Practice and Industry Groups

James R. Silvers

Associate Greenville

Mr. Silvers assists employers with human resources and employment-related matters, including matters related to employee onboarding and background checks, termination, discrimination, and employment contracts. As a member of the firm's Background Checks Practice Group, Mr. Silvers regularly counsels clients on practical, lawful ways to comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, Title VII, and state mini-FCRAs. Mr. Silvers also regularly advises employers on RIF matters (including ADEA, OWBPA, and WARN issues) and e-signature issues.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Silvers served as a Law Clerk to Chief Justice Jean H. Toal of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Silvers taught history to high school students, where he honed and refined his teaching and counseling skills.

Professional Activities and Speeches


  • Greenville Bar CLE - ''Lawyers as Employers in 2018'' - Greenville - July 2018
  • Anderson University - ''Employment Law in 2018'' - Greenville - April 2018
  • Ogletree Webinar - ''Be Forewarned: A Primer on Mass Layoffs and Plant Closures under the WARN Act'' - December 2017
  • Speech to Non-Profit General Counsel Gathering - ''Background Checks in 2017'' - Washington, D.C. - October 2017
  • Anderson University - ''Employment Law in 2017'' - Greenville - September 2017
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''It’s a Dangerous World: Background Checks; Workplace Violence; and Drug Testing in 2017'' - Greenville - March 2017
  • Certificate Series - ''Background Checks for Employers'' - Greenville - December 2016
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''Where is Marty McFly When HR Needs Him?: A Look into HR’s Future'' - Greenville - March 2016
  • Certificate Series - ''Background Checks in Today’s Employment Landscape'' - Greenville - December 2015
  • Spartanburg SHRM - ''Using Temporary Employment Agencies'' - Spartanburg - November 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''Bullet-proofing Your Pre-employment Processes'' - Greenville - February 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''Background Checks in 2013'' - Greenville - February 2013
  • Upstate Employers Network - ''FMLA Workshop'' - Greenville - November 2012


Published Works


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Media Quotes

August 21, 2018 - HR Dive - "Employers must get permission before performing background checks in California"
May 03, 2018 - HR Dive - "Background check best practices: Balancing the law with business needs"