Christopher J. Near

Of Counsel || Columbia

Christopher (“Chris”) Near works closely with employers to provide advice and representation on employment-related issues that may arise under state or federal statute, regulation, or common law, with a focus on federal and South Carolina law. Chris also provides companies with guidance on handling day-to-day personnel matters and offers advice generally with implementing best practices for employment matters that arise in the normal course of business.

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Chris focuses his practice on assisting federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with legally-mandated employment and reporting obligations, as well as defending compliance reviews and enforcement proceedings brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). Some of the issues that Chris provides assistance and advice on include:

In addition to focusing on affirmative action compliance, Chris has spent more than ten years defending lawsuits and administrative complaints of all sizes in state court, federal court, and various state and federal administrative agencies (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, and South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation).


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Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Industry Liaison Group
  • Columbia Opportunity Resource – Member (2012-present), Wisdom Council (2018-present), Board of Directors (2013-2015); Programs Action Team, Lead (2014-2015)


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