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Jennifer K. Dunlap

Partner
Charleston | 843.727.2658
Fax | 843.727.2680

Jenni Dunlap is a Charleston employment attorney who brings more than 20 years of experience and knowledge to her practice. She is a versatile litigator and advisor who handles employment and business disputes in federal and state courts for clients in the manufacturing, technology, health care, banking, and hospitality industries. Jenni also serves as a no-nonsense counselor for businesses who want straightforward, practical advice consistent with their big-picture goals.

Jenni regularly assists businesses regarding all issues related to employment, including drafting employment agreements, handbooks, and policies. She advises on best practices for hiring, background checks, employee classification, performance management, leave issues, internal investigations, wage and hour compliance, workforce reductions, and, most recently, workplace issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenni has served as lead counsel in lawsuits involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation tied to race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, whistleblowing, and veteran status. She has also represented clients in lawsuits involving allegations of wrongful termination, breaches of contract, wage and hour violations, and violations of noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.

Jenni’s clients benefit from the variety of cases she has handled. She has developed both a significant grasp of a range of industries and a deep understanding that every case and every client is unique. She tailors her approach in each case to fit each client’s business strategy and definition of success.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2000 where she was a managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, Jenni practiced law for two large international firms in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, Jenni focused on a wide array of employment and tort matters as well as working on high-profile class action lawsuits. Since moving to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2006, Jenni has continued to handle employment matters in addition to representing clients in general business, unfair trade practice, class action, and tort lawsuits.

Representative Experience

  • Defended employers in collective and class action lawsuits involving alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and local wage and hour laws.
  • Served as primary counsel in South Carolina for large international bank on numerous employment matters involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for whistleblower activities.
  • Defended high-profile multi-plaintiff litigation involving tort and contract issues for large international bank.
  • Defended and prosecuted cases involving alleged unfair practices, including theft of trade secrets and violations of restrictive covenants.
  • Represented clients in EEOC proceedings and federal and state courts involving all aspects arising out of an employment relationship, including allegations of race, sex, national origin, age, military status, and disability discrimination, as well as wage and hour class actions, and lawsuits involving claims for wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, and infliction of emotional distress
  • Advised employers on specific personnel actions such as hiring, evaluations, discipline and terminations
  • Drafted employee handbooks, employee agreements, separation agreements and non-competition agreements
  • Provided supervisor, management and human resources training for employers.

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Honors & Awards

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2015
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section, Chair-Elect, 2021-present, Council, 2017-present
  • YWCA of Greater Charleston, Board of Directors, 2017-present, Vice Chair, 2021-present, Secretary 2019-2021
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, Parent Advisory Council, 2016-2018