objectives, thus ensuring a satisfactory result. Ultimately, he understands that each company he represents is a business that serves the community and the company can only continue its business if he works to find creative, long-term solutions to their problems.

Phillips regularly counsels employers on a variety of employment and labor issues in an effort to avoid litigation, to include decisions regarding hiring, discipline, investigations, and other related issues. He also gives talks to management and leadership in companies on harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) compliance, the Family Medical Leave Act and many other areas.

An active litigator and appellate lawyer, Phillips handles lawsuits involving discrimination, non-competition, harassment, defamation, USERRA violations, and other federal and state employment law issues. He has extensive experience with appeals and argued multiple cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Phillips also assists employers in traditional labor law matters. He has assisted clients facing union campaigns and unfair labor practice proceedings.

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Established in 1948, FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP is one of the country’s oldest and largest firms devoted exclusively to representing employers in labor, employment, wage-hour, workplace safety and health, employee benefits, and business immigration law. Our depth and breadth of experience in these niche areas are unsurpassed.

Our practice includes counseling and defending employers under all major federal and state labor, employment, employee benefits, workplace safety and health, and business immigration laws and regulations including, among others: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Americans With Disabilities Act, The Civil Rights Act, Title VII, The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act, The Employee Polygraph Protection Act, The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, The Equal Pay Act, The Fair Credit Reporting Act, The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, The Immigration Reform and Control Act, The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, The National Labor Relations Act, The Railway Labor Act, and The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Our lawyers practice in federal and state courts throughout the United States and are admitted to the bars of most states. In addition to representing employers in traditional litigation, we also represent employers in federal, state and local administrative proceedings, mediation and arbitration, collective bargaining and administration of collective bargaining agreements, and informally in resolving threatened claims prior to the institution of formal proceedings.

As a result of our representation of employers in traditional litigation and formal claims proceedings, we have acquired considerable expertise in developing and implementing policies, practices, and procedures to help employers minimize or avoid the occurrence of employment-related claims, the risk of liability from such claims, or other forces that may interfere with employer rights.

We represent small, medium and large clients in a wide variety of industries. Our clients range from sole proprietorships to multi-national conglomerates. They are located throughout the United States, with concentrations of clients located around each of our offices.

Our thirty-one offices are located in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.


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