Specialist in Labor & Employment Law

With both a law degree and a master’s degree in business, Chris helps employers to discover solutions to their employment law problems. Chris is a certified specialist in labor and employment law and has a special interest in employee and labor relations, employee benefits, handbook drafting, HIPAA compliance as applicable to employment, wage and hour compliance and litigation, and substance abuse testing. He has reviewed hundreds of employee handbooks and policies, assisted private and public employers with the formulation and implementation of employment policies, and successfully represented employers in scores of matters in litigation in the state and federal courts and in charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. He represents many hospitals, federal contractors, and local governments.

Chris has offered presentations to state-wide audiences on various employment law topics, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, employee handbook litigation, HIPAA compliance, and immigration laws.

Masters in International Business

Chris is a cum laude graduate of Wofford College and earned a joint juris doctor and master’s in international business from the University of South Carolina. He speaks German and, while obtaining his master’s degree, Chris worked for a multi-national chemical company in Switzerland. He was a member of the Order of Wig & Robe in law school.

When he’s not at work — and occasionally when he is — Chris enjoys playing the bass guitar and sometimes plays with his church’s contemporary worship band. Chris is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.


  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2000
  • University of South Carolina, I.M.B.A., 2000
  • Wofford College, B.A., cum laude, 1996


  • South Carolina, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2021

Certifications & Memberships

  • Certified Specialist, Employment & Labor Law
  • Richland County Bar Association
Chistopher Johnson - Employment & Labor Defense Lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina

Areas of Concentration

Benefits, Drug Testing, Labor Relations, Leave Laws, Personnel Policies & Handbooks, RIF’s & WARN Act, Wage & Hour

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