Leigh M. Nason

Shareholder Columbia

Leigh Nason is a shareholder in the Columbia, South Carolina office of Ogletree Deakins and co-chairs the firm’s Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Practice Group, whose experienced attorneys counsel and defend federal contractors and subcontractors throughout the United States on jurisdictional, compliance, and enforcement issues involving the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Leigh provides advice to in-house counsel and human resources professionals in all industries on the preparation, management, and defense of their affirmative action programs and related matters, including jurisdictional analyses, preventative strategies, complaint investigations, and compliance evaluations. She is often retained to assist with OFCCP systemic discrimination cases stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, pay, and testing and has successfully defended allegations of significant monetary liability and other sanctions in every OFCCP region. She advises small and large employers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands on proactive pay equity analyses, defensible diversity and inclusion strategies and data analytics, and strategic EEO-1/VETS reporting. An experienced litigator, Leigh has defended discrimination claims before federal and state courts as well as administrative tribunals.

Leigh has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for many years. She received the 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Award from the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section and was selected as the 2017 Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year for Columbia, SC. She is listed in Chambers USA as one of the country's leading attorneys in the affirmative action compliance arena, has been designated as a South Carolina "Super Lawyer," is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recommended in the United States edition of The Legal 500 in the category of Workplace and Employment Counseling. Leigh has authored and edited numerous publications on affirmative action compliance issues and is an editor of and contributing author to all five editions of Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, published by the South Carolina Bar. Leigh is often asked by national media for her insights on new developments affecting federal contractors and is a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local conferences on affirmative action compliance and employment discrimination.

Leigh is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in the area of employment and labor law. She served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar's Labor and Employment Law Committee and its Employment and Labor Law Specialization Advisory Board, and she is a member of the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • South Carolina Supreme Court, Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law
  • South Carolina Supreme Court, Employment and Labor Law Specialization Board (Chairperson, 2005-2007)
  • South Carolina Industry Liaison Group
  • Certified Green Belt in Legal Lean Sigma®


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''An Insider's View of OFCCP Enforcement Trends and Initiatives'' - La Quinta - November 08, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''OFCCP on a Roll: What Contractors Need to Know About the Nine New Directives'' - October 02, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Fast-Paced World of Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''AAPs? OFCCP? Disparity Analyses? What In-House Counsel Need to Know to Navigate the Minefield of Federal Contract Compliance'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • 33rd Annual NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Conference - ''Fundamentals of Pay Equity Analyses'' - Isle of Palms - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance in a New Administration'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • SC Industry Liaison Group Quarterly Meeting - ''OFCCP Update: The GAO Report, Pay Equity, EEO-1s, and More'' - Charleston - March 29, 2017
  • Triangle Industry Liaison Group Quarterly Meeting - ''OFCCP Update: The GAO Report, Pay Transparency, Executive Order Requirements, and More'' - Raleigh - March 03, 2017
  • 40th Annual AZilg Conference - ''Executive Orders Everywhere: What’s Up with These'' - Phoenix - November 12, 2015
  • 2015 National Conference - American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity - ''Executive Orders Everywhere – All the New Rules in One Place'' - New Orleans - June 04, 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - ''Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Part I: Successful Audit Strategies for 2015'' - Washington - April 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - ''Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing Part II: Successful Audit Strategies for 2015'' - Washington - April 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - ''Panel of Experts Share Strategies for Successful OFCCP Compensation Compliance'' - Washington - April 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - ''Adverse Impact Analysis'' - Washington - April 2015
  • 2015 AZilg - ''OFCCP's New Scheduling Letter: Are You Ready for All the New Data Requests?'' - Phoenix - January 13, 2015
  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) Webinar - ''OFCCP Compliance Reviews - Metrics and Analysis'' - December 10, 2014
  • BLR® — Business & Legal Resources Webinar - ''EEO-1 Reporting Deadline: HR's Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring Compliance'' - August 11, 2014
  • 2014 ILG National Conference - ''Practical ADA and FMLA Solutions & ADA Reasonable Accommodation'' - Washington, D.C. - August 07, 2014
  • 2014 ILG National Conference - ''Equal Pay Enforcement: Minimizing the Risks'' - Washington, D.C. - August 06, 2014
  • NC/SC ILG 2014 Annual Conference - Panelist - ''Leveraging OFCCP Compliance Resources and Solutions'' - Columbia - June 10, 2014
  • 2014 SWARM Regional ILG Conference - ''Screening Practices Under Attack'' - Denver - May 01, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Update: A Survey of the New Veterans and Disability Regulations for Federal Contractors'' - Birmingham - February 27, 2014
  • Federal Contractors & Section 503: Are you 'READI' & 'ABLE' to include disability? - ''Measuring Up...The Numbers for 503'' - Birmingham - February 26 - February 27, 2014
  • University System of Georgia Human Resource Association and AA/EEO/Title IX Joint Fall Conference - ''Adverse Impact - What Is It and Why Do I Care?'' - Savannah - September 26, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Hot Topics in OFCCP: Important Changes in the FCCM, Veterans Regulations, and Disability Regulations'' - September 25, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013: What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Dallas - September 12, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013: What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - San Antonio - September 05, 2013
  • 2013 SAHRMA Employment Law Conference - ''Who is OFCCP and Why Should I Care?'' - San Antonio - September 04, 2013
  • Midlands Technical College - ''The OFCCP and Affirmative Action - What Every Federal Contractor Must Know and Do'' - Columbia - August 08, 2013
  • ILG National Conference - ''Screening Practices: Are You at Risk'' - Indianapolis - July 30 - August 2, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013: What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Boston - June 13, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''OFCCP's New Directives: Increased Contractor Scrutiny on the Horizon'' - March 28, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013 – What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Detroit - February 13, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar (moderator) - ''Defense of Employment Testing Claims'' - January 23, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Best Practices For Preparing EEO-1 Reports And Vets-100A Forms'' - August 28, 2012
  • 2012 Southeastern Industry Liaison Conference - ''Applicant Tracking Systems - The Highs and the Lows'' - Charlotte - June 06, 2012

Published Works


Our Insights

PODCAST: What’s the Deal with Federal Contractors and the OFCCP? The Basics

September 11, 2018

What Do Contractors Do Now? Interpreting OFCCP Directive 2018-05

August 30, 2018

OFCCP on a Roll: Issues 3 More Directives Aimed at Compensation Practices, AAPs, and Contractor Recognition

August 24, 2018

OFCCP Issues Two New Directives; Focuses on Compliance Evaluations and Faith-Based Organizations

August 14, 2018

Breaking OFCCP Update: There’s a New Director in Town?

July 26, 2018

OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium to 2021

May 18, 2018

OFCCP Makes FY 2018 Scheduling List Methodology Available

April 18, 2018

Be on the Lookout for OFCCP Survey!

March 28, 2018

Heads Up! Advance Notice Letters and Audits on the Way From OFCCP

February 06, 2018

OFCCP Updates Its Key Personnel; Quietly Announces New Director

December 12, 2017

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

September 13, 2017

Revised Pay Transparency Provisions Now Available

March 06, 2017

Incoming! Incoming! OFCCP Issues Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters

February 21, 2017

5 FAQs on the New Federal Contractor Privacy Training Requirement

February 09, 2017

President Trump Appoints Lipnic to Serve as Acting Chair of the EEOC

January 25, 2017

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

September 23, 2016

What is The Status of OFCCP Jurisdiction Over Healthcare Providers?

March 04, 2016

President to Announce Plan to Improve Gender Pay Gap: EEOC to Increase Employers’ Reporting Requirements

January 29, 2016

Pay Transparency Rule to Go Into Effect on Same Day as OFCCP’s Webinar

January 07, 2016

“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance Explains Broad Labor Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors

May 28, 2015

OFCCP Drops the Annual Veterans Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent

April 27, 2015

OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs on Veteran Self-Identification and the VETS-4212 Form

January 24, 2015

OFCCP Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors

December 08, 2014

OFCCP Self-ID and Equal Pay Tool Updates

November 03, 2014

OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter and Expanded Itemized Listing

October 07, 2014

New VETS Report on the Horizon

September 25, 2014

OFCCP’s Newest Directive: Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination

August 25, 2014

OFCCP Proposes Rule to Collect Summary Compensation Data From Federal Contractors

August 06, 2014

The Arbitration Obligations Imposed by the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

August 01, 2014

President Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period

July 31, 2014

Your Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

June 18, 2014

Sex, Pay, and Retaliation: The White House Weighs In Again

April 08, 2014

DC Court Gives Go Ahead for New OFCCP Disability Regulations

March 24, 2014

OFCCP Flexes its Muscle with Threats of Term Debarment

January 30, 2014

OFCCP Disability Self-ID Form Approved

January 24, 2014

OFCCP Posts Referral Sources For Disabled Individuals And Protected Veterans

December 04, 2013

The Details on OFCCP’s Final Rules on Disability and Veterans Obligations

October 02, 2013

OFCCP Clarifies Damages Available to Victims of Discrimination

August 06, 2013

Federal Contractors Beware! OFCCP Will Be Searching for Any Discrimination in Compensation

April 15, 2013

OFCCP’s New Compensation Directive: The Agency’s Continued Search for Systemic—or Any—Discrimination in Compensation

April 15, 2013

Health Care Case Makes Clear That Specific Contractual Language Is Not Necessary for OFCCP Jurisdiction

April 03, 2013

OFCCP Sends “Heads-Up” Letters for Audits to Contractors

November 21, 2012

EEO-1 Filing Deadline Looms but VETS-100 Reports Are Delayed

September 27, 2012


Media Quotes

September 17, 2018 - Industry Week - "Federal Contractors Face Closer Scrutiny"
April 13, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "Federal Contractor Auditing Office Rolling Out Changes"
November 06, 2017 - Daily Labor Report - "Could Oracle Pay Bias Fight Affect Labor Dept. Transparency?"