R. Allison Phinney

Shareholder || Greenville

R. Allison (“Al”) Phinney, is a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office of Ogletree Deakins.  He received his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1979 and an LL.M. degree in Labor Law from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1985.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Phinney served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Clyde H. Hamilton.  His past work experience also includes serving as a legislative counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee and the South Carolina Senate Transportation Committee.

Mr. Phinney is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has also been recognized as a South Carolina Super Lawyer.   Mr. Phinney has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law.

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Mr. Phinney practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in employment litigation, union avoidance, union campaigns, unfair labor practice litigation, and employee peer review programs.


  • LL.M., in Labor Law, George Washington University, 1985
  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 1979
  • B.A., Presbyterian College, 1976

Admittance to Practice

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

Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar (Chair – Employment & Labor Law Section, 2014-2015)
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member)


  • Recent Developments in Employment and Labor Law for the SC Bar - "Recent NRLB and Labor Law Update" - Greenville - May 11, 2018
  • 26th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Bar Labor and Employment Law Program - "The NLRB Under the Obama Administration: The Times They Are a Changin’" - Asheville - October 22 - 23, 2010
  • Recent Developments in Employment & Labor Law, sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Employment and Labor law Section - "The NLRB Under the Obama Administration: The Times They Are a Changin’" - Columbia - June 18, 2010
  • 24th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Bar labor and Employment Law Update and Annual meeting - "NLRB Updates" - Asheville - October 17 - 18, 2008
  • Lawyer of the Year R Allison Phinney 2017
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America; Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer