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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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Benjamin Dudek

Ben Dudek is an associate in the Columbia office. He represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters.

Ben enjoys working with both large and small businesses to come up with solutions to their everyday employment needs. He has represented clients in numerous litigation matters involving Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), wage and hour laws, and non-competition agreements. Ben also drafts employment handbooks and drug testing policies for clients with operations across the country. In addition, he assists clients...
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C. F. W. Manning II

Fred Manning is a partner in the firm’s Columbia office. He has extensive experience litigating employment law matters involving civil rights, contracts, and wrongful termination claims.

He regularly provides advice and assistance to employers regarding the drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants, employment contracts and corrective action. Fred has assisted employers throughout the United States in union related matters.

He also has extensive experience in representing private colleges and universities in matters relating to employment and faculty and student issues.

Fred is the author of “Public Policy Exception Open to Possible Expansion in Employment At-Will Situations”...
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Cheryl L. Behymer

Cheryl Behymer is a Partner in the Columbia office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, as well as the Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance Practice Group. She assists clients by providing timely and practical counsel, training and audit defense in affirmative action, workplace harassment, employee leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other labor and employment issues.

Cheryl defends employers who are responding to administrative charges, actively involved in litigation, or are participating in compliance reviews conducted by the Office of Federal Contract...
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Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. His practice includes workplace safety compliance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 22 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety cases including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in legislative...
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George A. Reeves III

George (Trey) Reeves is a partner in the Columbia office. His practice primarily involves representation of management in employment and labor litigation involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and employment litigation under state law for workplace torts such as defamation, wrongful termination, invasion of privacy, and negligent hiring or supervision. George also represents employers in audits and investigations by federal and state agencies investigating or challenging employers’ wage and hour practices and...
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Grant Wills

Grant Wills is an associate in the firm’s Columbia office representing employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. Grant currently works on matters involving worker misclassification, non-compete and restrictive covenants, discrimination and retaliation claims, and alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to attending law school, Grant gained legislative and regulatory-compliance experience working for the U.S. Senate as a Senate Page and as an intern for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. Before joining the firm, Grant also developed a unique perspective into class actions and trial strategy while working for one of the largest American...
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James "Jay" Glunt

Jay Glunt takes a hybrid approach to solving workplace problems. First and foremost, Jay guides clients away from litigation through regular and proactive counseling. This counseling covers areas such as workforce changes, strategic restructurings, wage/hour compliance, improvement of policies and procedures, making safe hire/fire and disciplinary decisions, dealing with work/family balance issues, and maintaining compliance with ever-changing COVID-19 laws and regulations. Jay negotiates employment contracts and deals with issues relating to executive compensation. And Jay is skilled in conducting workplace investigations. All of these make up Jay’s “guard rail” practice, the point of which is to stay out of...
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J. Hagood Tighe

Hagood Tighe is a partner in the firm's Columbia office. He practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in traditional labor matters and employment litigation.

Hagood is a member of the firm's class and collective action group. In recent years, Hagood has handled approximately 25-30 class and collective actions throughout the country. The vast majority of his class and collective experience is in the wage and hour area.

While he maintains an active litigation practice, he also focuses on providing practical and proactive advice designed to minimize the risk of litigation.

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Lorie Maring

Lorie Maring focuses her practice on helping employers navigate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other state and federal laws impacting the design, implementation and ongoing compliance of their employee benefit plans and programs.

She regularly advises clients on the Affordable Care Act, health and welfare benefits, qualified plans, executive compensation, Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and multiemployer plan issues.

Lorie also represents employers in managing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) audits, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and fiduciary obligations. She serves clients in the public and private sector,...
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Matthew R. Korn

Matthew Korn is an attorney in the firm’s Columbia office representing employers in all areas of employment, labor and health and safety law.

Matthew litigates both single-plaintiff and class and collective actions arising under a variety of federal and state employment laws. Matthew advises clients on day-to-day employment issues arising under statutes such as Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, he assists employers with traditional labor...
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Phillip C. Bauknight

Phil represents and serves as trusted counsel for employers in a broad range of employment, business, and labor issues. As part of his practice, Phil handles OSHA and workplace safety matters across the country. He routinely helps clients contest and litigate OSHA citations and has experience representing employers during OSHA inspections and investigations, conducting OSHA compliance audits, and defending whistleblower/retaliation claims as well as providing OSHA compliance counseling to clients. Phil also counsels and represents his clients on employee hiring, discipline, and termination issues, performance management, discrimination, retaliation, employee leave, and disability accommodations issues.

In addition, as Chair...
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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...
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Reyburn W. Lominack III

Reyburn Lominack is a partner in the firm’s Columbia office. He is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. Only 63 of the approximately 10,000 practicing attorneys in South Carolina carry this distinction.

A significant percentage of Reyburn’s practice is devoted to representing employers in traditional labor matters, including union avoidance campaigns, grievance arbitrations, strikes/lockouts, successorship issues, collective bargaining negotiations, and unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board. He has handled matters in all but four of the Board’s twenty-six regions and has advised clients on labor...
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Shanon Stevenson

Shanon Randhawa Stevenson is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Atlanta office, Chair of the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Co-Chair of the Immigration Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Taskforce. Her practice focuses on immigration law in the information technology, financial services, healthcare, education, and manufacturing industries.

Shanon focuses on the underlying business issues that prompt organizations to obtain legal counsel, knowing that the compliance and regulatory aspects of maintaining a successful immigration program can distract employers from pursuing their core competencies and business objectives. Shanon partners with clients to alleviate that distraction and...
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Sheila M. Willis

Sheila Willis is an associate at the law firm of Fisher Phillips LLP. She represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, frequently advising clients regarding hiring, discipline, investigations, and other related issues. She handles matters related to employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation, OFCCP compliance, unemployment proceedings, as well as providing training for supervisors and managers on harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) compliance, the Family Medical Leave Act and many other areas.

Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Sheila practiced in a regional civil defense firm, representing employers in litigation and a variety of administrative proceedings....
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Travis W. Vance

Travis Vance is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. He has tried matters across several industries and various subject matters, including employment litigation, business disputes and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He uses unique or outside-the-box approaches to counsel employers and owners on all aspects of employment law and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment and workplace safety-related claims. Travis handles litigation in both federal and state courts as well as claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment...
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