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Biography

Laura Jordan, a member of both the South Carolina and Alabama Bars, is an attorney in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina office.  Her law practice includes matters related to employment and human resources, products liability, appeals, and business and commercial litigation.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law, Laura began her legal career in Alabama as federal law clerk for the Honorable James H. Hancock of the Northern District and thereafter joined the labor and employment and litigation groups at one of the largest firms in the Southeast.  She left private practice when she was called to serve as the permanent federal law clerk for R. David Proctor of the Northern District, and she was asked to continue her federal service as a staff attorney for both Judges Hancock and Proctor upon her move to South Carolina.  Laura joined the Gallivan, White, and Boyd Columbia office shortly after its inception in 2011.  Having served the docket of two federal court judges in addition to practicing law in two states, Laura has a unique combination of experience in private practice litigation and government service.

Laura’s litigation practice focuses on products liability and business and commercial matters.  She has defended a variety of manufacturers against products liability claims, with a concentration in recent years on tire and vehicle defect litigation.  She also counsels and defends clients in high-profile business disputes between corporate interests. Laura’s experience includes the management of protective order and trade secret issues, expert witness challenges, and complex discovery and evidentiary matters.  On the appellate side, Laura has represented clients in the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In her employment practice, Laura has represented a wide variety of employers throughout the Southeast and has defended public and private employers in federal and state courts, and in administrative agencies, against numerous employment-related claims, including ADA, ADEA, EPA, FLSA, FMLA, South Carolina Payment of Wages Act, Title VII/PDA, wrongful discharge, and USERRA. Laura also has assessed and advised clients concerning whistleblower claims and resulting litigation.  In addition to handling her clients’ litigation needs, Laura represents and counsels employers on a variety of human resource matters, including drafting and implementing policies and procedures, managing disciplinary and other personnel decisions, and drafting and enforcing non-compete and other restrictive covenants.

Laura possesses outstanding trial advocacy skills and focuses on complex, high-stakes legal matters that require unique or extensive risk management, research, analysis, and strategy.  She has presented seminars on employment-related matters and authored litigation-related materials, including an article in a defense counsel training manual utilized by many of the top law firms in the country.

Associations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite – Business Litigation, Columbia Business Monthly, 2016
  • Developmental Editor, Alabama Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers
  • National Moot Court Team, Swing Advocate
  • Best Oral Advocate and Finalist, Moot Court Competition
  • M. Leigh Harrison Award
  • Hugo Black Scholar
  • Moot Court Board

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2000
  • South Carolina, 2012

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Testimonial

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