John F. Emerson, Attorney at Law


Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law

After establishing experience in the area, and demonstrating knowledge of the law, an attorney may earn this certification from the South Carolina Supreme Court.  It also means a substantial part of the attorney's practice is dedicated to employment law. I am very proud to have earned this certification of expertise.  

Former General Counsel of the Charleston County School District

For nine years I was the sole staff attorney for the second largest school district in South Carolina.  CCSD has 50,000 students, 6,000 employees and an annual budget of about $500 million dollars. Reporting to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees, I advised and defended the school district on all matters.  


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • U.S.C. School of Law Alumni Association Compleat Lawyer Award
  • Order of Wig and Robe
  • The Order of Barristers
  • The John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court

Prior Experience

General Counsel, Charleston County School District

Special Counsel, Nexsen Pruet LLC

Shareholder, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

Judicial Clerk to Hon. Robert F. Chapman, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • University of  South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • Emory  University , B.A.