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Ellison F. McCoy

Principal and Office Litigation Manager

P 864-672-8049
F 864-235-1381


Ellison F. McCoy is a Principal and Litigation Manager in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is engaged exclusively in the practice of employment law on behalf of management.

Mr. McCoy has represented employers in litigation matters before state and federal administrative agencies and various state and federal trial and appellate courts. During his legal career, Mr. McCoy has handled a wide-variety of employment matters involving claims such as discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age and disability; sexual and racial harassment; wrongful discharge; retaliation; breach of contract; defamation; covenants not to compete and trade secret violations; and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act. In addition, he has extensive experience counseling clients on compliance issues and litigation avoidance strategies and regularly conducts management training programs on various employment-related topics. Mr. McCoy devotes a significant amount of his practice to assisting employers with disability practice management, particularly including issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in August 2004, Mr. McCoy spent ten years practicing management-side employment law with a regional labor and employment law firm. Mr. McCoy lives in Greenville with his wife, Jeanne, and three children.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Greenville Magazine, "Legal Elite of the Upstate" (2013 and 2015)
  • Greenville Magazine, "Best & Brightest 35 and Under" (2004)

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Leadership Greenville, Class XXXI Graduate
  • South Carolina Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • St. Mary's Catholic School, Advisory Board Member (2007 - present)
  • St. Mary's Classic & Gala, Chairman (2008-2010)

Published Works

  • Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers. 3rd ed. NA: South Carolina Bar, 2007. [Co-Author]
  • Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers. 2nd ed. SC: South Carolina Bar, 2004. [Co-Author]
  • "The Reauthorization of Exon-Florio: A Battle Between Spurring the U.S. Economy and Protecting National Security," Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 22.3 (1992) [Author]

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August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

May 26, 2017
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2017 Edition

May 26, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 26, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 68 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

August 15, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 15, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 – Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the... Read More

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Evidence of Immigration Status Blocked by Courts
July 25, 2017

Could barring evidence in court of undocumented workers’ immigration status actually prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants? It could, according to one Illinois district court judge. U.S. Read More

That Stinks! EEOC Sues on Behalf of Employee Denied Relief from Workplace Smells
July 13, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the EEOC filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina alleging that an employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing a request to telecommute from an employee with a sensitivity to workplace smells. Read More

Employers Beware: Intermittent FMLA Absences Not Subject to “Proof of Need”
March 17, 2017

On January 27, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that provides a cautionary tale to employers about seeking documentation from an employee on intermittent FMLA leave. In Diamond v. Hospice of Florida Keys, Inc., Case No. 15-15716 (11th Circuit, Jan. Read More