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Richard J. Morgan


803.753.3292 Direct
803.799.9800 Main
803.933.1449 Direct Fax
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Columbia, SC Office
1221 Main Street
Suite 1800
Columbia, SC 29201
Ann Shuler
803.753.3414 Direct


Rick is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law. He represents employers and has tried to verdict numerous employment defamation, discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases.

Rick advises and counsels employers on all aspects of employment and labor law issues and has experience representing employers in state and federal courts and in administrative tribunals. He has defended employers in litigation involving wage and hour laws, unemployment compensation, unfair labor practices, contract disputes, wrongful termination, negligent supervision/hiring/retention, intentional infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and enforcement of non-compete agreements. In addition, Rick has advised employers during union organizing attempts and in OSHA matters.

  • Settled ADA class action lawsuit for payment of a nominal amount to plaintiffs in bet-the-company litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment in class action race discrimination lawsuit with potential exposure in excess of $100 million
  • Served as counsel in SC Court of Appeals decision establishing factors to avoid treble damages and attorney fees in wage payment case
  • Obtained Fourth Circuit opinion reversing U.S. District court finding of punitive damages
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of hospital in defamation claim by doctor, former chair of hospital's board of directors
  • Obtained numerous jury verdicts in which individuals claimed major corporation discriminated against them
  • Successfully defended "Batson" charge before Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended (jury verdict) in race discrimination, race harassment case
  • Successfully defended (jury verdict) in sex discrimination, sex harassment, wage case
  • Board Member, Committee of 100, Central SC Alliance (2011-2015)                
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina, Inc. (1996-2015)
    • Chair Emeritus (2011-2012)
  • Past Chair, Labor & Employment Section, South Carolina Bar (2000)
  • Named, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (2017-2018)
  • Recipient, Leadership in Law Award, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America© (2007-2019)
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating*
  • Listed, South Carolina Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor (2008-2018)
  • Named, Legal Elite of the Midlands, Columbia Business Monthly (2010)
  • Recipient, McNair Leadership Award (2000)

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent®, and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Bryant v. Aiken Regional Medical Centers, 333 F.3d 536 (4th Cir. 2003)
  • Prescott v. Farmers Telephone Co-op., 335 S.C. 330, 516 S.E.2d 923 (1999)