[COLUMBIA, S.C. January 15, 2013] – Collins & Lacy, P.C. is pleased to announce three attorneys have been elected to new positions within the statewide business defense firm. Jon Ozmint of the Columbia office and Mike Pitts of the Greenville office have been appointed voting shareholders. Additionally, Aisha Taylor of the Columbia office has been elected to shareholder.
“As we continue to meet the needs of our clients, Jon, Mike and Aisha complement our growth strategy to successfully serve the thriving businesses of South Carolina. We are excited to welcome these excellent attorneys into a leadership role within our firm,” said managing partner Ellen Adams.
Jon Ozmint is chair of the Collins & Lacy Public Policy practice. He focuses on governmental and regulatory affairs, consulting and crisis management at the federal, state and local levels. Ozmint’s practice also includes employment-related issues, professional liability, professional / occupational licensing representation, white collar criminal defense, and complex litigation. Ozmint is the former director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), former Deputy Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor of the State Grand Jury and former General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Mike Pitts’ practice focuses on employment law, an area in which he has spent most of his 15-year career helping businesses with labor and employment matters and complex commercial cases. Pitts is experienced in litigation and arbitration, as well as counseling management on ways to avoid disputes. Pitts also practices in commercial litigation, professional liability and municipal law. He currently serves as the Anderson County Attorney. Pitts has consecutively been honored as a South Carolina Super Lawyer and as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in labor & employment litigation and employment law management.
Aisha Taylor joined Collins & Lacy in 2007 practicing in workers’ compensation defense and employment law. Taylor regularly appears before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce on both hearing and appellate matters. Last month, Governor Nikki Haley appointed Taylor to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Her appointment is subject to the approval of the South Carolina Senate.