Madison Baker Wyche, III

Shareholder Greenville

Mr. Wyche is one of the founding attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, practicing with the firm since its inception. He provides advice on employment matters, litigation, arbitration, discrimination claims, and traditional labor or NLRA matters.

Mr. Wyche began his practice in Georgia in 1972. One of his early cases involved the defense of a Georgia county in the United States District Court, M.D. GA, against claims that their jury selection process was discriminatory. He successfully argued the case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1974, and the Supreme Court affirmed the decision, as they denied certiorari based on his brief. Coming to Greenville in 1976, his practice focused on employment and labor law.  He began as one of the defense attorneys in the Back Pay Specification of the Darlington case brought by the NLRB. His experience also consists of advising J.P. Stevens & Co., Inc. during their conflict with the TWUA and ACTWU, including their corporate campaign. He has handled numerous arbitration cases, and has advised employers on representation campaigns, unfair labor practice cases, and negotiated bargaining agreements at multiple locations.

His broad experience provides an understanding of business issues to advise employers on strategic planning and litigation avoidance. He has advised companies from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and elsewhere, on doing business in and compliance with the laws of the United States. He has assisted domestic companies with their needs in the international arena.

Elected to the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2002, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, South Carolina Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, and the 100 Most Powerful Attorneys in America.  Mr. Wyche graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Business Administration.  He was Co-Editor of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, published in 1999, 2007 and 2011 by the South Carolina Bar Association.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Regional Co-Chair (Management), ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA; Labor and Employment Section; International Law Section; Litigation Section)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (4th Circuit Credentials Committee, 2009; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2005)
  • South Carolina Bar Association (Nominating Committee (1993-95); House of Delegates (1992-1999 and 2004-2012); Continuing Legal Education Division (1997-1998; Chairman, 1998; Seminars Committee, Chairman 1997); Unauthorized Law Practice Committee (Chairman, 1982-86 and 1988-92); Young Lawyers Division (Executive Committee, 1981; Ethics Study Committee (Chairman, 1981); Employment and Labor Law Section.
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia (Vice President of Albany-Dougherty County Bar Association, 1975)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Artisphere – The International Arts Festival of Greenville (General Counsel 2006-09; Board of Governors, 2005-14)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Council (Board of Governors, 1999-2000; Chair, Eagle Review Board)
  • Commerce Club of Greenville (Board of Directors, 1993-2007)
  • Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (Standing Committee 2012-15; Diocesan Executive Committee, 2012-2015; Commission on the Diocese 2015)
  • Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce ( General Counsel 2002-06; Board of Directors; Board of Governors; Greenville Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004-2005; HR Leadership Forum, Steering Committee 1984-1986.)
  • North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (Employer-Employee Relations Committee, 1982-1985)
  • Poinsett Club (President 2010; Board of Directors 2008-2011)
  • Poinsett Club Foundation (Vice President; Board of Directors 2010-present)
  • Rotary Club of Greenville (Board of Directors, 1982-1984; Presented with the Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Club). 
  • United Way of Greenville, Palmetto Society, (Board of Governors, 1993-2003)

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Piddling in Your Policies: The NLRB's Expansive Definition of "Protected Concerted Activity" Applied to Your Handbook'' - New Orleans - May 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Pay and Promotion Discrimination: The Ticking Time Bomb'' - Chicago - May 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Ethical Issues in Employment Cases'' - New Orleans - May 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Ethical Dilemmas for In-House Counsel'' - Phoenix - May 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''What to Do When Workers Want the Union Out'' - Atlanta - May 2006
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Challenges Faced by Employers in the Healthcare Industry'' - Atlanta - May 2004
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''New Targets of the AFL-CIO: Engineers, Technicians, Healthcare Workers and Administrative Employees'' - Atlanta - May 2002
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Ethical Dilemmas for In-House Counsel'' - Atlanta - May 1999

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2011 - Labor and Employment for South Carolina Lawyers, 4th Edition - "Employment Contracts"
2007 - Labor and Employment for South Carolina Lawyers, 3rd Edition - "Employment Contracts"
August 07, 2006 - GSA Business - "Job Market Brightens for New Attorneys"

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