Christine Gantt-Sorenson

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Meet Chris

Chris Gantt-Sorenson is a highly effective trial lawyer who concentrates in employment defense litigation. Chris chairs Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Employment Law practice group and is a frequent contributor to the group's SCEmployersBlog.

She defends employers in employment related claims and litigation, particularly Title VII litigation, in venues from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also provides advice and counsel to human resource professionals and employers on issues that arise daily, particularly in the areas of FMLA, ADA, ACA, FLSA and general employment law matters. Chris defends employee benefit plan administrators and fiduciaries in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases brought pursuant to life and disability policies. She presents regularly on employment law issues and provides management and employee training.

She has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout South Carolina and has represented employers in federal employment litigations as first chair in over 200 filed cases in the last 10 years.

Chris began her legal career defending product liability defendants, representing Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers in products liability and product defect cases in courts across the state. She has also overseen a team of associates in defending a national retailer in personal injury litigation in South Carolina.

Notably, Chris had 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. Chris was an attorney with a large regional law firm from 1991-1993. 

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1991
  • College of Charleston, B.A., 1987
  • 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) and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2013-2019)
  • 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)
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
  • "Creative Benefits (Including Keeping Costs Down!)," Anderson University's Beyond Compliance: Innovative Workplace Strategies for the Future, June 25, 2019
  • "Creating a Workplace that Works for Everyone," Anderson University's Beyond Compliance: Innovative Workplace Strategies for the Future, March 26, 2019
  • "Review of Proposed Legislation Impacting SC Employers," HSB Employment Law Seminar, February 28, 2019
  • “Ask the Attorney” Panel Participant, SC Manufacturers Alliance HR Professionals Meeting, November 8, 2018
  • "Tips on Implementing a Different Approach to Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace," HSB 2018 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act," GGI Labour Law Newsletter, Autumn 2018 (p. 3)
  • “Harassment and Discrimination: A New Approach from Top to Bottom,” 24th Annual SC SHRM State Conference, May 25, 2018
  • "Workplace Relationships, Sexual Harassment & #MeToo Movement in the Food & Beverage Industry," HSB 2018 Restaurant Seminars
  • "LGBTQIA: What Human Resource Professionals Need to Know," HSB 2017 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "The New FLSA Overtime Regulations," SC Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual HR Conference, May 19, 2016, SC Association of Residential Care Homes Meeting, May 10, 2016 and HSB 2016 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "The Evolution of Healthcare," Greene Finney & Horton and HSB CPE Conference in Greenville, SC, May 5, 2016 and HSB 2016 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "Human Resources Law Update 2015," SCACPA Nonprofit Conference in Columbia, SC, Greene Finney & Horton and HSB CPE Conference in Greenville, SC
  • "Compliance 2015 – Is the Government Honestly After Me or Am I Being Paranoid?" Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s High Performing Health Plan Summit 2015 in Greenville, SC
  • "Why are the Department of Labor and Plaintiff’s Lawyers Singling Out Our Fabulous Restaurants and Where Will They Go To Eat Now?" Charleston Area Restaurant Owners and Managers Seminar in Charleston, SC, 2015
  • "Top Ten Most Common Issues That Employers Are Raising," South Carolina Association of County Attorneys’ Annual Meeting and CLE in Hilton Head, SC and Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing in Greenville, SC, 2014
  • "Affordable Care Act," Pickens Society for Human Resource Management (PSHRM) in Pickens, SC, 2014
  • "A Little Ditty About Wellness Regulations," Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Wellness Panel in Charleston, SC, 2014
  • "Compliance Top Ten for 2014-2015: Most Common and Current Issues Human Resource Professionals are Facing," Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s High Performing Health Plan Summit 2014 in Charleston, SC and Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing in Greenville, SC, 2014
  • "FMLA: A Six-Hour Tour," Spartanburg Development Association in Greer, SC, 2014
  • "Health Care Reform: The Latest on What Employers Need to Know," Oconee Area Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Anderson, SC, 2014
  • "Human Resource Compliance," SAHMA in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2014
  • "Employer’s Checklist of Recent Development in South Carolina and Federal Employment Law," SC Bankers Association Human Resources Conference, Columbia, SC, 2013
  • "HR Headache (Recordkeeping) and New HR Challenge (Social Media in the Workplace)," Upstate Employers Network, Greer, SC, 2013
  • "What’s New in Wellness Under HIPPA and PPACA," SC Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2013
  • "Health Care Reform: The Latest on What Employers Need to Know," Pickens Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Pickens, SC, 2013
  • "Social Networking: What Employers Need to Know," 23rd Annual SC Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, Greene Finney & Horton and HSB CPE Conference, Greenville, SC, and South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Greenville, SC, 2013
  • "Fair Credit Reporting Act & New EEOC Guidelines," Godshall Recruiting, Greenville, SC, 2013

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