J. Theodore "Ted" Gentry

J. Theodore "Ted" Gentry


Wyche, P.A.

Recognized since 2007

Greenville, South Carolina

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Commercial Litigation

Employment Law - Management

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Appellate Practice
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Ted Gentry focuses his practice on counseling colleges and universities and on appellate litigation. Ted’s career handling complex litigation gives him valuable insights into the ways that today’s decisions affect tomorrow’s disputes.

Ted has served education clients for over two decades, and has extensive appellate experience, including cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Location

  • 200 East Broad Street, Suite 400
    Greenville, SC 29601

Education

  • Yale University , J.D., graduated 1987
  • Wake Forest University, B.S., graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia Bar
  • South Carolina, South Carolina Bar

Affiliations

  • Foothills Philharmonic - Principal Bassoonist
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys - Member, 2003-Present
  • Peace Center for the Performing Arts - Board Member and General Counsel, 2006-2012

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

Wyche, P.A.
Headquarters: Greenville, South Carolina

19 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

3 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Appellate Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Management, Greenville (2022)
  • Appellate Practice, Greenville (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Litigation
  • Management
  • State and Federal
  • Whistleblowers

Awards:

  • Named One of the Top 25 Lawyers in SC by South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2016-Present
  • Named Appellate "Lawyer of the Year" for Greenville by Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Recognized as "Legal Elite" by the Greenville Business Magazine, 2012-2016
  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2011-Present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2008-Present
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2007-Present

Class Actions

  • Pitts v. Jackson National Life Insurance: Defended this insurance practices class action in state court in South Carolina. After conditional certification of a class, obtained summary judgment on the merits, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Cook v. Liberty Life: Defended insurance company in this insurance contract interpretation class action. We obtained summary judgment on the merits.

Antitrust

  • Stoddard v. Smart Corporation and Hiller v. Smart Corporation. Represented defendant in these two antitrust class actions – one in federal court, one in state court – alleging monopolistic practices in the copying of medical records. We obtained summary judgment on the merits in both cases.
  • Spartanburg Regional Hospital System v. Hillenbrand: Worked actively as local counsel in defending this antitrust class action, which alleged antitrust violations arising out of alleged "bundled discounts."

Employment

  • Peacock v. Thomas. Obtained 8–1 victory in the United States Supreme Court in this appeal arising out of an ERISA claim.
  • Klein v. Video Update. Obtained seven-figure award on behalf of executive in suit over unpaid wages.

College & Universities

  • Obtained summary judgment for college in contract claim by professory alleging failure to consider tenure
  • Obtained summary judgment for college in tort claim brought by ROTC instructor against college and one of its deans
  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing attempted removal of clients as trustees of private college
  • Advised generally on a wide range of concerns, including FERPA, student discipline, Clery Act compliance, Title IX compliance and litigation, relationships with supporting organizations and entities, and articles and bylaws revisions

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