Leigh M. Nason

Shareholder Columbia

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, transportation, 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 and defending allegations of back pay liability and other sanctions imposed by OFCCP.  She has also advised employers on compensation analyses and audits, diversity and inclusion metrics and strategies, and EEO-1/VETS-reporting issues. Ms. Nason has litigated numerous discrimination claims before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals.  

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 Society for Human Resources Management.

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®
  • Faculty Member - OFCCP Institute


  • 2015 AZilg - ''OFCCP's New Scheduling Letter: Are You Ready for All the New Data Requests?'' - Phoenix - January, 2015
  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) Webinar - ''OFCCP Compliance Reviews - Metrics and Analysis'' - December, 2014
  • BLR® — Business & Legal Resources Webinar - ''EEO-1 Reporting Deadline: HR's Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring Compliance'' - August, 2014
  • 2014 ILG National Conference - ''Practical ADA and FMLA Solutions & ADA Reasonable Accommodation'' - Washington, D.C. - August, 2014
  • 2014 ILG National Conference - ''Equal Pay Enforcement: Minimizing the Risks'' - Washington, D.C. - August, 2014
  • NC/SC ILG 2014 Annual Conference - Panelist - ''Leveraging OFCCP Compliance Resources and Solutions'' - Columbia - June, 2014
  • 2014 SWARM Regional ILG Conference - ''Screening Practices Under Attack'' - Denver - May, 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, 2014
  • Federal Contractors & Section 503: Are you 'READI' & 'ABLE' to include disability? - ''Measuring Up...The Numbers for 503'' - Birmingham - February, 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, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Hot Topics in OFCCP: Important Changes in the FCCM, Veterans Regulations, and Disability Regulations'' - September, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013: What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Dallas - September, 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, 2013
  • 2013 SAHRMA Employment Law Conference - ''Who is OFCCP and Why Should I Care?'' - San Antonio - September, 2013
  • Midlands Technical College - ''The OFCCP and Affirmative Action - What Every Federal Contractor Must Know and Do'' - Columbia - August, 2013
  • ILG National Conference - ''Screening Practices: Are You at Risk'' - Indianapolis - July, 2013 - August, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013: What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Boston - June, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''OFCCP's New Directives: Increased Contractor Scrutiny on the Horizon'' - March, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Lunch and Learn - ''Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance Trends in 2013 – What Every Federal Contractor or Subcontractor Should Know'' - Detroit - February, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar (moderator) - ''Defense of Employment Testing Claims'' - January, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Best Practices For Preparing EEO-1 Reports And Vets-100A Forms'' - August, 2012
  • 2012 Southeastern Industry Liaison Conference - ''Applicant Tracking Systems - The Highs and the Lows'' - Charlotte - June, 2012

Our Insights

OFCCP Drops the Annual Veterans Hiring Benchmark to 7 Percent


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


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


OFCCP Self-ID and Equal Pay Tool Updates


OFCCP’s New Scheduling Letter and Expanded Itemized Listing


New VETS Report on the Horizon


OFCCP’s Newest Directive: Gender Identity and Sex Discrimination


OFCCP Proposes Rule to Collect Summary Compensation Data From Federal Contractors


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


President Obama Issues Two Executive Orders in 10-Day Period


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


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


DC Court Gives Go Ahead for New OFCCP Disability Regulations


OFCCP Flexes its Muscle with Threats of Term Debarment


OFCCP Disability Self-ID Form Approved


OFCCP Posts Referral Sources For Disabled Individuals And Protected Veterans


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


OFCCP Clarifies Damages Available to Victims of Discrimination


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


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


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


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



Media Quotes

January, 2015 - SHRM.org - "OFCCP Posts Two New FAQs On Veteran Self-Identification"
October, 2014 - Law360 - "Increased Access to Pay Data Will Boost OFCCP Enforcement"

Published Works


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