J. Hagood Tighe: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

J. Hagood Tighe

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.
Phone(803) 255-0000

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Union Campaigns and Elections
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA
  • Class and Collective Action Defense
  • Discrimination
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act - WARN
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Release Agreements
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - FLSA
  • Personnel and Supervisor Training
  • Reductions in Force - RIF
University University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Admitted1995, North Carolina and South Carolina

Professional Activities

Hagood was elected to serve on the South Carolina Bar's House of Delegates and as Chair of the South Carolina Bar Conventions Committee, 2010 - 2011.

He also served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar's Employment and Labor Law Section.


Hagood Tighe is a partner in the Columbia office. He practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing management in traditional labor matters and employment litigation.

Hagood has extensive experience in the area of traditional labor working with employers throughout the United States. Hagood has successfully run many union avoidance campaigns, tried labor arbitrations, and litigated unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board. He has also worked with several large national employers to develop strategic plans to maintain positive employee relations - thus reducing the likelihood of successful union organizing.

While he maintains an active litigation practice, he also focuses on providing practical and proactive advice designed to minimize the risk of litigation.

He also provides training for supervisors and managers on harassment, EEO compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and many other areas. Additionally, Hagood has authored numerous articles in the area of employment law and regularly lectures at seminars regarding employment law.

In 2013, Hagood received the Carolyn Holderman Vision Award by the Central Carolina Community Foundation for his leadership as Chairman.

Hagood was a 2004 recipient of the Silver Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association.This award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and who exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics, and integrity.

Hagood is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in South Carolina Super Lawyers. He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since2007 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008.

Hagood has been selected by his peers to be one of Greater Columbia Business Monthly's Legal Elite every year since 2010. The same publication named him one of the 50 Most Influential People for 2011.

He is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.

In 2013 The Richland County Bar Association recognized Hagood with its Civic Star Award.


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December 13, 2010

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November 1, 2010

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June 1, 2007


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April 17, 2014

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January 24, 2014

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July 12, 2012

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Employment Law Workshop - Columbia, SC
October 6, 2011

South Carolina SHRM Conference - Myrtle Beach, SC
September 29, 2011

Employment Law Red Flags for In-House Counsel - Chicago, IL
September 26, 2011

My Medical Condition Made Me Do It - Columbia, SC
April 21, 2011


Hagood is a Deacon at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and a board member for Jubilee Academy. Hagood is Chairman Emeritus of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, and he is immediate past Chair of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, and a former board member for the Advocates for the Historic Columbia Foundation and the University of South Carolina Partnership Board of the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. He has been involved in numerous other charitable organizations. Hagood received a Carolyn Holderman Vision Award for his work as a visionary leader during his tenure as the Foundation's Board Chairman in 2012-2013.


Five Attorneys Named to 2015 Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 27, 2015

Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Eight Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists
April 24, 2015

Hagood Tighe of Fisher & Phillips Named to Local Legal Elite List
October 4, 2012

Fisher & Phillips Partner Named One of the 50 Most Influential People for 2011
January 6, 2012

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named 2012 Lawyers of the Year
October 11, 2011

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named to Local Legal Elite 2010 Top Ten List
October 1, 2010

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February 2, 2015

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J. Hagood Tighe

1320 Main Street
ColumbiaSC 29201


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