Columbia attorney to receive employment law award

April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 30, 2012) — The S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Section Council announces that Herbert “Herb” W. Louthian has been named the Distinguished Lawyer of 2012. Louthian will be recognized at the Section’s mid-year meeting on Friday, May 18, at the S.C. Bar Conference Center in Columbia.

This award is presented to an attorney nominated and selected by his or her professional peers for commendable service to employment and labor law practice in South Carolina.

Louthian, who has practiced law in South Carolina since 1959, owns Louthian Law Firm in Columbia. He has handled many significant handbook and policy manual cases for plaintiffs, beginning in 1987 with the case of Kathy Small v. Springs Industries, Inc. when South Carolina recognized, for the first time, that an employee handbook, bulletin and oral assurances could constitute an employment contract. Louthian has also tried numerous state whistle-blower cases and discrimination cases resulting in successful plaintiffs’ verdicts.

As a member of the State Board of Directors of Common Cause of South Carolina, Louthian reviews impending legislative and congressional redistricting issues and works with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin toward the goal of establishing the first municipal ethics commission in South Carolina. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Law, teaching trial advocacy to second and third-year students to help prepare them as they enter their careers as trial lawyers.

Kristine L. Cato of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC nominated Louthian for this award. “He is the epitome of true civility in the profession and an unbelievable trial lawyer,” said Cato. “He has given back so much to the community and profession, and his creativity and ingenuity were solely responsible for the creation of a brand new cause of action and a major body of employment contact law in the state.”

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The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.