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Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott L.L.C.

Address:
Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott L.L.C.
339 Heyward Street
Suite 200
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 254-3300
Fax: (803) 254-0309
Web site: www.mtsolawfirm.com
Firm Size: 5 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Michael D. Malone
malone@mtsolawfirm.com

Firm Description

Additional Office:

Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott L.L.C.
3600 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 125
Charlotte, North Carolina 28273
Phone: (704) 522-2824
Fax: (704) 522-2032
Primary Contact: Michael Ott

Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott L.L.C. limits its practice to representing management and insurance carriers in labor and employment matters. Our basic mission is to protect employers. We strive to provide the highest quality legal services in a practical fashion at reasonable fees. Our clients include large and small businesses, public and private sector organizations, and non-profit as well as for-profit entities. We represent a broad spectrum of employers that fall in virtually all sectors of the economy including manufacturing, health care, utilities, transportation, communications, insurance, real estate, financial services, advertising, retail, hospitality, housing, and government.

Our practice includes both counseling and litigation components. The ultimate goal of our counseling practice is to “prevent the formal conflict.” We offer careful advice, guidance, and strategies with regard to personnel actions, workplace policies, and legal compliance issues. We also provide practical training to employers and trade associations on a frequent basis. We take pride in being regarded as “the safety net” for our clients. The ultimate goal of our litigation practice is to "achieve the best possible outcome for our client." If it costs $50,000 for an employer to prove that the employer was “right” when the matter could have been resolved for $5,000, has the employer really won? Our attorneys are experienced litigators who utilize their knowledge to employ effective defense strategies and to exploit weaknesses and deficiencies in the opposition’s case. Early dismissals and low cost settlements are what our litigators strive to achieve.

The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has awarded our firm an AV rating. This is the highest rating awarded and is based on legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. The firm is also listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s The Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.

Our clients’ problems are our problems. We thoroughly enjoy practicing labor and employment law. We are flattered every time an employer contacts us for any form of assistance. And we take great satisfaction in helping employers avoid obstacles, overcome problems, and focus on their core mission.

 

Attorney Biographies

Michael D. Malone (Managing Partner),
Born Fort Worth, Texas, September 6, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, South Carolina and U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A., 1986); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1990). Phi Delta Phi (President, 1989-1990). Co-Author: "Labor Relations" South Carolina Jurisprudence, 1993; "Religion in the Workplace," Labor Law Journal (CCH), 1998; "Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers," 1999. Member: South Carolina Bar (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section). (Certified Specialist, Employment and Labor Law, The Supreme Court of South Carolina). Practice Areas: Labor and Employment.

Lawrence J. Needle (Special Counsel),
Born Charleston, South Carolina, November 4, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas; 1993, South Carolina. Education: Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., 1982; J.D., 1985). Member: South Carolina Bar; State Bar of Texas; American Immigration Lawyers Association. (Also practicing individually in Columbia). Practice Areas: Immigration Law.

Michael K. Ott (Member),
Born Orangeburg, South Carolina, March 16, 1964; admitted to bar 1989, South Carolina, 1998, North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Western North Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: Clemson University (B.A., 1986); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1989). Co-Author: “Labor Relations,” South Carolina Jurisprudence, 1993; “Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA,” Uptown Magazine, 1994. Vice President and Asst. Gen. Counsel, Royal & SunAlliance USA (2000-2006). Member: North Carolina and South Carolina Bars (Member, Labor and Employment Law, Tax Sections). Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Employee Benefits, and ERISA.

Lake E. Summers (Member),
Born Falls Church, Virginia, August 10, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, South Carolina; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: West Virginia University (B.S., 1987); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1991). Distinguished Military Graduate, West Virginia University. Law Clerk to Hon. Julius H. Baggett, South Carolina Circuit Court Judge. Assistant Solicitor, 11th Judicial Circuit, Lexington, South Carolina, 1996-2000. [Major, U.S Army JAG Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and 12th Legal Support Organization; Recipient, Bronze Star, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003; Recipient, Meritorious Service Medal, 82nd Airborne Division, 1996]. Practice Areas: Labor and Employment; Civil Rights.

Charles F. Thompson, Jr. (Managing Partner),
Born Walterboro, South Carolina, August 31, 1962; admitted to bar, 1991, South Carolina and U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: Clemson University (B.S., 1985); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1991). Order of the Wig and Robe. Managing Editor, South Carolina Law Review. Member, Moot Court Bar. Law Clerk to Honorable Clyde H. Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law. Certified Public Accountant; Certified Mediator. Member: South Carolina Bar. (Certified Specialist, Employment and Labor Law, The Supreme Court of South Carolina). Practice Areas: Labor and Employment.

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