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John F. Emerson

Education Attorney at Mount Pleasant, SC

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1992
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    I work with students of all ages, with disabilities get the services to which they are entitled. I help students who have been expelled or suspended. I also handle claims of discrimination in schools.

    25 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I handle cases involving discrimination, improper pay, breach of contract, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and all other areas of employment law. I also assist with negotiating contracts and severance agreements.

    15 years

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Emerson Law, LLC
1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Ste. 15
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kristin | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honesty, compassion, and Integrity
Having the opportunity to be advised about my unique situation within a school district where some unfair practices were happening, Mr. Emerson viciously worked with me to find a suitable solution to the ongoing issues. He was compassionate about my situation, communicated very clearly with me and understood the business of education and politics having worked previously for Charleston County School District. Being represented by Mr. Emerson was a honor for me during the most difficult time in my professional career and he guided me on making the best decision for myself and my future career. His level of motivation and work ethic for my specific situation far surpassed what I expected. His level of integrity and honesty helped me to look at the situation from all angles to make the best legal decisions. There was never too many questions that I had or any lack of communication as he walked every step of the way with me to a positive conclusion. Since then, he has continued to check in to ensure that I am doing well professionally. I would definitely recommend his services and would utilize him again should his services be necessary.
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Counselor
Without reservation I highly recommend John Emerson. He advised and represented me in a very sensitive, complex discrimination case involving disability accommodation and wrongful termination. I called on Mr. Emerson at a critical juncture and he not only recovered my case in the nick of time to make a critical deadline, but advanced a clear direction to proceed. Mr. Emerson earned my full confidence early on: he holds the highest ethical standards, an uncommon depth of knowledge, diplomacy and relentless determination. I experienced steadfast dedication to my case, solid reassurance and keen direction when I needed it. Mr. Emerson had confidence in me; he encouraged my strengths while respecting my limitations. He fought tirelessly and prepared me for battle! At the same time, he was realistic with expectations and spent time helping me to understand all angles and aspects affecting my case. I'm thankful we were able to settle before going to court, but I am certain I’d have had my best shot with my lawyer in the lead! Mr. Emerson is Tops!
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you. I am so glad we were able to get you a good result.
Posted by CHRISTOPHER | October 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Education and Employment Lawyer
John has help me with several issues and is well experienced. Some times the best advice a lawyer can give is to not file a lawsuit. He looked at my issues and decided it was not a good idea.
Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Thorough and Compassionate
We were recently in the middle of an isolated, but complicated, legal situation that occurred on school property and unfortunately demanded two areas of focus. Our attorney for the first component felt we would be better represented for the second by a lawyer whose expertise was in education and working with the local school systems and constituency boards. He recommended John Emerson, a former attorney for the Charleston County School Board and an opposing council in a previous case. He told us that he was impressed by John's expertise and his fairness during his client's school constituency board meeting. All I can say is that we were impressed as well. Once we had reviewed the scenario with him and he felt he could assist us, John was thorough and pro-active with his and our preparations for the board meeting. Because of his previous position with the school board, he was extremely knowledgeable in regards to the process and layout of these meetings and what to expect from both the school and the constituency board on the other. He walked through the process with us from the beginning to the end, making extremely stressful situation just a little bit more relaxed. Once the board meeting was over, with a positive result I might add, John went above and beyond by reaching out to the school to smooth over the return to class and by checking in with us from time to time just to see how the semester and 'life' was going for his (ex) client. John Emerson is an excellent attorney and great person, someone I would absolutely refer to family, friends and acquaintances in the future.
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you for the kind words.
Posted by Virginia | October 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I can't say enough about what he did for me and my education
I was unfairly denied the right to defend my thesis for a second master's degree. With no idea how to fight a major collegiate institution, an attorney friend of mine recommended John for his excellent knowledge of academic law. (I didn't even know this was a type of law!) Having never been in this situation before, I assumed a couple of phone calls would suffice. But John took the time to meet with me on several occasions to get every detail correct. Going over my situation again and again, I explained a year of events that he became so familiar with it was like he was there. Every written word of my appeal was considered and designed to relay the proper information without wasteful or emotional detail. I was fighting with my heart and all the work I had put into my thesis, but John was fighting with his head the way the Dean would think and decide. I think John and I both teared up a bit when my appeal was granted and I was allowed another year to finish my thesis. What happened to me was unfair and the most frustrating part was that no one would listen to me. I was just another student to them. But John made them listen and react. Thanks to him I'm going to finish that second master's degree. I owe him more than I could ever give.
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Emerson is a very proficient and dedicated attorney. From day one he surpassed the level of motivation and expectations I anticipated for my legal case. Attorney Emerson is a man of great integrity and he will go the extra mile to do everything he possibly can to deliver the results you deserve. I will definitely utilize his services again!
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly trusted attorney with unmatched expertise
Having the privilege to receive counsel from Mr. Emerson has significantly impacted my life. Mr. Emerson has always showed compassion and professionalism during our interactions. Despite the significant awards that have been bestowed to Mr. Emerson, which include, but are not limited to the U.S.C. School of Law Alumni Association Compleat Lawyer Award, Mr. Emerson is very approachable and relatable. Mr. Emerson is very gracious to his clients in that he always makes time to respond to their needs despite his workload. The integrity and leadership by which Mr. Emerson exemplifies through his service to his clients related to the pursuit of justice truly makes Mr. Emerson second to none. Mr. Emerson has truly given me peace of mind across the situations by which he was hired to serve on my behalf. Mr. Emerson was contacted specifically for services related to educational law. The school by which I am currently enrolled failed to matriculate me into the doctoral program with the specialization by which the department chair and I agreed upon. The department chair constructed a program plan consistent with the clinical track that I received prior to matriculation but he did not enroll me into the clinical track with the registrar. Thus, without pursing remedies with the counsel of Mr. Emerson, I would not be able to graduate on time. This is attributable to the fact I would have completed classes that were inconsistent with the documentation that the registrar received. Furthermore, FAFSA would not be at liberty to cover classes that were not consistent with the program plan that the office of the registrar is required to abide by. While Mr. Emerson has only served on my behalf twice, he will always be my attorney of choice until his retirement. He is a brilliant and talented attorney that will always go the extra mile for his clients.
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Posted by Wendy | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complicated Non Compete
Earlier this year, I was laid off from my job of 5 years with a very large adhesive manufacturer. I hired John as my non compete was extremely limiting in what I could do and where. Having successfully worked within the adhesives market for years, I was concern about my future employment and was not willing to learn a new industry and start all over again. While many wanted to hire me, my non compete was keeping most from moving forward. John provided me solid advice, guidance and within a relatively short amount of time, was able to negotiate an agreement that all parties were satisfied with along with getting me all the severance that I was owed. If you are looking for a solid employment attorney who will work with and for you, I highly recommend John.
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Response from John Emerson January 30, 2021
Thank you very much.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Emerson Law LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Charleston County School District
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Special Counsel
  • Nexsen Pruet
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Shareholder
  • Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
  • 1993 - 2003
  • Judicial Clerk
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1992 - 1993
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1992
  • Emory University
  • B.A.
  • N/A


  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Educational Television Commission
  • Chairman
  • 2000 - 2002
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Vice Chair, Automobile Law Committee
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2009
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • The Compleat Lawyer
  • University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association
  • 2005
  • Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • N/A


  • The SciTech Weekly
  • Are We Worthy?
  • 2008
  • S.C Lawyers Weekly
  • Holiday Tips To Avoid Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
  • 2007
  • S.C. Lawyers Weekly
  • Fourth Circuit Panel Divides Over Reaffirming Prohibition Against Private Releases of FMLA Claims
  • 2007
  • South Carolina Lawyer
  • Less Paper, More Danger
  • 2007
  • Unemployment Compensation In South Carolina/S.C. Chamber of Commerce
  • Administrative Appeals
  • 2006
  • S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2006
  • How To Deal With Identity Theft
  • 2006
  • S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2006
  • FMLA Regs Update
  • 2006
  • 32 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 203 (1995)
  • Survey, Recent Developments In Automobile Law, Co-Editor
  • 1995
  • 31 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 121 (1994)
  • Survey, Recent Developments In Automobile Law, Co-Editor
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Student Seminar
  • The Road To Becoming A Labor and Employment Law Attorney
  • 2019
  • Annual Meeting
  • Dealing with Law Enforcement at the School Level
  • 2017
  • Annual Conference
  • HR Challenges for Charter Schools
  • 2017
  • Annual Meeting
  • Legal Issues for Parent Teacher Associations
  • 2016
  • Masters In Education program
  • Legal Issues for School Administrators
  • 2015
  • Annual School Law Conference
  • Why Must We Do It That Way: Compliance Issues for School Board Members
  • 2015
  • Masters in Education program
  • Legal Issues for School Administrators
  • 2014
  • Masters in Education program
  • Legal Issues for School Administrators
  • 2012
  • Annual School Law Conference
  • Teacher Employment, Contracts and the Board's Role
  • 2012
  • Annual School Law Conference
  • Personnel Decisions In A Budget Crisis
  • 2010
  • Tort and Insurance Practice Section and Young Lawyers Division Spring Meeting
  • Effective Use of Experts and Technology
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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Education Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John in a number of capacities, and have been impressed with his knowledge, responsiveness, and with his client focused practice. I wholeheartedly endorse John."
Education Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is very knowledgable in the fields of education law and employment law. I endorse and would highly recommend him."
Education Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is the only lawyer we refer clients to that are dealing with issues in the SC Education system. As a former attorney for the Charleston County School Board, he has the knowledge, relationships and skills to help families in need. I endorse this lawyer."