William L. Duda

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William L. (Bill) Duda has been a certified specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court since 2008 and has repeatedly been named to the “Best Lawyers” list in both Employment Management and Litigation categories. Since 2000, Bill has been helping employers understand and comply with a broad range of employment laws, including Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA and local wage/hour law, workers’ compensation, trade secret law and, restrictive covenants. He regularly represents management in employment-related litigation as well as in administrative matters before the EEOC and its state deferral agencies, the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Bill also handles Fair Housing Complaints before the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and related litigation.

Before becoming a lawyer, Bill was employed in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, construction and retail. At the time Bill enrolled in the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, he had been employed for several years as a retail store manager for a national drug store chain. Bill’s personal employment and management experience provides him a realistic and practical approach to the legal challenges employers face on a day-to-day basis.

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Bill advises employers across many industries, including but not limited to national retailers and manufacturers, regional trucking firms, state and local banks, educational institutions, and more.  Bill’s representation of employers in workers’ compensation cases is focused on self-insured clients who understand the advantages of having a workers’ compensation lawyer who can also advise on the full complement of employment-related issues that are always intertwined in workers’ compensation claims.

Bill’s experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in employment-related cases
  • Lead counsel in state and federal appeals
  • Advising clients on day-to-day issues and training their employees in employment law
  • Performing wage/hour audits and representing companies in wage/hour investigations
  • Representing self-insured employers in workers’ compensation claims
  • Drafting, enforcing and challenging non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Representing property management companies in housing discrimination complaints


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2000
  • A.S. (paralegal), Greenville Technical College, 1995
  • B.S., University of South Carolina, 1992

Admittance to Practice

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

Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "No Rest (Breaks) for the Weary: Getting a Handle on State and Local Wage and Hour Laws" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Performance Driven Forum - "Making The Tough Call: Real World Ethical Dilemmas For In-House Counsel" - Greer - June 22, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "A Brave (and Scary) New World Without Performance Appraisals" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "AOK, AOL, or SOL? Employees' Use and Abuse of FMLA, ADA, Workers' Comp and Military Leaves" - New Orleans - May 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "There's The 'Employment Law Alphabet Soup' (FMLA, ADA, OSHA, COBRA, etc.), But Forgetting Workers' Comp Can Spoil The Broth" - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Midlands Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Handling Unemployment Claims" - Columbia - 2010 - 2013
  • Midlands Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Federal/State Wage-Hour Laws" - Columbia - 2008 - 2013
  • Midlands Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Lawful Requirements Under Workers’ Compensation" - Columbia - 2008 - 2013
  • Counsel on Education in Management, FMLA Seminar - "The Tangled Web of the FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Comp, and Other Leave Laws: Pulling the Threads Apart" - Columbia - November 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill" - Columbia and Charlestonq - August 2007
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - "The New Workers' Compensation Legislation" Seminar, "Specific Workers' Compensation Changes that Affect South Carolina Employers" - Columbia - July 2007
  • SC Bar Publication Seminar, Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers - "Title VII Enforcement" - Columbia - June 2007
  • South Carolina Bankers’ School - "Personnel Law" - Columbia and Greenwood - 2007 - 2013
  • National Business Institute - "Overtime Regulations" - Columbia - October 2005
  • National Business Institute - "Understanding Compensation Guidelines" - Columbia - October 2005
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce “10th Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference - "South Carolina Workers' Compensation Law - What Employers Need to Know for 2006" - Columbia - October 2005
  • 2011 - 2014 - South Carolina Rules of Court: Key Rules - Volume IIA - Federal - "Motion to Strike"
  • May 9, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Without Performance Reviews, How to Handle Pay Equity, Firings"
  • December 29, 2010 - SHRM.org - "Ruling May Lead to Rise in Use of E-Cigarettes"
  • September 20, 2010 - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly - "Lawyers Update Businesses on Revamped Unemployment System"
  • November 7, 2005 - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly - "Single-Day Incident Did Not Qualify as Repetitive Trauma Injury"
  • August 9, 2004 - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly - "Permissive Handbook Language Disclaimer Kept Case from Jury"
    • International Law Office and Lexology’s 2016 Client Choice Award
    • BTI Client Service All Star MVP 2017
    • Best Lawyers Award Badge
    • Certified Employment & Labor Law Specialist, South Carolina Supreme Court (2008 to present)
    • Best Lawyers – Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment (2013-present)
    • BTI Client Service All-Star (2016)
    • BTI Client Service MVP (2017)
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rated

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