Rene Stuhr Dukes has experienced the legal profession as both a paralegal and now as an attorney practicing 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 issues.  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 litigating contempt actions.  In her representation, Rene works with clients to navigate the legal aspects and personal challenges of family court litigation to support the family unit and bring about the best possible resolution.

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 and thereafter expanding into family law, employment discrimination matters and other general litigation.

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.

She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the American Bar Association. Rene also maintains an AV Preeminent® rating, the highest professional rating, in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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

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
  • Selected to the South Carolina Rising Stars list, 2016-2018*
  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Panelist on Temporary Hearings at the Charleston County Bar Association “What Works” CLE, February 2, 2018
  • 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)