James A. Byars: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

James A. Byars

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes
  • Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Employment & Labor Law
University The Citadel, B.A., 2007
Law SchoolWake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2010
Admitted2010, South Carolina

James A. Jimmy Byars is an associate in the Employment and Labor Law Group.

Jimmy has experience assisting clients in a broad array of employment and labor matters, including those involving:

•Employee theft of trade secrets
•Enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements
•Employment discrimination pursuant to Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA
•Wage claims pursuant to the FLSA and the SC Payment of Wages Act
•ERISA litigation
•Administrative investigations and enforcement pursuant to OSHA and the NLRA
•State unemployment insurance tax appeals
•Development and implementation of employment policies and employee handbooks

In 2007, Jimmy earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Criminal Justice from The Citadel, where he was a Summerall Guard and a member of the Honor Committee. In 2010, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a member of the National Moot Court team and served as Counsel for the Respondent on the Honor Council.

A native of Columbia, Jimmy worked for Nexsen Pruet as a courier and as a law clerk before joining the firm as an attorney.


•Recipient of CALI Awards in Employment Discrimination, Workers' Compensation, Civil Procedure II and Legal Research and Writing I & II
•Finalist, 2008 George K. Walker Moot Court Competition
•Semifinalist, 2008 Edwin Stanley Moot Court Competition
•Semifinalist, 2009 Stetson International/Environmental Moot Court Competition

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Supreme Court Expands Religious Discrimination Liability
James A. Byars, August 5, 2015
Most employers know that Title VII prohibits discrimination against applicants or employees based on religion. They also know that Title VII requires employers to provide reasonable, religion-based accommodations to employees who express such a need. But a recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court...
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James A. Byars

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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