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
•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
Speaking & Writing
•Employment Law Certificate Series: Building Workplaces That Win
June 10, 2015
•Two Supreme Court Rulings Improve Employer's Ability to Defend Against Harassment, Retaliation Claims
July 25, 2013
•Tech Support - The FLSA’s Specialized Exemption
October 22, 2014
•Independent Contractors: The NLRB Refines its Standards
November 6, 2014