Common values, shared passions led to formation of law firm

Malissa Burnette (1977) said she had been contemplating retirement when a team of attorneys with whom she worked at a Columbia law firm began thinking about out on their own.

The process began March 13, and by June 1 the firm of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel P.A. opened for business on the second floor of a historic warehouse building at 912 Lady St. in the Congaree Vista neighborhood.

Burnette and partners Nekki Shutt (1995) and Kathleen McDaniel (2007) had practiced together for nearly seven years at Callison Tighe & Robinson LLC before forming the new firm.

They’ve since been joined by associates Janet Rhodes and Jacqueline “Jax” Pavlicek (2012), who also were at Callison Tighe. The firm has 10 staff members.

“The opportunity to build a unique law practice with people who are both colleagues and friends doesn’t arise too often in life,” Burnette said of her decision to postpone a retirement party. Another bonus is that her daughter, Grant Burnette LeFever (2018), plans to join the firm in June after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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