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William H. Foster

Partner

Poinsett Plaza
104 South Main Street
Suite 900
Greenville, SC 29601
bill.foster@nelsonmullins.com

Bill Foster leads the employment practice in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses on advising and defending management on all issues of employment law, human relations, employee benefits, and immigration on a local, regional, and national basis.

Bill Foster leads the employment practice in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses on advising and defending management on all issues of employment law, human relations, employee benefits, and immigration on a local, regional, and national basis.

Bill Foster leads the employment practice in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses on advising and defending management on all issues of employment law, human relations, employee benefits, and immigration on a local, regional, and national basis.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Advises and defends employers in employment-related matters, including:
    • discrimination and retaliation under federal and state equal employment opportunity laws
    • state common law wrongful discharge
    • non-compete and trade secrets agreements and related litigation
    • employee benefits litigation under ERISA
    • immigration compliance
    • contract disputes
    • corporate investigations and risk management
  • Has defended clients in jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia
  • Has argued cases in the S.C. Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Works with Firm clients on numerous employment law and employee benefits class actions
  • Defends clients in allegations of sexual abuse
  • Frequent lecturer for both industry and legal forums

Representative Cases

  • Farish v. Carolina Commercial Heat Treating, Inc., 225 F. Supp. 2d 632, (MDNC 2002)
  • Safety Kleen Systems, Inc. v. Hennkens, 301 F.3d 931 (8th Cir. 2002)
  • Christos, et al. v. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., 11 Fed. Appx. 367 (4th Cir. 2001) (Class Action)
  • Stokes, et al. v. Westinghouse Savannah River Co., 206 F.3d 420 (4th Cir. 2000) (Class Action)
  • Jones v. General Electric Co., 331 S.C 351, 503 S.E.2d 173 (1998)
  • Roberts v. National Health Corp., 133 F.3d 916 (4th Cir. 1998)
  • Roberts v. National Health Corp., 963 F. Supp. 512 (DSC 1997)

Educational Activities

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Tutor, Black Law Students Association
    • Legal Writing instructor for Professor James Flanagan

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, magna cum laude (First Honor Graduate) (1993)
    • South Carolina Law Review
    • The Order of the Coif
    • Chief Justice, Order of Wig and Robe
  • Furman University, BA, Political Science (1990)

Admissions

  • South Carolina

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (1993 - 1994)

Practice Areas

Industries

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