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Leslie M. Whitten

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Leslie Whitten focuses her practice in the area of workers’ compensation law.  She has defended numerous cases involving repetitive trauma claims and mental injuries, and she has considerable experience representing large self-insured companies.

Leslie has received the AV Preeminent™ Rating Judicial Edition, which is the highest possible rating an attorney may receive for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Leslie is also certified to provide counsel to clients in various industries in the area of information privacy and cybersecurity including incident investigation and breach response management, regulatory compliance, privacy and security policy review and drafting, and cyber risk management.  She speaks frequently to various groups and organizations on the topic of information privacy and cybersecurity.  She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Law School

Leslie graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law where she was President of the Federalist Society and the Christian Legal Society. She was also a member of the

  • South Carolina Law Review
  • Moot Court Bar, serving as Associate Justice of Administration
  • Order of the Barristers
  • John Belton O’Neil Inn of Court

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 2001


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Charleston Southern University, B.A., 1998


  • Law clerk to Judge Daniel F. Pieper, Chief Administrative Judge for Charleston County, 2001-2002



  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Toastmasters
  • SCPRIMA – Ex-officio member of the Board of Directors

Articles / case studies

  • Notice and Statute of Limitations Issues in Repetitive Trauma Cases by Matthew O. Riddle and Leslie M. Whitten, Published in: SC Lawyer (May 2011)
  • Repetitive Trauma Workers’ Compensation Claims in South Carolina by Leslie M. Whitten, Published In: SC Lawyer (January 2008)
  • The Current Status of Workers’ Compensation Hearing Loss Claims in South Carolina: A Defense Perspective by Nancy Bloodgood and Leslie M. Whitten, published in: Charleston Law Review (Fall 2007)