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E nhaigler@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7847
F (803) 231-7853
Nick is a litigator focusing his practice in workers’ compensation defense. He has experience representing businesses, insurance companies and self-insured employers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Nick serves on the planning committee for the Annual Medical Conference of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, and places an emphasis on community service, currently serving on the Board for Kids’ Chance of South Carolina and Friends of Epworth Children’s Home.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • 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)
  • American Bar Association
  • 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 (2013-2016)
  • National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Carter v. Verizon Wireless, 757 S.E.2d 528 (S.C. Ct. App. 2014).  The South Carolina Court of Appeals agreed with the appellate panel that the claimant did not suffer a change of condition related to her knee injury.
  • Bone v. U.S. Food Serv., 744 S.E.2d 552 (S.C. 2013).  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that an order remanding the case to the commission for further proceedings does not constitute a final judgment and therefore is not immediately appealable.  The firm represented amicus curiae in this case.
  • Bentley v. Spartanburg Cty., 730 S.E.2d 2d 296 (S.C. 2012).  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that a deputy sheriff’s post-traumatic stress disorder following a job-related fatal shooting of a suspect did not arise from an extraordinary and unusual condition of employment as required to be compensable mental injury.  The firm represented amicus curiae in this case.
  • Thigpen v. Lexington Med. Ctr., 2012 WL 10841349 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).  The South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the commission’s determination that the claimant failed to demonstrate by medical evidence the existence of a direct causal connection between the repetitive activities of her work and her carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Leadership Columbia Glenn Jacobus Award (2010)
  • South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program Honor Roll (2010)
  • 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
  • 20 Years Service Project:  Supporting Families Helping Families 
  • Friends of Epworth Children’s Home
    • Board of Directors (2016-2017)
  • Leadership Columbia
    • Former Chair, Board of Directors (2014-2015)
    • Class of 2010
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Member, Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • Kids’ Chance of South Carolina
    • Board of Directors (2012-present)
  • Union United Methodist Church
    • Former Chairperson, Staff-Parish Relations Committee (2011-2014)
  • Carolina Carillon Christmas Parade
    • Former Member, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith)
  • Columbia area men’s soccer leagues