Former S.C. Department of Corrections Director, Jon Ozmint, Joins Collins & Lacy, P.C.

February 17, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC –  February 17, 2011 – Collins & Lacy, P.C. is pleased to announce Jon Ozmint has joined the firm. As the former director 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, Ozmint brings a new dimension to the Collins & Lacy team. 

As head of the SCDC, Ozmint spent the past eight years managing nearly 6,000 employees in one of the toughest budget cycles in state history.  He concluded his service as fifth longest serving prison director in the country. As a current member of the Sentencing Reform Oversight Commission, Ozmint is regularly called upon for his knowledge of the criminal justice system in South Carolina and nationally.  He now plans to use his hands-on leadership experience and knowledge of state government to advocate for the clients of Collins & Lacy.

Why Collins & Lacy? Ozmint says he was looking for a firm that is committed to helping South Carolina’s businesses stay in business.  Collins & Lacy is big enough to make a difference, but nimble enough to make decisions quickly in order to offer the businesses and clients we serve the best representation in the courtroom and elsewhere.  In addition, Ozmint says, Integrity, loyalty and fidelity to principle are important at Collins & Lacy. That is a reflection of Joel (Collins), Stan (Lacy), Gray (Culbreath) and the entire team here, and those intangibles are important to me as well.

Anyone who has followed Ozmint’s career knows he is willing to make a stand. Most successful leaders, in business or elsewhere, did not become successful by riding the proverbial fence or trying to play both sides of an issue. At Collins & Lacy, we will not do so in representing our clients, regardless of the forum, says Ozmint.

Managing Shareholder Gray Culbreath says, Jon Ozmint’s arrival at Collins & Lacy represents the continued evolution of the firm to meet the 21st century needs of our business clients. Respected and skilled, Jon’s presence will only make Collins & Lacy a better firm.

Before serving as director of South Carolina prisons, Ozmint prosecuted cases for the State Grand Jury.  In 2011, Ozmint received the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, which recognized his achievements and contributions to the state of South Carolina.


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