Reginald W. Belcher

Reggie Belcher represents businesses and employers throughout South Carolina.

The South Carolina Supreme Court has certified Reggie as a specialist in Employment and Labor Law, and he is a Certified Mediator.

He exclusively defends businesses and employers in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. Reggie writes employee handbooks, affirmative action plans, employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-compete and restrictive covenants. He trains supervisors and managers on compliance issues involving wage and hour laws, workplace harassment, and union avoidance.

Reggie frequently contributes to state and national discussions on legal and business issues at conferences and in publications such as HR Magazine, Inside Counsel, Industry Week, Law360, and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon.com recognized Reggie as one of the "40 Up and Comers" among the national most powerful employment lawyers in 2012.  Reggie was the only attorney selected in either North Carolina or South Carolina on the entire lawdragon 200 list, which included the 100 most powerful employment lawyers in the nation, 60 of the most powerful immigration and labor specialists, and the top 40 up-and-coming most powerful employment lawyers.

Reggie is actively involved in the community, and he currently chairs the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Division.  He also serves on the board of directors for Work-in-Progress, a local non-profit that provides job training for individuals suffering from mental illness.

“Our clients expect us to know the law and business – both of which constantly change and evolve. Circumstances often require us to be innovative and creative to identify and solve problems.”

Representative Matters

Employment Litigation

  • Won summary judgment for a publicly traded company in a class action case alleging race and gender discrimination where the plaintiffs sought damages exceeding $50 million.
  • Won summary judgment for a business executive accused of defamation in a case alleging actual damages of more than $600,000, plus punitive damages.
  • Won summary judgment for a business accused of fraud, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act in a case alleging actual damages of more than $400,000, plus punitive damages.
  • Won summary judgment for various employers in cases alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Administrative

  • Negotiated with the federal Department of Labor to rescind a demand that an employer pay 14 employees a total of 24 months of back pay in a dispute involving meal and break periods.
  • Negotiated with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to rescind a demand that a federal contractor pay back pay damages to dozens of female employees during an audit of the contractor’s affirmative action program.

Appellate

  • Won two employment cases at the South Carolina Court of Appeals where former employees alleged breach of contract based on language contained in their employee handbooks.
  • Won a case at the South Carolina Court of Appeals involving novel personal jurisdictional issues on behalf of a North Carolina employer who was sued in South Carolina.

Contact Information

Columbia Office
Phone: 803.227.4314
Fax: 803.400.1515
Email: rbelcher@turnerpadget.com
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Practice Areas

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Bar and Court Admissions

South Carolina Bar, 1996
United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 1997
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, 2000
District of Columbia Bar, 2006

Education

University of South Carolina, J.D., 1996
University of South Carolina, Master of Human Resources, 1996
West Virginia University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1992

Professional Affiliations

American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Division (Board Chair)
Sumter SHRM (Legislative and Diversity Chair)
Columbia SHRM (Past Diversity and Community Relations Chair)
Columbia Sertoma Club (Past President and Board Chair)
Leadership South Carolina
Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Past Board Member)
Defense Research Institute (Employment Law Committee; Chair, Labor Law Subcommittee; Diversity Committee; Ethics Committee)
Benedict College (Adjunct Professor, Business Law, HR Management, Labor Relations)

Speeches/Presentations

"Employment Law for Health Care Providers," South Carolina Oncology Managers Association Annual Conference
"Twelve HR Issues for 2012," Pee Dee SHRM
"Health Care Reform's Impact on Employers," Lorman Education Services
"Boeing and Beyond - The NLRB and Economic Development," Business Counsel, Inc.
"Social Networking and the Workplace," Defense Research Institute 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego
"Personal Liability in the Workplace," Sumter SHRM
“Sorting Out the Health Care Madness,” Pee Dee SHRM
"Labor Law Update," Marion County Economic Development Commission
“Employment Law Update/CLE—2010,” Sterling Education Services
“Is It Too Late to Fix Immigration?” Sumter SHRM
“The FTC Red Flags Rule and Your Practice,” South Carolina Bar
“Pre-Trial Discovery and Motion Practice in Employment Cases,” National Business Institute
“What’s Lurking? Potential New Federal Employment Laws,” South Carolina State SHRM
“Understanding the New FMLA Regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments,” South Carolina State Association of Occupational Health Nurses
“Developing a Business Ethics Policy,” Pee Dee SHRM
“Avoiding Liability During Layoffs and Reductions in Force,” Columbia SHRM
“Workplace Privacy Issues,” Lorman Education Services
“Tackling Immigration Issues in South Carolina,” Leadership South Carolina
“Complex Wage and Hour Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” Sterling Education Services

Honors

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013, 2014
South Carolina Supreme Court, Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law, 2008
Nation's 200 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (Selected as Up and Comer), Lawdragon/Human Resource Executive Magazine, June 2012
South Carolina Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
2010 Midlands Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly
Sertoman of the Year, Wade Hampton District and Regional Awards, 2005