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James A. Byars


  • (T) 803.540.2051
  • (F) 803.727.1422

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


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • The Citadel, B.A., 2007
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina

  • 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
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