Christine Gantt-Sorenson

Shareholder  |  Greenville

Meet Chris

Chris Gantt-Sorenson serves as Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s employment law practice team leader and works exclusively with all types of employers, providing advice and counsel and representation when an employee or employees file a claim or a lawsuit. 

Chris’ goal is to help her clients comply with employment law in a way that does not run counter to their primary goal of doing business. In her 29 years of experience, she has learned that the employers who seek guidance often and before acting incur the lowest legal fees. She is committed to preventing, rather than reacting to, compliance issues and provides employment law training for managers and employees. Chris believes it is important to provide prompt and timely responses to her client’s questions because she understands that employers often do not have much time to seek guidance before responding to an employment situation. She sees her relationship with clients as a business partnership and acts accordingly.  

She advises employers and human resource professionals on issues that arise daily, particularly in the areas of FMLA, ADA, ACA, FLSA and Title VII. She defends clients in employment related claims and litigation before administrative agencies such as the DOL and the EEOC as well as in state and federal courts. 

Chris has extensive federal trial experience having represented employers in federal employment litigation.

She oversees our firm’s employment blog, www.scemployersblog.com, and is a frequent speaker on employment law issues.  

Prior to Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Chris worked with a regional law firm on complex litigation matters from 1991 to 1993 and then enjoyed a 100% conviction rate in prosecuting drug king-pin cases for the State Grand Jury Division of the Attorney General’s Office from 1993 to 1997. 

Education
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1991
  • College of Charleston, B.A., 1987
Admissions
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 1991
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation - Labor and Employment (2019-2022) and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2013-2022)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award 2019
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® Employment and Labor (2013-2015)
  • Greenville Business Magazine "Legal Elite of the Upstate" Labor & Employment Law (2013-2015, 2018-2021)
Professional and Civic Activities
  • South Carolina SHRM State Council, Legislative Director 2018
  • Furman University, Adjunct Professor
  • Greenville County Bar Association, former President
  • Greenville Chamber, former General Counsel
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Pickens Area Society of Human Resource Managers, President
  • Cliff Ridge Colony, Board Member (2010-2017)
  • Trinity Lutheran, Foundation Board Member (2006-2012) and Stewardship Committee (2008-2014)
  • South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice, Board Member (2000-2005)
  • Western Carolina Legal Aide Society, Board Member (1998-2000)
  • Meals on Wheels of Greenville County, Board Member (2005-2008)
  • Greenville Family Partnership, Board Member (1996-1998)
Presentations and Publications