Stephen R. Woods - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Stephen R. Woods

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 864-271-1300

Stephen Woods represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He assists national, regional, and local clients on counseling/preventive, EEOC and employment litigation, and traditional labor (union) issues and questions.  He is the chair of the firm's Background Check Advice Group and the shareholder-author of the firm's O-D Comply: Background Check subscription materials.Stephen lives by a client-centric mantra which combines prevention and practicality to create innovative, business-centered solutions which comply with the law.  Making national clients happy and satisfied takes a unique skill set, which Stephen has developed and honed during his work with clients and the firm since 1996.  Among the employer-clients with whom Stephen has the pleasure of working as the firm's relationship shareholder are Michaels Stores, Michelin North America, Raycom Media, and US Oncology.Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen served as the Manager of Administrative Services at The Greenville News (Greenville, SC), where he managed the HR function for this 500-employee newspaper publishing company.

Presbyterian CollegeBS 1990University of South CarolinaJ.D. 1996
National Association of Professional Background Screeners South Carolina Bar AssociationGreenville (SC) Bar AssociationNational LGBT Bar Association

Case History

Experience — On the litigation front, Stephen represents employers on a variety of  labor & employment issues, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and FLSA.  Recently, he successfully opposed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's attempts to enforce in federal district court an overly broad subpoena seeking national information from a client with operations in all 50 states.Stephen is a top-rated, repeat speaker to groups and companies throughout the country on labor & employment topics.  He can make even the driest legal topic (think:  GINA, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, FMLA, etc.) relatable and relevant to an employer’s current workplace and employment situations.
Stephen is a practical, plain-English counselor on a variety of subjects, including the following:
  • The federal Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and state mini-WARN Acts (including, amidst recent corporate right-sizing and downsizing, assistance to hundreds of employer-clients in lawfully conducting workplace reductions in force);
  • The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and related state mini-FCRAs (including employee background check contracts, forms, processes, and issues);
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (including enforceable, compliant severance agreements and the creation of successful voluntary retirement programs);
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA); and
  • Employer rights and obligations arising from H1N1 and avian flu pandemics during the last decade.


Office Location

The Ogletree Building, Fifth Floor
300 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment