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. She is on the faculty of The Institute for Workplace Equality and serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group.

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Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1982

Admittance to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

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®

Speeches

  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "An Insider's View of OFCCP Enforcement Trends and Initiatives" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "OFCCP on a Roll: What Contractors Need to Know About the Nine New Directives" - October 2, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Fast-Paced World of Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors" - Phoenix - May 9, 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 4, 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 3, 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 4, 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - "Adverse Impact Analysis" - Washington - April 2015
  • OFCCP Institute Annual Summit - "Panel of Experts Share Strategies for Successful OFCCP Compensation Compliance" - Washington - April 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
  • 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 7, 2014
  • 2014 ILG National Conference - "Equal Pay Enforcement: Minimizing the Risks" - Washington, D.C. - August 6, 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 1, 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 - 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 5, 2013
  • 2013 SAHRMA Employment Law Conference - "Who is OFCCP and Why Should I Care?" - San Antonio - September 4, 2013
  • Midlands Technical College - "The OFCCP and Affirmative Action - What Every Federal Contractor Must Know and Do" - Columbia - August 8, 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 6, 2012
  • January 23, 2019 - Bloomberg Law - "Oracle Case Highlights Double Whammy Facing Tech Contractors"
  • September 17, 2018 - Industry Week - "Federal Contractors Face Closer Scrutiny"
  • April 13, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "Federal Contractor Auditing Office Rolling Out Changes"
  • November 6, 2017 - Daily Labor Report - "Could Oracle Pay Bias Fight Affect Labor Dept. Transparency?"
  • November 9, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "Trump Could Ease Contractor Regulatory Requirements"
  • February 2, 2016 - Westlaw - "Confidential wage information in EEOC proposal could be vulnerable - lawyers"
  • February 2, 2016 - Employment Law Daily - "FEDERAL REGULATIONS—EEO-1 data collection proposal won’t advance EEOC’s efforts to find compensation bias, attorney asserts"
  • February 1, 2016 - SHRM.org - "EEO-1 Pay Data May Be Garbage In"
  • January 29, 2016 - Law360 - "3 Reasons Employers Fear The EEOC Pay Data Rule"
  • October 3, 2014 - Law360 - "Increased Access to Pay Data Will Boost OFCCP Enforcement"
  • October 2, 2014 - Human Resource Executive - "Clearing Up Pay Transparency"
  • September 30, 2014 - Law 360 - "Burden of DOL Rules May Send Contractors Packing"
  • August 6, 2014 - Law360 - "DOL Data Collection Push Fans Flames Of Contractor Concern"
  • August 4, 2014 - BNA's Daily Labor Report - "Attorneys Offer Practice Advice, Expect Litigation Regarding New Contracting Order"
  • July 31, 2014 - Law360 - "Obama's Labor Violation Order May Drive Contractors Away"
  • July 18, 2014 - Law360 - "Employment Regs To Watch In The 2nd Half of 2014"
  • May 29, 2014 - Law360 - "DOL Shifts Strategy In Contractor Pay Disparity Crackdown"
  • April 8, 2014 - Law360 - "Devil In Details For Contractors In New Equal Pay Data Rule"
  • April 7, 2014 - Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report - "Obama to Bar Wage-Disclosure Retaliation, Direct DOL to Collect Contractor Pay Data"
  • April 7, 2014 - Law360 - "Obama Set To Use Contractors As Test Cases On Equal Pay"
  • March 21, 2014 - Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report - "Judge Nixes Construction Association's Challenge to OFCCP's Disabilities Rules"
  • March 26, 2013 - Human Resource Executive - "Casting a Wider Net"
  • March 4, 2013 - Law360 - "OFCCP Nixes Pay Standards For More Open-Ended Approach"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Lawyer of the Year Leigh Nason 2017
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Executive Editor, South Carolina Law Review
  • Order of Wig and Robe
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008 to present)
  • Chambers USA (2008 to present)
  • Best Lawyers (1995 to present; 2017 Columbia Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year)
  • The Legal 500 United States 2016 and 2018: Recommended in Labor and employment- Workplace and employment counseling category

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