Nekki Shutt received Civic Star Award from Richland County Bar Association

Nekki Shutt

COLUMBIA, SC – Nekki Shutt, one of the founding partners of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, has received the Richland County Bar Association’s Civic Star Award. The honor recognizes exceptional and meritorious community service.

Shutt was recognized Wednesday during the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. She joins a notable list of award recipients that includes D. Cravens Ravenel, who mentored Shutt early in her career, and Kathleen McDaniel, one of Shutt’s partners in founding the firm. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and South Carolina Rep. James Smith, Shutt’s classmate at the University of South Carolina School of Law, also are past recipients.

Shutt’s community contributions including co-founding the SC Equality Coalition in 2002 – the statewide organization that advocates for LGBTQ civil and human rights. She served as the group’s first chair for two years and then as a board member for 15 years. She also is a founding board member of Progress South.

Additionally, Shutt volunteers her time with the SC Bar Association where she serves on Labor and Employment Law Section executive council. Over the past 23 years, she has spoken scores of legal seminars and served as a pro bono attorney for LGBTQ issues through the SC Equality Litigation Task Force. Shutt and law partner M. Malissa Burnette led the legal team that litigated marriage equality into law in South Carolina in 2014.

She and the firm have contributed significantly to the arts, sponsoring exhibits at the Columbia Museum of Art and film series at The Nickelodeon.

A South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, Shutt
Focuses her legal practice on civil litigation. Her emphasis is on employee benefits under ERISA.

About Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

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