Mary Stuart King is an Associate in the Firm's Charleston, South Carolina office, where she focuses her practice on Employment and Labor Law matters. As an Employment Attorney, she takes a proactive approach by providing advice to employers from coast-to-coast focused on avoiding issues that often lead to litigation, including through drafting handbooks, conducting harassment and discrimination training, addressing wage and hour issues, and drafting employment agreements.

Beyond providing daily counsel, Mary Stuart represents employers in state and federal courts on a range of cases involving discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, payment of wages, and breach of contract claims under the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, as well as other state and federal laws. Additionally, Mary Stuart is experienced in responding to and handling investigations of claims filed against employers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, the Department of Employment and Workforce, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, among other state and federal agencies.

In the area of traditional labor law, Mary Stuart advises clients on avoiding and responding to unfair labor practices, union organizing efforts, corporate campaigns, and work stoppages. Outside of union activity and campaigns, Mary Stuart uses this experience to draft handbooks, policies, and agreements in compliance with the NLRA and recent National Labor Relations Board decisions.

Mary Stuart earned her degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, magna cum laude, where was a member and leader of numerous organizations, including as the Executive Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and Vice President of the Labor & Employment Law Society. She also received her B.S., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. During her undergraduate career, Mary Stuart conducted neuroscience research at the University of South Carolina and performed statistical analyses for anesthesiology research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Outside Maynard Nexsen

Outside of the firm, you can find Mary Stuart cheering on the Carolina Gamecocks.



  • Recognized in Charleston Business Magazine's "Legal Elite of the Lowcountry" (2022-Present)


Author - "To Protect or Not to Protect: An Empirical Approach to Predicting Where the Fourth Circuit Would Stand on Coverage for Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII, 70 S.C. Rev. 1151 (2019)"


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    Part 3: Nexsen Pruet is well-positioned to assist physicians in evaluating their employment agreement as well as their separation agreement. Attorney Mary Stuart King wraps up this video series with instructions on how to ensure fair contracts for all parties. We stand ready to help.

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    Part 2: Attorney Mary Stuart King outlines key contract terms for experienced physicians who approach new employment agreements. Learn more about tail coverage and indemnification clauses.

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    Nexsen Pruet’s Employment and Labor Law practice introduces a new video series with insight on physician contracts. Learn the fundamental contract terms a new physician should be aware of with Attorney Mary Stuart King.

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    Due to the global pandemic, employers are regularly recruiting new employees virtually. Attorney Mary Stuart King discuss what employers need to know regarding laws and challenges surrounding virtual interviewing.


  • State Bar: South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee 
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