Charles E. McDonald, III
Mr. McDonald is a shareholder in the Greenville office and practices primarily in the area of employment litigation. He was certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2006. Mr. McDonald represents a variety of employers in employment litigation matters ranging from breach of employment contracts to cases involving discrimination in areas of race, sex, age, and disability in both individual and class actions. He also counsels employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. He represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. Mr. McDonald also represents employers in noncompete matters, trade secrets, and counsels employers in reduction-in-force situations to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).
Mr. McDonald has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McDonald served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. McDonald litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompete agreements. He also drafts and reviews policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. Mr. McDonald also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. McDonald has represented clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including race, sex, age, and disability lawsuits, retaliation, breach of employment contract cases, general contract actions, noncompete cases, and wage and hour cases. Mr. McDonald has also represented clients in a number of class action discrimination cases and collective actions for violations under the FLSA. Mr. McDonald regularly represents clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, and services industry. Mr. McDonald also represents a number of governmental agencies.
Education and Honors
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1995
B.A., cum laude, Clemson University, 1992
- South Carolina Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina
- Best Lawyers in America (2013 - 2014)
- Former Chairperson of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section
- Greenville Bar Association
- Greenville Chamber of Commerce
- Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
- Graduate, Leadership Greenville Class XXXII
- Graduate, South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative Upstate Class VIII
- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Institute - "Understanding Wage & Hour Law" - Columbia - March 23, 2011
- Spartanburg Development Association - "Avoiding Violations Under The Fair Labor Standards Act" - Greenville - March 8, 2011
- Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - "Year-End Review" - Greenville - January 18, 2011
- Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - "Understanding Wage & Hour Law" - Greenville - November 16, 2010
- Carolina's Conference - "Employment & Labor Law Update" - Myrtle Beach - May 6, 2010
In The News
- May 23, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Minnesota “Ban The Box” Legislation Update"
- January 7, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Series: Concerns Involving Exempt Employees"
- December 5, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Series: Telecommuting Risks and Rewards"
- October 26, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Records of Potential Off-the-Clock Work Violations: GPS Tracking Devices"
- October 11, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Documentation of Potential Off-the-Clock Work Violations via Electronic Devices: Are You Prepared?"
- September 20, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Meal Breaks—A Different Kind of Off-the-Clock Concern"
- August 21, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Recent DOL Activities to Combat Off-The-Clock Work Violations"
- August 8, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Computers, Equipment, and Tools—Oh My!"
- August 1, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Wage and Hour Series: Examples of Off-The-Clock Work Violations Involving Use of Technology"
- July 5, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce"
- September 28, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: Are Your Meal Break Practices Lawful?"
- 2005/2012 - Legal Reference Series, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - "Wages, Hours and Overtime Issues for SC and NC Employers"