Pierce T. MacLennan

Associate  |  Charleston  |  Florence

Meet Perry

Perry MacLennan is a workforce and business lawyer helping companies establish or expand operations in South Carolina and comply with various laws applicable to doing business here. Perry focuses on employment law, economic development incentives, contracts and general corporate matters. He teaches Business Law at the College of Charleston and is active in the community and the legal profession.

Perry has a passion for employment law. He regularly blogs about workplace issues at www.scemployersblog.com and counsels clients daily on human resource concerns such as hiring, firing, leave, discrimination, safety and immigration. A skilled litigator when business disputes arise, Perry has argued before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and routinely handles lawsuits in both state and federal court. He has experience representing companies in government investigations from OSHA, the EEOC and the Department of Labor.

Perry also assists companies with economic incentives related to launching or growing their South Carolina presence such as fee in lieu of tax agreements, job development/tax credits and grant funding.

He regularly counsels clients on Fair Housing issues such as housing discrimination and compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act and various HUD regulations. Perry has represented housing providers during fair housing investigations and lawsuits. He also provides advice/counsel to national fair housing training and compliance providers.

Perry currently serves as the President of the Clemson Young Alumni Council, President of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and Administrative Director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014
  • Clemson University, B.A., 2011
  • South Carolina, 2014
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Employment Law – Management 2021
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" Employment & Labor (2018-2020)
  • American Bar Association "On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer" 2020
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division "Star of the Year" 2018
  • Charleston Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Lowcountry” Labor & Employment Law 2020
  • 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
  • South Carolina Economic Development Institute, Class of 2018
  • Palmetto Society for Human Resource Management, Board of Directors, General Counsel (2017-2019)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers, United States National Representative (2019-Present)
  • Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS), Board Member (2016-Present)
  • Clemson University Young Alumni Council, President (2018-2019) 
  • American Bar Association, South Carolina Delegate to House of Delegates, Administrative Director of the Young Lawyers Division (2018-Present)
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, President (2020-Present), President-Elect (2019-2020), Secretary-Treasurer (2018-2019) and former member of Special Olympics, Professional Development, Make-a-Wish, ICivics and Bar Convention Committees
  • LEADSC, Executive Committee (2016-2018)
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Discovery Program, Class of 2016
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Committee (2017-Present)
Presentations and Publications
  • “HR Trends: Don’t Let COVID-19 Distract You From Other Important Developments,” Anderson University Virtual HR On Purpose Conference, November 12, 2020
  • “What Employers Need to Know About Politics in the Workplace,” Anderson University Virtual HR On Purpose Conference, November 10, 2020
  • Politics and the Workplace – Employers, Do You Have a Policy?,” HSB Blog, November 3, 2020
  • “Run it by Legal” (Panelist), South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance HR Professionals Virtual Annual Meeting, September 2, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Update for Employers,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, August 25, 2020
  • “COVID-19 and Its Impact on Employment Law,” Southern Law Network, August 20, 2020
  • Federal Court Strikes Down Portions of FFCRA Regulations,” HSB Blog, August 5, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Update,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, July 8, 2020
  • South Carolina Passes Lactation Support Act,” HSB Blog, July 6, 2020
  • DHEC Issues New Guidance for Employers,” HSB Blog, June 30, 2020
  • “COVID Legal Update,” Cherokee HR Group Webinar, June 25, 2020
  • Supreme Court Finds Title VII Prohibits LGBTQ Discrimination,” HSB Blog, June 16, 2020
  • “HSB COVID-19 Update,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, June 3, 2020
  • COVID-19 Employment Contract FAQs in the U.S.,” Legalmondo, May 27, 2020
  • Employment Practices: What Employers Need to Know when Managing Employees – Pay Reduction,” SC Chamber’s Business in the Era of COVID-19: A Guide for Moving Your Business Forward, May 20, 2020
  • SBA Issues New Interim Rule on Foreign Affiliates,” HSB Blog, May 18, 2020
  • “Creating a Successful Return to Work Strategy,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, May 13, 2020
  • Return to Work Plan,” Independent Banks of SC (IBSC) Webinar, May 11, 2020
  • Transatlantic Trends from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Paycheck Protection Program,” HSB Blog, May 8, 2020
  • PPP Safe Harbor Repayment Deadline Extended, Treasury Promises Additional Guidance,” HSB Blog, May 6, 2020
  • “COVID-19 and FFCRA Check-in for Employers,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, April 22, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Considerations,” Pee Dee SHRM Virtual Meeting, April 21,2020
  • “Answering Your Questions about the Paycheck Protection Program,” HSB Webinar, April 20, 2020
  • Comprehensive Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program,” HSB Blog, April 14, 2020
  • “The SBA's PPP Loan - Qualifying and Processing for Foreign-Owned Corporations,” HSB Webinar, April 9, 2020
  • “Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19,” Grace Hill Webinar, April 8, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Tax Credits How To: Qualifying and Processing,” HSB and Synergi Partners Webinar, April 7, 2020
  • “FFCRA and CARES Act,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series, April 1, 2020
  • “Being the Best Employer Possible During These Times – Part II,” Together SC Webinar, April 1, 2020
  • “How to Shift to a Remote Workforce,” SC Chamber of Commerce Webinar, March 31, 2020
  • CARES ACT Stimulus Bill and Paycheck Protection Program,” HSB Blog, March 30, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Essentials: COVID-19 Health & Safety Best Practices for Multifamily,” Grace Hill Webinar, March 26, 2020
  • Small & Midsize Businesses May Be Able to Swiftly Recover Cost of Coronavirus-related Leave,” HSB Blog, March 26, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Essentials: Unpacking the Family First Coronavirus Response Act for Multifamily,” Grace Hill Webinar, March 25, 2020
  • “Be The Best Employer You Can Be During This Time,” Together SC Webinar, March 25, 2020
  • DOL Issues Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” HSB Blog, March 25, 2020
  • “COVID-19 and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” HSB 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series
  • COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Takes Effect April 2, 2020,” HSB Blog, March 19, 2020
  • COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor Issues Guidance and Congress Considers Paid Leave,” HSB Blog, March 18, 2020
  • “Serving on Non-Profit Boards: Tips for Young Lawyers,” American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Webinar, January 29, 2020
  • “Ask the Attorney” (Panelist), HSB 2019 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • “Pay Equity,” HSB 2019 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "Offer Letters and Employment Contracts: The Terms of Employment," HSB 2019 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "Creating a Workplace that Works for Everyone," Anderson University's Beyond Compliance: Innovative Workplace Strategies for the Future, March 26, 2019
  • "Marijuana & Multifamily: Current Legal Guidelines for Multifamily Executives," Grace Hill Webinar, March 14, 2019
  • "What Every CPA Needs to Know about Intellectual Property," HSB 2018 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminar Series
  • "The Aging Workforce: Generational Challenges and Discrimination," HSB 2018 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "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 Seminar Series
  • "Top Ten Employment Law Issues for CPAs," HSB 2017 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminar Series
  • "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