J. Theodore (Ted) GentryOF COUNSEL

Ted Gentry focuses his practice on counseling colleges and universities and on appellate litigation. Ted’s career handling complex litigation gives him valuable insights into the ways that today’s decisions affect tomorrow’s disputes.

Ted has served education clients for over two decades, and has extensive appellate experience, including cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Internal Investigations
1987, J.D. Yale Law School, The Yale Law Journal, Managing Editor, 1986-87
1984 Fulbright Scholar, Dortmund, Germany
1983, B.S. Wake Forest University, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, A.D. Ward Medal


  • Obtained summary judgment for college in contract claim by professor alleging failure to consider tenure
  • Obtained summary judgment for college in tort claim brought by ROTC instructor against college and one of its deans
  • Obtained preliminary injunction preventing attempted removal of clients as trustees of private college
  • Advised generally on a wide range of concerns, including FERPA, student discipline, Clery Act compliance, Title IX compliance and litigation, relationships with supporting organizations and entities, and articles and bylaws revisions


  • Peacock v. Thomas. Obtained 8–1 victory in the United States Supreme Court in this appeal arising out of an ERISA claim.
  • Klein v. Video Update. Obtained seven-figure award on behalf of executive in suit over unpaid wages.
1991–Present Wyche, P.A.
1988–91 Associate, Shea & Gardner, Washington, DC
1987–88 Law Clerk, Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • South Carolina Bar, 1991
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1989
  • Past Chair, Wyche Executive Committee
  • Foothills Philharmonic, Principal Bassoonist, 2005-Present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Member, 2003-Present
  • Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Board Member and General Counsel, 2006-2012
  • Greenville Little Theatre, Board Member and President, 2000-06
2016 – Present Named One of the Top 25 Lawyers in SC by South Carolina Super Lawyers
2018 Named 2018 Appellate “Lawyer of the Year” for Greenville by Best Lawyers
2012 – 2016 Recognized as “Legal Elite” by the Greenville Business Magazine
2011 – Present Listed in Chambers USA
2008 – Present Listed in Best Lawyers In America
2007 – Present Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers