Nicolas L. Haigler

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Phone

(803) 231-7847

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Areas of Focus

Nick is a litigator focusing his practice in workers’ compensation defense.

He has experience representing businesses, insurance companies, captives, third-party administrators and self-insured employers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina. US News' Best Lawyers in America© and South Carolina Super Lawyers© have recognized Nick for his work in workers' compensation law. Nick is an active member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). He serves on the planning committee for the Annual Medical Conference of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) and enjoys being involved in the community and at his church. Nick is a dedicated member of F3 Lake Murray (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith) and recently served as the group leader from 2019-2021.

  • Represented numerous employers and carriers in catastrophic injuries and deaths.
  • Successfully litigated occupational disease claims involving asbestos, dust and fume exposures.
  • Represented numerous large businesses before the South Carolina Senate defending bills prejudicial to employers.
  • Successfully defended numerous high exposure claims before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and Appellate Courts.

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2019-2023)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star
    • Workers’ Compensation (2018-2020)
  • The State Newspaper‘s 20 under 40 (2018)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Honoree (2018)
  • Leadership Columbia Glenn Jacobus Award (2010)
  • South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program Honor Roll (2010)

  • Moderator, Commissioner Roundtable: South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association Medical Conference (February 2022)
  • Presenter, “50 States in 50 Minutes, A Survey of Hot Issues in the U.S.,” National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Conference (October 2017)
  • Presenter, “Benefits Provided by the Workers’ Compensation System,” Workers’ Compensation Academy, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association Conference (October 2017)
  • Presenter, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association One-Day Seminar (December 2016)
  • Presenter, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association One-Day Seminar (May 2015)
  • Moderator/Presenter, South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association Medical Conference (February 2013)
  • Presenter, Complex Workers’ Compensation Seminar (December 2012)
  • Presenter, Archway Risk Control Workshop, Charleston (May 2011 and May 2012)
  • National Business Institute

Professional
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • South Carolina Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
    • Medical Conference Planning Committee (2013-present)
Community
  • Carolina Carillon Christmas Parade
    • Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • Dutch Fork High School Hall of Fame
    • Board of Directors (2021-present)
  • Friends of Epworth Children’s Home
    • Board of Directors (2016-2019)
  • Kids’ Chance of South Carolina
    • Board of Directors (2012-2019)
  • Leadership Columbia
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2014-2015)
    • Class of 2010
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Union United Methodist Church
    • Chairperson – Staff-Parish Relations Committee (2011-2014)
    • Chairperson – Building Fund Campaign (2015 and 2022)
    • Chairperson – Stewardship Committee (2021-2023)

Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina Bar
Education
  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 2007
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Practice, Sports Law Seminar
    • Herman and Martha Scholarship in Civic Leadership
    • Moot Court Board, Competition Chairman
  • Presbyterian College, B.S., 2002
    • Men’s Soccer Letterman (1998-2002)
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