Overview

A trusted advisor in the labor and employment sector, Steven A. Nigh helps clients with their people problems.

He counsels and represents employers on a wide range of workplace matters, including traditional labor, wage and hour and equal employment opportunity issues. Steve also litigates in state and federal courts and represents clients before administrative agencies.

The following are among his notable professional accomplishments:

  • Protected the staffing model of a Wisconsin diner chain by resolving a Department of Labor job classification investigation for a minimal amount and with no change to the staffing model
  • Won a quick jury decision in favor of small university in Milwaukee in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a dismissed professor. Also secured favorable rulings from Wisconsin fair employment agencies in a companion case involving the same professor
  • Led investigation of a disparate treatment and retaliation complaint filed by a female employee against a male vice president for a national manufacturing client
  • Represented a credit union in collective bargaining negotiations with approximately 30 nonexempt employees with the Office and Professional Employees International Union, and reached an agreement on a one-year contract beneficial to the client
  • Contributed to Littler’s advice and compliance team in a high-stakes, union-organizing effort at a major vehicle-manufacturing plant
  • Counseled a lawn-care contractor in a union representation case and related unfair labor practice proceedings, which resulted in the union withdrawing the unfair labor practice charge and walking away from its organizing efforts
  • Completed a comprehensive review and revision of employee handbook and job descriptions for suburban Milwaukee church

Before joining Littler, Steve was an associate in the employment relations group of a Wisconsin-based firm, where he also helped clients with their wage and hour, equal employment opportunity and traditional labor concerns. His legal career started in high school, when he secured a copy/mailroom clerk position at a small firm in Indianapolis. His time there and in the positions he has held since have taught him that successful employee relations include setting clear and fair expectations for employees, deep knowledge and respect for all of a business’s people and processes and an understanding of how each employee contributes to a company’s goals.

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers, Wisconsin

2013-2015

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Handbook for Wisconsin Municipal Officials, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, 2012
  • Littler on Bankruptcy & Employment Law Issues, Littler National Employer Library

Speaking Engagements

Update Your Status: Practical Solutions for Social Media Challenges in Today's Technology-Driven Workplace

Association of Corporate Counsel – Charlotte Chapter, Charlotte, NC

April 3, 2019

Top 10 Employment Law Tips for a Successful 2019

Charlotte, NC

February 7, 2019

Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel: "What Do You Mean It's Not Privileged?"

Association of Corporate Counsel – Charlotte Chapter, Charlotte, NC

October 4, 2017

Creating a Gender-Neutral Workplace: Tips for Achieving Pay Equality

Charlotte, NC

February 7, 2017

The Election Is Over: What's Next

Charlotte, NC

November 10, 2016

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2010
  • B.A., Duke University, 2007summa cum laude, With Distinction

Bar Admission

North Carolina
Texas
Wisconsin

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina