Attorney Janet E. Rhodes

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law - Employees
  • Wrongful Discharge, Retaliation, Failure to Promote
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Failure to Accommodate, Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Wage and Hour Disputes
  • Failure to Pay Overtime, Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Discrimination
  • Charges of Discrimination with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Severance Negotiation
  • Employment Contract Disputes
  • Non-Compete Disputes
  • Employment-Related Defamation, Negligence, and Civil Conspiracy
  • Retaliation and Whistleblower Protection
  • State Employee Grievance Procedure
  • Academics and Tenure
  • Employment Law - Employers
  • Employment Disputes Defense
  • Employment Practices Audit
  • Handbooks
  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Severance Agreements

Janet E. Rhodes is a litigator who joined the Mike Kelly Law Group in 2022. Rhodes' practice focuses on employment law where she represents both employees and employers in a variety of matters. Rhodes has represented clients in matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, wage disputes, and equal pay. She has represented employees and employers who have employment contract disputes, including non-compete agreements. Rhodes has litigated matters involving the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Rhodes has extensive experience drafting employment agreements, non-compete agreements, independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. For employers, she offers an in-depth employment practices audit ensuring employers are in compliance with the law with regards to matters such as statutorily mandated terms of employment and postings; she also drafts handbooks meant to serve as a first line of defense for employers with employee disputes.

Rhodes is a native of Ninety Six, SC located in Greenwood County. She graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College with a BA in Government. In undergrad, Rhodes enjoyed the arts and sang in three choral ensembles. She also excelled in sports, achieving NCAA Division I All-Conference honors for the javelin in her junior and senior years.

After her time at Wofford, Janet studied at the Charleston School of Law. After completing her Juris Doctor there, she clerked for the Hon. J. Ernest Kinard, Fifth Circuit Court. She also was a summer intern with the Hon. Henry F. Floyd, who at that time, was a U.S. District Court judge. He now serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District.

In her spare time, Rhodes participated in several seasons for the Sandlapper Singers. She serves on the Board of the Trustus Theatre in the role of Personnel Committee Chair. Rhodes also serves in the role of Secretary for the SC Bar Employment and Labor Law Section. Rhodes lives, works, and plays in the Vista and enjoys spending time with friends and family.


  • Wofford College, Bachelor of Arts, 2005
  • Charleston School of Law, 2008, Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina

Professional Organizations & Community Involvement

  • Richland County Bar
  • SC Bar Employment and Labor Law Section
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Trustus Theatre Board

Awards & Recognition

  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021 by Columbia Business Monthly in Labor and Employment Law 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment Law, 2018-2021; Employment Law – Individuals
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, 2020-2021
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-18
  • Leadership in Law Award, presented by Lawyer's Weekly, 2020