Christopher J. Near

Professional Biography

Christopher (“Chris”) Near works closely with employers to provide advice and representation on employment-related issues that may arise under state or federal statute, regulation, or common law, with a focus on federal and South Carolina law. Chris also provides companies with guidance on handling day-to-day personnel matters and offers advice generally with implementing best practices for employment matters that arise in the normal course of business.

Christopher focuses in: 

  • Litigation
  • Employment Law. 
  • Affirmative Action Claims. 

Chris focuses his practice on assisting federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with legally-mandated employment and reporting obligations, as well as defending compliance reviews and enforcement proceedings brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). Some of the issues that Chris provides assistance and advice on include:

  • Jurisdictional analyses;
  • Evaluations of adverse impact and statistical disparity issues;
  • Responses to audit requests and findings; and
  • Preventative measures for continued compliance.

Admitted to Practice

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


  • J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, 2003
  • B.S., University of South Carolina, 2000
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