Charles T. Speth II

Shareholder Columbia

Charles T. ("Ted") Speth II has concentrated his practice in employment-related litigation matters during his entire legal career. Ted has successfully defended employers in state and federal litigation throughout the United States. He has devoted a significant amount of time over the last decade to the representation of clients in class action litigation. Ted also provides training and preventive advice to employers in an effort to resolve potential employment-related legal matters before the matters escalate into legal actions.


Ted provides advice and legal representation in the following areas:

  • Representing clients in civil rights class-action lawsuits under such statutes as 42 U.S.C. § 1981; 42 U.S.C. § 1982; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; and other federal and state civil rights laws
  • Advising clients in the complex area of disability law, including issues under the ADA, FMLA, and state workers' compensation laws. These statutory areas often interact with one another and, at times, create conflicts
  • Representing clients in data privacy matters including being counsel is several “cutting edge” class action data breach lawsuits and providing advice to clients once it was discovered  that a data breach had occurred
  • Advising and counseling clients when faced with downsizing or reorganizing their workforce. This advice would include reviewing possible exposure under various applicable state and federal employment discrimination laws and reviewing severance plan options, including the use of ERISA-covered plans and ensuring compliance with the OWBPA
  • Advising and representing clients in the area of employment contracts. This advice includes reviewing company policies and procedures to ensure that employment contracts are not created unintentionally. Advising and counseling employers who wish to enter employment contracts with employees, particularly highly compensated executives, successful and mobile sales employees, and highly sought research and development personnel
  • Advising employers in the new and quickly evolving area of technology in the workplace. This advice includes drafting IT policies, reviewing privacy issues, and training managers on the use and abuse of e-mail and other modern methods of communication
  • Representing healthcare organizations in matters involving physician privileges, exclusive contracts with physician groups, and individual liability of healthcare executives.  Ted is also involved in representing teaching healthcare institutions with legal issues that arise with medical residents both in the employment and educational context
  • Representing healthcare organizations in class action litigation involving patients' rights issues

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • South Carolina Bar (Employment and Labor Law Section, Chair 1990-1991)
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President, South Carolina Chapter 2006-2007)
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors; Chair 2007-2008)
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (General Counsel and Executive Committee Member)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • Health Sciences South Carolina (Patient Advisory Committee)
  • Navigating From Good to Great Foundation (Ng2G) (Chairman)


  • Association of Corporate Counsel, South Carolina Chapter - ''Bizarre Attacks on the Company by Way of Blogs, YouTube, and Other Cyber Media'' - Columbia - November 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''ERISA Litigation Update – The Impact Of Health Care And The Supreme Court'' - Las Vegas - May 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Private Information – Employers' Obligations To Protect Workers'' - Miami - May 2009
  • Midlands Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance'' - Columbia - 2008 - 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Evaluating Employee Performance Without Creating Legal Liability'' - Atlanta - May 2006
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Structured Positive Employee Relations Programs – A Tool For Avoiding A Host Of Problems'' - San Antonio - May 2005

Published Works



Media Quotes

January 07, 2011 - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly - "Lawyer Aids Nuclear Charge: Consortium Champions Small Modular Reactors As Economy Booster for South Carolina"
December 12, 2010 - The State - "Suit Highlights Reservists' Job Tensions"
September 24, 2010 - The State - "75 Turn Out To Promote Penny Tax"