Gist Law Firm, Columbia, South Carolina 

Attorney Donald Gist is the Senior Partner in the Gist Law Firm. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He also holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of South Carolina. Attorney Gist received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1972 from Benedict College, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Attorney Gist primarily practices in the area of Employment Law. Attorney Gist is a recipient of the Lincoln C. Jenkins Legal Services Award from the Columbia Urban League for his services in being a superior lawyer in the field of civil rights. He appears before Federal and State Courts representing Plaintiff’s against their employers. Attorney Gist also handles cases before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, South Carolina State Grievance Committee,  South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, United States Labor Department, South Carolina School Boards, the United States Merits System Promotion Board and City and County Governments. He also focuses in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Criminal Law.

Before forming the Gist Law Firm, Attorney Gist held positions with the South Carolina Department of Labor as Director of Labor Conciliation and Director of Labor Management Services with responsibilities as Deputy Commissioner for Labor Management Employment issues for 18 years.


Attorney Gist has received many awards throughout his career. In 1985, Attorney Gist was recognized by the Harvard University Business Review Department as a Labor Expert in the field of Labor-management litigation and employer-employee dispute resolution arenas in the United States. As a result, the South Carolina General Assembly by Joint Resolution of the S.C. Senate and the S.C. House of Representatives recognized him for his achievements on March 12, 1985. Martindale Hubbell recognizes him as being a very high rated attorney in the field of Employment Law.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association; the Richland County Lawyers Association; the Columbia Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association and American Bar Association. He is a member of the Columbia Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a Deacon at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.

Attorney Gist is married to Adrienne R. Gist and they are the parents of Donald Gist Jr. and the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin.  Attorney Gist and his wife have three grandchildren.