Leigh Mullikin Nason - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Leigh Mullikin Nason

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

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

Wake Forest UniversityBA 1982University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1988
Order of Wig and RobeSouth Carolina Law ReviewSouth Carolina Supreme Court, Employment and Labor Law Specialization Board South Carolina Industry Liaison Group

Case History

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

Office Location

First Base Building, Suite 401
2142 Boyce Street
Columbia, SC 29201
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Columbia-SC Metro Area
Leigh Mullikin Nason has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Female