1301 Gervais Street
Suite 810
Columbia, South Carolina 29201-3326T: 803.256.3200

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of employment litigation
  • Affirmative Action planning and audit defense

Bar & Court Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1997


University of South Carolina

  • J.D., 1994
  • Law Review; Order of Wig & Robe; AmJur Award, Constitutional Law II

University of Virginia

  • B.A., Psychology, Minor in Sociology, 1991
  • Psychology Honor Society; Sigma Kappa Sorority

Seminars & Presentations


Cara Yates Crotty

"The law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained."

-- Aaron Burr, U.S. Politician

"You know, the courts may not be working any more, but as long as everyone is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done."

-- Marge Simpson

Cara Crotty is a partner who has defended employers in cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship, including claims such as sexual, racial, age, and disability harassment; discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, and national origin; retaliation; and various other federal and state law claims. Cara Crotty also represents federal contractors covered by Executive Order 11246 in their affirmative action compliance obligations by assisting with Plan preparation and defending audits. Cara speaks regularly for various organizations.

Before joining Constangy, Cara worked as an Attorney-Advisor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor. 

More about me


  • "OFCCP Sex Bias Rules," ConstangyTV: Close Up on Workplace Law, October 2016
  • South Carolina Chapter of Wage and Hour Laws: A State by State Survey (ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, 2005-2009 Supplements)
  • "It's Back: Employment-at-will Reinforced in South Carolina," The Job Description, DRI, Summer 2004
  • Applying the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Defense to Supervisor Harassment, The Labor Lawyer, Vol. 16, No. 3 (2000)
  • " Worker Adjustment and Training Renotification Act," Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, Vol. I, Chap. 4 (S.C. Bar - CLE Division 1999 & 2004) (Co-Author with Henry S. Knight, Jr.)
  • Application of State Law to Age Discrimination in Employment, 51 A.L.R.5th 1 (1997)
  • Validity, Construction, and Application of Provision in Separation Agreement Affecting Distribution or Payment of Attorney’s Fees, 47 A.L.R.5th 207 (1997)
  • Tort Damages and the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing: Not Well Received in Employment Contracts, The Job Description, Summer 1997

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named, Best Lawyers in America® 2015-2018
  • Highly ranked in Chambers USA Guide 

Professional Activities/Associations

  • South Carolina Diversity Council, Board of Directors (2007-2009)
  • South Carolina Industry Liaison Group, Board of Directors (2003-2009), Member (2003-Present)
  • Graduate, Leadership Columbia (2002)
  • Member, SHRM, Columbia Chapter
  • Member, South Carolina Healthcare Association
  • National Industry Liaison Group, Board of Directors

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • Cara is married to an attorney, enjoys walking her dog Fannie, and her favorite hobby, reading.
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