William H. Floyd, III: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William H. Floyd, III

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits Guidance and Litigation
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Employment & Labor Law Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Economic Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
University Wofford College, B.A., 1984
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina, J.D., 1987
Admitted1987, South Carolina; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States District Court for the District of SC

Civic & Professional Memberships

•Certified Labor and Employment Specialist
•Certified Arbitrator (SC)
•Certified Mediator (SC and USDSC)
•South Carolina Bar - Employment and Labor Law Section (Past Chairman)
•Best Lawyers in America since 2008
•South Carolina Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law since 2009
•Staff Judge Advocate (COL), S.C. State Guard
•SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Board of Directors (2014-present)
•SC Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009 - 2012)
•Lexington School District One Educational Foundation (Board Member, 2009- 2015)
•Society for Human Resource Managers, Columbia Chapter (President, 2008-2009; Board of Directors, 2005 - present)
•Midlands Special Needs Foundation (Board Member, 2008-present)
•BSA Troop 221 (Committee Member, 2007-2014)
•SC Governor's Disabilities Council (2010)
•S.C. Autism Society (Board of Directors, 2000-2002)
•Adjunct Professor, U.S.C. School of Law (1999)
•Greenville Young Lawyers Association (Former President, 1996)
•Leadership Greenville - Class of 1997
•Leadership Columbia - Class of 1998


For nearly 30 years, William has excelled at helping employers of all sizes and industries with important labor and employment problems. William reduces employers' legal risks by conducting interactive training for management teams, creating effective personnel policies, and counseling them through day-to-day as well as complex human resource issues. And, where litigation is inevitable, he helps achieve the employer's objectives.

His experience is broad-based, ranging from traditional labor issues - such as labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, and union campaigns - to important employment law issues - such as discrimination charges, lawsuits, severance preparation, non-competition disputes, FMLA, FLSA, OSHA, and ERISA-related cases.

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Related News
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
William Floyd Appointed to SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Board
February 27, 2014

Related Events
Employment Law Quarterly Breakfast Briefing: FLSA Update
September 22, 2015
Employment Law Certificate Series: Building Workplaces That Win
October 14, 2015

Related Insights
“Top 10 Signs of Union Activity”
May 30, 2014
“Protecting Your Employees' Right to Work”
October 2, 2015
Tricks or Treats: Human Resources Challenges Ahead
October 26, 2015


Selected Presentations - 2015
•Columbia SHRM Legal Workshop (April 16, 2015)
•S.C. SHRM Conference (October 2015)
•Judge Advocate Training Program, SGAUS (October 30, 2015)
•First Sun EAP Advisory Panel (November 5, 2015)

Selected Articles
• Protecting Your Employees' Right to Work, S.C. Workforce and Jobs Report (Sept. 2015).
•“A Multimillion Dollar Problem - Challenges for S.C.'s Unemployment Compensation System, ” SC Business Journal (Nov./Dec. 2009).
•South Carolina Unemployment Cooperation Handbook, SC Chamber of Commerce (2008) (co-editor).
•Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, South Carolina Bar (2007) (contributing author).
•“The Electronic Workplace: Blogs, Cybersmears and Similar Changes, ” South Carolina Lawyer (May 2006) (co-author).
•Smart Move: An Employer's Legal Guide to Hiring People with Disabilities, (South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (2005).
•“South Carolina's Handbook Law, ” South Carolina Lawyer (Nov. 2004) (co-author).
•“Exempt or Non-Exempt?: Historic Changes to FLSA Regulations Proposed, ” South Carolina Business Journal (May 2003).
•“Mandatory Arbitration: A Cure-All for Employment Disputes?”, South Carolina Lawyer (January/February 2002) (co-author).
•“Military Leave Rights and Responsibilities, ” South Carolina Business Journal (November 2001) (co-author).
•“DOL's 2000 Study: FMLA Compliance is 'Easy' and Other Findings, ” South Carolina Business Journal (February 2001).

Outside Nexsen Pruet

William is a Colonel in the South Carolina State Guard where he serves as the Staff Judge Advocate. And, probably more frequently than they would like, he occasionally spends weekends checking in on his children in college.

Reported CasesNotable: National ERISA counsel for an employer with more than 80, 000 employees; Successfully concluded FLSA matters involving thousands of employees; Defended OSHA claims brought against employers in a variety of industries including customer service, agri-business, and manufacturing; Successfully defended numerous wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in multiple jurisdictions and states; Helped employers in multiple states and industries (e.g. automotive, heavy manufacturing, chemical, textile and health care) remain union-free; For unionized employers he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, arbitrated contractual disputes, and advised companies how to re-gain their union-free status

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Tricks or Treats: Human Resources Challenges Ahead
Molly Hughes Cherry,William H. Floyd, October 29, 2015
Halloween is traditionally a time for “trick or treating.” For human resource professionals, many days can be Halloween-like, filled with unexpected events or career rewards. Recently, dozens of HR professionals participated in a fun, thought-provoking survey as part of the annual South...

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William H. Floyd, III

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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