James A. "Jimmy" Byars is an employment litigator with a focus on information security and restrictive covenant issues, including trade secret litigation, non-compete drafting and enforcement advice, and development of related employment policies.  He also advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, including employment discrimination claims, wage payment issues, workplace investigations, and federal and state employment law compliance.  

Specifically, Jimmy has experience assisting clients in matters involving:

  • Employee theft of trade secrets
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements
  • Employment discrimination pursuant to Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA
  • Wage claims pursuant to the FLSA and the SC Payment of Wages Act
  • ERISA litigation
  • Administrative investigations and enforcement pursuant to OSHA and the NLRA
  • State unemployment insurance tax appeals
  • Development and implementation of employment policies and employee handbooks

In 2007, Jimmy earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Criminal Justice from The Citadel, where he was a Summerall Guard and a member of the Honor Committee.  In 2010, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a member of the National Moot Court team and served as Counsel for the Respondent on the Honor Council.

A native of Columbia, Jimmy worked for Nexsen Pruet as a courier and as a law clerk before joining the firm as an attorney.


  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star" list in the area of Employment & Labor, 2018
  • Recipient of CALI Awards in Employment Discrimination, Workers' Compensation, Civil Procedure II and Legal Research and Writing I & II
  • Finalist, 2008 George K. Walker Moot Court Competition
  • Semifinalist, 2008 Edwin Stanley Moot Court Competition
  • Semifinalist, 2009 Stetson International/Environmental Moot Court Competition


  • "Cybersecurity and Employee Privacy: Finding the Balance," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law certificate Series Webinar - December 11, 2019


  • South Carolina
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