Overview

As former Senior Corporate Employment Counsel for Michelin North America, Inc., Christy brings practical, real-world experience to her practice, helping companies, both large and small, navigate complex employment-related issues. Christy’s experience as nationwide in-house counsel has equipped her with a proactive, no-nonsense approach to problem solving and dedication to robust litigation advocacy. Christy’s practice focuses on all things employment, including those involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical leave, disability accommodations, ADA website litigation, hiring, discipline, performance management, termination, non-compete disputes, and myriad other personnel-related issues.

Christy’s love of the law initially began when she worked as a litigation paralegal, assisting with a variety of federal and state court cases. Through this experience, Christy gained invaluable knowledge and discovered that her best and highest use was that of attorney, rather than paralegal. With the unwavering support of her husband and four children in tow, Christy quit her job and pursued a law degree. While at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Christy honed her advocacy skills, serving as the first female Chief Justice of the Mock Trial Bar and earning the Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship for trial advocacy. At graduation, Christy was a recipient of the prestigious bronze Compleat Lawyer Award, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics, and integrity. After graduation, Christy clerked for Senior United States District Court Judge, Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.

Christy is a member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, an invitation only organization which fosters dedication to professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence in the practice of law. In 2019 she was awarded the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award by Clemson University’s Psychology Department. Christy has been recognized as a Legal Elite in South Carolina and was listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Employment and Labor in 2021.

Community & Professional

  • Richland County Bar Association Diversity Committee 
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court, Associate Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • South Carolina Bar Association, In-House Counsel Committee Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Committee Co-Chair, iCivics (2016-2018)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association  

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Outside Nexsen Pruet, Christy can be found with her family or in the kitchen, where her love of the law can only be rivaled by that of her love of cooking. She is member of East Lake Community Church and enjoys the simple pleasure of a good book.

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Employment and Labor - 2021
  • Legal Elite of South Carolina - 2020, 2022
  • Complete Lawyer Award, Bronze Recipient - 2014
  • Clemson University Psychology Department Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award - 2019
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter FY

Media

  • Let's Be Blunt: What Happened to the Drug Free Workplace? - South Carolina/North Carolina Labor and Employment Conference - Isle of Palms, SC, October 2019
  • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace - South Carolina Association of Occupational Health Nurses - Lake Junaluska, NC, October 2019
  • Employment Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements - South Carolina Bar: Transactions/Corporate Law Essentials Series - Columbia, SC, June 2019
  • Attorney Panel on Employment - Related Issues - Greenville Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Annual Conference - Greenville, SC, May 2019
  • Employment Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements - South Carolina Bar: Transactions/Corporate Law Essentials Series - Columbia, SC, June 2018
  • From Me Too to Time's Up: Dealing with Sexual Harassment Claims - Association of Corporate Counsel - Greenville, SC, May 2018
  • Employment Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements - South Carolina Bar: Transactions/Corporate Law Essentials Series - Columbia, SC, June 2017
  • Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information - Columbia Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Legal Workshop - Columbia, SC, May 2017
  • PDA in the Workplace: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act - Augusta Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conference - Augusta, GA, March 2017
  • PDA in the Workplace: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act - South Carolina Bar convention - Greenville, SC, January 2017

News

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court for the District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina
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