Burnette Completes 25 Years as a Specialist

Staff Report From Columbia CEO

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

M. Malissa Burnette, a founding partner of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, has completed 25 years as a South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. The distinction puts her in select company. Only 18 certified specialists in the employment field have held the credential for at least 25 years, according to the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization.
 
Of the nearly 500 members of the South Carolina Bar Employment and Labor Law Section, only 22 percent are certified specialists. Firm co-founder Nekki Shutt is among them.
 
South Carolina began certifying employment law specialists in 1987. It’s one of only four specialties the state recognizes. In order to achieve specialist status, an attorney must have practiced for at least five years, submit recommendations from other lawyers and show substantial involvement in the practice area.
 
Additionally, lawyers must pass an examination to earn certification, then complete at least 60 hours in approved employment-related continuing legal education classes every 5 years to maintain their credentials.
 
Burnette was first certified in 1993. Her practice at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel encompasses a full array of employment law issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract and wage claims. Burnette also practices civil rights and family law. She’s a certified federal mediator and experienced arbitrator as well. She is a 1977 graduate of the USC School of Law.