Rene Stuhr Dukes has over 30 years of experience in the legal profession. She has been a practicing attorney for nearly a decade and prior to that, was a paralegal. Her practice focuses on advising clients in the areas of family law, employment law, education law, and civil litigation.

In her family law practice, Rene represents both men and women in all aspects of family law matters.  She has experience handling a variety of issues, including unique and complex custody issues, child support, alimony, property division, parental alienation, termination of parental rights and litigation of contempt actions.  In her representation, she works with clients to help them navigate both the legal aspects and personal challenges of family court litigation to support the family unit and bring about the best possible resolution.

Rene also regularly represents clients in general civil litigation. She has handled a variety of cases in Federal court and the Court of Common Pleas, and has a published opinion in the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Rene also helps employers and employees resolve disputes related to employment contracts, discrimination, wrongful termination, and noncompete agreements, among other issues.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in psychology, Rene returned to Charleston and began a master’s program in Clinical Counseling at The Citadel. She became a paralegal at Rosen Hagood while attending graduate school, initially working full-time on the Charleston County school desegregation case. She later expanded into family law, employment discrimination matters and other forms of general litigation.

Rene is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the American Bar Association. She is Co-Chair of the Membership Committee of the Women’s Caucus of the South Carolina Association for Justice, and participates in mentorship programs with the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston School of Law. Rene is also active in leadership roles at St. Thomas’s Church and continues to take cases from Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.

She maintains an AV Preeminent® rating, the highest professional rating, in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been named to the South Carolina Rising Stars list.

Rene attended the Charleston School of Law, where she served as Research Editor for the Federal Courts Law Review. She was also an active member of the Moot Court Board and participated in organizations such as Women in Law and the Christian Legal Society.

Areas of Practice

Rene’s employment law practice includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving age, race and gender discrimination, workplace retaliation, filing of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges, non-compete agreements, as well as Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage issues.

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
    • Pro Bono Committee
  • S.C. Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)
    • Women’s Caucus Membership Committee, Co-Chair
  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the South Carolina Rising Stars list, 2016-2019
  • Legal Elite of the Low Country (Charleston Business Magazine) – Family Law, Labor and Employment, and Education 2019
  • Panelist on Temporary Hearings at the Charleston County Bar Association “What Works” CLE, February 2, 2018
  • Presentation to Charleston County School District Principals on employee matters, 2014
  • Employment Law: Avoiding Procedural and Jurisdictional Landmines (South Carolina Association for Justice Conference, 2014)
  • Panelist on Presentation to Charleston School of Law on staffing needs for solo practitioners, 2010
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Board Member, Rev. DePayne V. Middleton Foundation
  • Volunteer Lawyer, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Charleston County Bar Committee for Victims of Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy
  • Alpha Leader, St. Andrews Church, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Mentor Program
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Charleston County Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Legal Assistance for Survivors of Trafficking (LAST) SC
  • University of Virginia (B.A. Psychology, 1984)
  • The Citadel (M.Ed., 1988)
  • Charleston School of Law (J.D., 2009)