Leigh M. Nason

Profile

Leigh Nason is a shareholder in the Columbia, South Carolina office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C., and chairs the firm’s Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance Practice Group.  She currently devotes the majority of her practice to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions triggered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). 

Ms. Nason has counseled educational, construction, financial, food processing, healthcare and pharmaceutical, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology employers around the country on the preparation, management, and defense of their affirmative action programs and related matters, including jurisdictional analyses and preventative strategies. Ms. Nason is routinely involved with investigating and resolving systemic discrimination issues stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, compensation, and testing; and has extensive experience negotiating allegations of back pay liability and other sanctions imposed by OFCCP.  She has advised employers on applicant tracking, testing, compensation and hiring issues, including compliance with the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, EEO-1 reporting issues and VETS Reports filing, and conducting compensation audits. Ms. Nason has litigated numerous discrimination claims before courts and administrative agencies.  

Ms. Nason has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for many years, 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” and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  She has authored and edited numerous publications in the affirmative action compliance area and others, including "Affirmative Action: Overview," Practical Law Company (2011), “Obligations of Government Contractors,” Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers 401 (S.C. Bar 4th ed. 2011); and “Executive Order 11,246,” Understanding Employment Discrimination (LEXIS/NEXIS 2008).  She is a frequent lecturer in the areas of affirmative action and employment discrimination and has presented nationally on diversity and compliance issues, including OFCCP’s internet applicant regulations and EEO-1 reporting requirements.  

Ms. Nason 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 is a member of the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group and the national and Columbia, SC chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management.

AV Rated Martindale HubbleRanked in Chambers USA 2014Best Lawyers

Education and Honors

Education: 

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

Honors and Awards: 
  • 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)

Professional Activities

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:
  • 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, 2014 - 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 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, 2013 - 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

In The News

Media Quotes:
  • 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"
  • April 8, 2011 - SHRM.org - "Avoid Common Errors in Affirmative Action Plans"
  • January 1, 2011 - Law360 - "Government Contracting Policy to Watch in 2011"
  • November 15, 2010 - BNA's Daily Labor Report - "Lawyers Discuss GAO Report's Implications on Federal Contracting, OFCCP Enforcement"
  • May 9, 2008 - SHRM.org - "Customize Diversity Training To Meet Specific Goals"
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