Burr & Forman

Edwin W. Johnson II

Edwin W. Johnson II Headshot
  • J.D., University of South Carolina (1976)
  • B.A., University of South Carolina (1972)

South Carolina

  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Board of Visitors
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Affairs Task Force, Board Member
  • Employers Association of South Carolina
  • Executives of State Business Roundtables
  • Palmetto Business Forum, Board Member, Secretary
  • The Federalist Society
  • Palmetto Project, Board Member
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • Columbia Business Monthly, "Legal Elite," Labor and Employment (2021)
  • Successful in defeating over eighty union organizing drives in textile, automotive, manufacturing, steel, chemical, longshoreman and hospitality industries covering the entire nation and including many Fortune 500 companies.

  • Participated in successful nationwide lobby team to defeat the Labor Law Reform Act.

  • Successful in representing clients in Federal and State legislative matters, including the Business Roundtable, Pirelli, and Georgia Pacific.

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As a Partner of the firm, Ned has practiced in all areas of labor relations law representing management for over thirty years. His practice has emphasized counseling management in proactive preventive measures to avoid the cost and disruption of union organizing drives, discrimination charges and wage/hour matters.

Ned has successfully represented companies with as few as five and as many as five thousand employees undergoing union representation attempts. In addition to his labor relations practice, Ned has an active governmental affairs practice on the state and federal level.

Following law school, Ned joined a management-side labor law firm in Greenville, South Carolina. His practice included all areas of labor law and employment relations, particularly supervisory training and union representation elections. In April 1985, he joined McNair Law Firm, P.A. with the charge to coordinate development of a Labor Law practice.