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Labor & Employment
13 Years Ranked

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Provided by J Walker Coleman IV

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Mr. Coleman is a founding partner and the Managing Partner of the K&L Gates Charleston office, as well as a member of the firm’s Advisory Council. He is an experienced litigator who handles employment and trade secret misappropriation cases for local, national, and international companies in virtually every industry. He also represents employers before state and federal employment and labor boards and departments, assists companies with due diligence associated with the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses, and counsels employers of all sizes on myriad labor and employment issues.

Professional Memberships

Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Board of Directors, 2012-present

Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Executive Committee, 2016-2018

Porter-Gaud School, Board of Trustees, 2011-2019; Chairman 2019-present

Chairman, Clemson University, Accounting, Finance, and Legal Studies Board of Directors, 2010-2016

Clemson University Senior Advisory Board of Directors, 2012-2019

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2007-2015

Defense Research Institute, Panel Counsel Committee Chair and South Carolina Liaison, Employment Law Committee, 2005-2011

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 2003-2008

Leadership Charleston, Class of 1996

Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Publications

Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina: Playing it Safe: Corporate Counsel’s Role in Reopening Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 2021

Defense Research Institute: Employment Litigation Handbook: Post-Trial Motions, 2011

Charleston Regional Business Journal: Charleston Lifestyle Lures Young Lawyers from Big Cities, 2007

Charleston Regional Business Journal: Image-Based Discrimination, 2005

Charleston Regional Business Journal: Protect Your Assets: Craft a Non-Compete That Won’t Let You Down, 2005

For the Defense (Defense Research Institute): Evidence of Employment Discrimination: The Impact of Desert Palace, 2004

John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice & Policy, George Mason Univ.: Government Protection of Employees Involved in Mergers & Acquisitions, 1998

How to Get Ready for the Tsunami of New Overtime Claims, with Henry W. Frampton, IV, published in South Carolina Corporate Counsel Newsletter and as K&L Gates Client Alert, August 2012

Post-Trial Motions in Employment Litigation, in DRI Employment Law Trial Tactics, with Henry W. Frampton, IV, 2010

Co-author, Evidence of Employment Discrimination: The Impact of Desert Palace, published in DRI’s For the Defense.2004

Co-author, Protect Your Assets: Craft a Non-Compete That Won’t Let You Down, published in Charleston Regional Business Journal, 2005

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law

J.D.

1993

Clemson University

B.A.

1986

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Labor & Employment - South Carolina
3
Band 3

Walker Coleman is an experienced employment litigator who handles discrimination and harassment cases as well as those that concern trade secrets and restrictive covenants.
"Walker is an extremely client-oriented, responsive attorney." "He is super responsive and very knowledgeable."

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