Hannah D.  Stetson

Hannah D. Stetson

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Hannah Stetson is a Shareholder in Turner Padget’s Columbia, South Carolina office, where she is a member of the Workplace Litigation Team.

Her practice focuses on representing employers and management in various litigation, administrative, and counseling matters. She defends employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC), and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW). She frequently counsels employers on best policies and practices to help limit or avoid potential liability.

Hannah is also a member of Turner Paget’s statewide professional license defense team, where she defends professionals in disciplinary matters before various professional licensing boards regulated by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. When a complaint is initiated against your professional license, there are multiple collateral issues to consider including: current and future employment, the impact of the current allegation upon your ability to advance your education and your career, potential or pending criminal charges, even questions concerning fitness for practice. Failing to consider and prepare for collateral concerns, or improper timing related to a single issue can have lasting consequences. Hannah and the other members of the Turner Padget professional license defense team understand the importance of a strategic, well-planned defense, and what actions to take before a hearing to ensure that you are well-prepared. Hannah can handle your professional license defense related needs and will strive to protect your right to continued practice.

In addition to her labor and employment and professional licensing defense, Hannah also practices personal injury defense, premises liability defense, and general business and commercial litigation, including drafting and litigating restrictive covenants.

Following law school, Hannah served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She subsequently served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Her clerkship experiences provide her with a unique perspective of the litigation process that she is able to utilize in defending, advising, and counseling her clients.


  • Successfully defended employers on charges of discrimination before the EEOC and SCHAC to obtain “no cause” determinations and dismissals.
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 2009
  • South Carolina, 2014
  • North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District for the District of South Carolina, 2015
  • United States District for the Western District of North Carolina, 2015
  • United States District for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2015

Professional or Industry Involvement

  • South Carolina Women’s Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Young Lawyer’s Division
  • Best Lawyers in America: "Ones to Watch", Litigation: Labor and Employment (2022-2023)
  • Columbia Business Monthly 2021 Best & Brightest 35 and Under (December 2021)
  • Midlands Elite Lawyer, Employment Law, 2017- 2020


  • "New Employment Laws for 2021- SC Chapter," DRI (February 2021)
  • "Social Media #BestPractices for Employers," ACC Docket (December 2019)
  • DRI / The Job Description, “Political Activities in Private Sector Workplaces” (2018)

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