Lucas J. Asper

Shareholder Greenville

Lucas Asper is an attorney in the Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville, South Carolina office.  Mr. Asper represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including:

  • federal and state litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, protective covenants, and breach of employment agreements
  • preventive employment and labor law advice, including addressing matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • employee relations
  • drafting, reviewing, and advising on employment-related policies, procedures, agreements, handbooks, and manuals
  • training on positive employee relations, union avoidance, and other aspects of labor and employment law

Lucas is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in South Carolina since 1990.  He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2004, where he majored in Sociology.  In 2008, he graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe.  Upon graduating from law school, Lucas was one of three students awarded the Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. Prior to law school, Lucas served as a project manager for a lumber supply company/building components manufacturer in Columbia, South Carolina, where Lucas managed numerous multi-family and single family construction projects.


Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, on behalf of a textile company with respect to a former employee's defamation claims
  • Represented a financial institution in an arbitration involving a former employee's claims of age discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation, securing complete judgment for the employer
  • Obtained a favorable pre-certification resolution of a collective action against a hospitality company
  • Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of multiple clients against former employees in violation of protective covenants and similar legal obligations
  • Assisted a private college in obtaining summary judgment and a successful appellate result with respect to numerous claims filed by a former professor
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a public employer with respect to Title VII and § 1981 retaliation claims
  • Served as sole trial counsel and obtained a defense jury verdict for a publicly-traded healthcare company with respect to a former employee’s claims of breach of contract and wage-related violations
  • Assisted a national tool manufacturer in obtaining a positive result with respect to trade secrets, unfair competition, and related claims against a former employee and his new employer
  • Represented numerous employers across various industries in responding to and defending administrative charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and other agencies

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Greenville Society for Human Resource Management (Board of Directors; Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section, Corporate Counsel Committee – Past Publications & Communications Editor)
  • United Way of the Piedmont – Young Leaders Society (Past Chair of Advisory Board)
  • Piedmont Care, Inc. (Past President of Board of Directors)

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Pardon the Interruption! Workplace Strategies Style'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''To Reassign, or not to Reassign, That is the Question: Vacant Positions and the Accommodation Requirement'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Elliott Davis Decosimo Construction Group - ''Impact of Revised FLSA Part 541 Regulations on Employers'' - Greenville - November 2016
  • ACC SC Tri-City Briefing - ''Spoiliation and E-Discovery'' - Greenville - October 2016
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities HR Law Update - ''Supreme Court Update: Employer-Friendly Title VII Decisions'' - Greenville - September 2016
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities - ''Applying the New FLSA Regulations to Higher Education'' - Greenville - July 2016
  • Greenville HR Roundtable - ''Impact of New FLSA Regulations'' - Greenville - June 2016
  • Upstate Employers Network - ''2016 Employee Handbook Workshop'' - Greer - June 2016
  • Certificate in Employment Law Series - ''Employers' Responsibilities Under the ADA and FMLA'' - Charlotte - May 2016
  • Certificate in Employment Law Series - ''EEO Compliance'' - Greenville - March 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Transgender and Gender Identity Issues'' - Spartanburg - January 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Ambush Election Statistics'' - Spartanburg - January 2016
  • Greenville SHRM - ''Arbitration in Employment'' - Greer - October 2015
  • ACC SC Tri-City Briefing - ''Confidentiality and Nondisparagement Clauses Under Attack'' - Greenville - October 2015
  • Human Resources Law Update 2015 - ''Leave as Reasonable Accommodations: How Much is Enough, and is Anything Unreasonable?'' - Greenville - March 2015
  • Emerging Employment and Labor Issues for 2015 - ''NLRB Issues'' - Spartanburg - January 2015
  • Emerging Employment and Labor Issues for 2015 - ''FLSA Overtime Regulations'' - Spartanburg - January 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Federal Agency Update'' - Spartanburg - March 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update 2014 - ''Understanding the Fine Line: Individual Rights Versus Responsible and Respectful Workplace Conduct'' - Greenville - March 2014
  • Banyan Consulting Grou and the HR Group - ''Handbook Policies: Those that Help Employers and Those that are Best Left Out'' - Greenville - October 2013
  • National Business Institute: HR Law - What You Need to Know - ''Handbooks, Policies, and the NLRB'' - Greenville - September 2013
  • National Business Institute: HR Law - What You Need to Know - ''Updates in Employment Law'' - Greenville - September 2013
  • National Business Institute: HR Law - What You Need to Know - ''Hiring/Recruiting'' - Greenville - September 2013
  • Certificate in Employment Law Series - ''EEO Compliance'' - Columbia - May 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Handbooks, Policies, and the NLRB'' - Spartanburg - March 2013
  • Certificate in Employment Law Series - ''EEO Compliance'' - Greenville - March 2013
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Fall Retreat - ''Labor Law Update'' - Myrtle Beach - 2010

Published Works

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Media

Media Quotes

May 09, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Letter Can Set Limits on ADA Reassignment Obligation"
May 08, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Does Your Employee Handbook Need a Midyear Checkup?"
July 2009 - South Carolina Lawyer - "The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and the Resulting Effects on the Law of the Workplace"

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