Greenville lawyer Fred Suggs to receive Employment Law Award

May 02, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 2, 2013) — The S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Section Council announces that Fred W. Suggs Jr. has been named the Distinguished Lawyer of 2013. Mr. Suggs will be recognized at the Section’s mid-year meeting on Friday, May 17, 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.

Mr. Suggs, who has practiced law in South Carolina since 1975, is a founding lawyer and shareholder with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, PC in Greenville. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama in 1975 and is a certified specialist in labor and employment law.

“There is no one more deserving to receive this high recognition than Fred,” said R. Allison Phinney. “I have worked with him for more than 26 years and know first-hand his incomparable work ethic, considerable lawyering skills and unassailable professional integrity.”

Mr. Suggs’ experience in labor and employment law began in 1976 defending across-the-board class action suits, and since then, he has handled a number of complaints alleging discrimination based on race, sex and age before government agencies and state and federal courts. In 1985, he and two North Carolina attorneys established the annual N.C./S.C. Employment and Labor Law Conference, which has become the premier CLE program for employment and labor law practitioners in the Carolinas.

“As both an associate of Fred’s and his opposing counsel, I have always observed a uniquely intense level of trust, dedication and loyalty his clients have for him,” said Brian Murphy. “His consistent efforts to put clients’ interest firsts, as well as his zealous advocacy of their position, are largely the reasons.”

Mr. Suggs served as president of the S.C. Bar from 2009 to 2010, chair of the S.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Council from 1996 to 1998, chair of the S.C. Bar Professional Responsibility Committee and chair of the S.C. Bar House of Delegates, and has been elected State Bar ABA Delegate for 2014. He is also active in his community, serving as chair of the Board of the Metropolitan YMCA, general counsel of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and counsel to the Buncombe Street United Methodist Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee.

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