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Karen E. Spain

Associate
+1.843.579.5639
Fax +1.843.579.5601
Karen Spain is a litigation associate in the Charleston office who focuses her practice on defending companies in a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower actions, wage and hour claims, and restrictive covenant actions. Ms. Spain represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies, and she advises employers on compliance with various state and federal employment laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act.

Ms. Spain regularly counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including complex employment disputes, trade secret and confidential information protection, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, employee handbooks, reductions in force, and sensitive terminations and severance arrangements. Additionally, she conducts internal investigations into employment-related complaints, and she trains company personnel on ethics and code of conduct compliance.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Spain served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Before that, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Additional Information

  • Featured in Thomson Reuters, Corporate Counsel Connect, “Travel Restrictions Following Recent Executive Order,” 2017
  • Represented multinational abrasives manufacturer in appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, successfully defending grant of summary judgment.
  • Successfully defended healthcare company against age and disability discrimination claims, obtaining summary judgment on all claims.
  • Represented international vehicle manufacturer in connection with successful resolution of FMLA lawsuit.
  • Successfully resolved claims of sexual harassment by former employee against international manufacturer.
  • Advised rail manufacturer regarding employment issues related to a reduction in force and the opening of a facility in South Carolina.
  • Represented digital advertising company in connection with non-compete and trade secrets dispute.
  • Obtained dismissal by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of charge of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate on behalf of hospital system.
  • Obtained dismissal of charge of discrimination on the basis of race by the South Carolina Human Rights Commission in favor of vehicle parts manufacturer.
  • Obtained dismissal by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of charge of race, religion and age discrimination and retaliation on behalf of heavy industrial equipment manufacturer.
  • Assisted with the defense of Florida False Claims Act action brought by former sawmill employee.