Pierce T. MacLennan

Associate  |  Charleston

Meet Perry

Perry MacLennan is a workforce and business lawyer focusing on economic development, employment and general corporate matters. Perry teaches Business Law at the College of Charleston and acts as outside counsel to organizations on a wide variety of legal issues.

Perry has a passion for employment law. He has served as nationwide chair for the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and regularly blogs about workplace issues at www.scemployersblog.com. He counsels employers on everyday compliance issues involving the ADA, FMLA, Title VII, OSHA, state law employment statues and other employment-related regulations. He also represents employers during discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints before the EEOC and in complaints brought before the Department of Labor.

A member of the Economic Development practice group, Perry assists companies making investments in South Carolina with negotiating and drafting a number of incentive agreements, including fee in lieu of tax agreements, job development/tax credits and state and local economic development grants.

An active litigator and appellate lawyer, Perry handles complex lawsuits involving federal and state employment law, business disputes, property disputes, trust and estate cases and much more. He has extensive experience with appeals and argued before the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

A proud graduate of Clemson University, Perry gives back to his alma mater through serving on the Clemson Young Alumni Council. Perry is also committed to giving back to the profession through his service with the American Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar.

Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
  • Clemson University, B.A., 2011
Admissions
  • South Carolina, 2014
Honors and Awards
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division "Star of the Year" 2018
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" Employment & Labor 2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • South Carolina Law Review, Associate Editor-in-Chief
  • Awarded top overall score in the 2012 Law Review Journal Writing Competition
  • Finished in the top 5 of his law school class
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Palmetto Society for Human Resource Management, Board of Directors, General Counsel (2017-2018)
  • Helping And Lending Outreach Support (HALOS), Board Member (2016-Present)
  • Clemson University Young Alumni Council, President 
  • American Bar Association, South Carolina Delegate to House of Delegates, Young Lawyers Division
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, co-chair of Professional Development Committee and Make-a-Wish Committee, ICivics Committee, Bar Convention Committee, Special Olympics Committee
  • LEADSC, Executive Committee
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Discovery Program, Class of 2016
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Committee
Presentations and Publications
  • "Do's and Don'ts for Business Visitors," International Association of Young Lawyers Labour and Immigration Law Annual Conference, Turin, Italy, October 5, 2018
    "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn, Charleston, SC, August 21, 2018
  • "Workplace Relationships, Sexual Harassment & #MeToo Movement in the Food & Beverage Industry," HSB 2018 Restaurant Seminars
  • "Politics in the Workplace," HSB 2017 Employment Law Seminars
  • "Top Ten Employment Law Issues for CPAs," HSB 2017 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminars
  • "LGBT Discrimination," South Carolina Manufacturer’s Alliance Regional HR Meeting, August 31, 2017
  • "Marijuana: Legal Issues at Work," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 11, 2017.
  • "Employees v. Independent Contractors," South Carolina Healthcare Financial Managers Association Annual Meeting, June 1, 2017
  • "Employment Law Update," SC Special Purpose District Association, May 16, 2017
  • "Americans with Disabilities Act Update," Palmetto Society Human Resources, May 9, 2017
  • "Substance Abuse in the Workplace," CSRA SHRM Chapter, March 16, 2017
  • "Advance Legal Writing: Affidavits," Guest Lecturer, Charleston School of Law, February 23, 2017
  • "Local Government Update: Employment Law and Litigation," National Business Institute, February 28, 2017
  • "Legal Ethics and ESI," National Business Institute, February 23, 2017
  • "Substance Abuse in the Workplace," HSB 2016 Human Resources Seminar
  • "FLSA Update," Pee Dee Education Roundtable, November 9, 2016
  • "Worker Classification in the Gig Economy," Disrupt HR, October 19, 2016
  • "The New FLSA Overtime Regulations," Greene Finney & Horton and HSB Tax and Legal Update, May 11, 2016 and SC Association of Residential Care Homes Meeting, April 27, 2016
  • "HR Law Update," Southern Carolina Alliance HR Meeting, February 2016
  • "Pregnancy Discrimination in Light of Young v. UPS," HSB 2016 and 2015 Employment Law Seminars
  • "Employees versus Independent Contractors," HSB 2015 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminar
  • "Who’s the Boss? You May Be a Joint Employer of Temporary Workers," Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina’s October 2015 newsletter

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