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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP - Columbia
  • Meridian, 17th Floor
  • 1320 Main Street
  • Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29201
  • Tel:+1 803 799 2000
  • Fax:+1 803 256 7500
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: James K Lehman
  • Marketing Partner: Gus Dixon
  • Number of partners: 289
  • Number of other lawyers: 190

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1897, Nelson Mullins maintains offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, DC. With more than 500 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing in 14 offices, the firm has more than 50 diversified practice areas and represents a variety of clients ranging from start-up technology companies to Fortune 500 corporations.

Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation: Firm attorneys represent clients in a number of litigation practice areas, including technology, commercial, toxic torts, employment and product liability litigation. Attorneys in the Firm’s Litigation Group advise clients concerning such matters as class action lawsuits, contract disputes, corporate takeovers, professional liability issues, business, securities and financial fraud.

Corporate/M&A: The firm’s corporate attorneys have handled hundreds of mergers and acquisitions transactions ranging in size from less than $5 million to more than $1 billion. Clients include public and privately held companies, private equity groups, management groups and investment banks. Its M&A lawyers have industry experience in banking, finance, business services, consumer products, defense and homeland security, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, media, pharmaceuticals, retail, social media, software, technology, telecommunications and transportation as well as other industries.

Intellectual Property: The Intellectual Property Law group provides patent, trademark and copyright services to domestic and international corporations. Attorneys and technical specialists are scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, many with PhD degrees, masters and bachelor degrees in technical disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, immunology and mechanical engineering.

Financial Services: Nelson Mullins attorneys provide a range of legal services for financial institutions, including state and national banks and their holding companies, as well as for bank technology companies and other bank service organizations. Attorneys in this group provide counsel throughout the United States in the areas of business, securities, business torts, antitrust matters, lending liability claims, contract disputes and other areas.

Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices: Firm attorneys have knowledge in many areas of science and technology and effectively handle claims regarding clients’ products and services. The attorneys have experience with mass torts and multi-district litigation, requiring coordination with attorneys from across the United States.

Healthcare: These attorneys guide healthcare providers, healthcare service companies and investors through the sensitive hurdles and strict scrutiny of governmental and societal factors faced by the industry. Firm attorneys provide client services to healthcare clients in corporate transactions, regulatory and governmental affairs, litigation, finance and tax.

Mass Tort Litigation: Firm attorneys are equipped to handle or coordinate the defense of mass tort claims on an individual, regional or national basis and serve as national trial and coordinating counsel for leading US companies.

Government Relations: Firm attorneys have experience with a range of clients in many areas of lobbying and legislative analysis. The government relations professionals understand how legislative, administrative, regulatory and political processes operate in the nation’s Capitol, at the State House, at the county office building, and at City Hall.

Labor & Employment: The firm defends employment-related lawsuits from discrimination cases to NLRB matters, from common law wrongful discharge suits to breach of contract claims. The firm has many years of experience in defending class action cases, including collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Attorneys also work proactively with clients to avoid litigation.

International Work: This group handles investment, commercial transactions and trade, and related matters. Services include private and public international law and representing private and public clients including practice before courts, agencies, tribunals and governments.


  • Meridian, 17th Floor,
  • 1320 Main Street,
  • Columbia,
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29201
  • Tel +1 803 799 2000
  • Fax +1 803 256 7500
  • Website : www.nelsonmullins.com
  • Liberty Center,
  • Suite 600,
  • 151 Meeting Street,
  • Charleston,
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29401-2239
  • Tel +1 843 853 5200
  • Fax +1 843 722 8700
  • Poinsett Plaza, Suite 900,
  • 104 South Main Street,
  • Greenville,
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29601-2122
  • Tel +1 864 250 2300
  • Fax +1 864 232 2925
  • BNC Bank Corporate Center,
  • Suite 300,
  • 3751 Robert M Grissom Parkway,
  • Myrtle Beach,
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29577
  • Tel +1 843 448 3500
  • Fax +1 843 448 3437
  • One Post Office Square,
  • 30th Floor,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02109-2127
  • Tel +1 617 573 4700
  • Fax +1 617 573 4710
  • 101 Constitution Avenue NW,
  • Suite 900,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20001
  • Tel 202 712 2800
  • Fax 202 712 2860
  • 50 N. Laura Street,
  • Suite 2850,
  • Jacksonville,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 32202
  • Tel 904 665 3600
  • Fax 904 665 3699
  • 3600 Maclay Blvd. South,
  • Tallahassee,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 32312-1267
  • Tel 850 907 2500
  • Fax 850 907 2501
  • Atlantic Station,
  • 201 17th Street, NW,
  • Suite 1700,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30363
  • Tel +1 404 322 6000
  • Fax +1 404 322 6050
  • Bank of America Corporate Center,
  • 42nd Floor,
  • 100 North Tyron Street,
  • Charlotte,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 28202-4007
  • Tel +1 704 417 3000
  • Fax +1 704 377 4814
  • Glenlake One, Suite 200,
  • 4140 Parklake Avenue,
  • Raleigh,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 27612
  • Tel +1 919 877 3800
  • Fax +1 919 877 3799
  • The Knollwood,
  • Suite 530,
  • 380 Knollwood Street,
  • Winston-Salem,
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • NC 27103
  • Tel +1 336 774 3300
  • Fax +1 336 774 3299
  • One Nashville Place ,
  • 150 Fourth Avenue, North,
  • Suite 1100,
  • Nashville,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 37219
  • Tel +1 615 664 5300
  • Fax +1 615 664 5399
  • 949 Third Avenue,
  • Suite 200,
  • Huntington,
  • West Virginia
  • USA
  • WV 25701
  • Tel 304 526 3500
  • Fax 304 526 3599

Corporate/M&A - Georgia

What the team is known for Remains a force in the corporate and transactional marketplace, predominantly in the midmarket, and advises on matters such as joint ventures, hedge funds and private equity investments. Notably, the group is very experienced in acquisition and divestiture strategies and has developed antitakeover mechanisms for its clients.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hollingsworth is co-head of the firm's M&A group and managing partner of the Atlanta office. He is particularly recognized for his private equity and hedge funds work, and is also regularly sought after for his expertise in M&A, divestitures and joint ventures.

Healthcare - Georgia

What the team is known for Growing healthcare practice, acting principally for healthcare providers and healthcare service companies. Maintains a fine track record across transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, and is particularly noted for its work concerning whistle-blower cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong group, with very good regulatory lawyers and very good transactional lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected Stanley Jones elicits particular praise for his certificate of need expertise and is also singled out by commentators for his effective lobbying work on behalf of healthcare clients.

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Columbia.

What the team is known for Prominent East Coast attorneys, esteemed for product liability capabilities in a number of industry sectors. Particularly highlighted for its expertise in disputes involving pharmaceuticals, automobiles and toxic torts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know how to handle cases regionally and nationally while staying mindful of costs - I've had phenomenal experiences with them."

"A real player in the medical device and toxic tort sectors." 

Notable practitioners  

David Dukes is described by sources as "a fantastic trial attorney." His practice in product liability focuses on pharmaceutical products, though one competitor concedes: "Anything he does, he does well."

Healthcare - North Carolina

What the team is known for Respected healthcare practice. Highly regarded for its advice on contentious situations and regulatory provisions affecting the sector, including Certificate of Need matters.

Notable practitioners

Raleigh managing partner Noah Huffstetler chairs the firm's healthcare group, and is a prominent name in the state. He wins plaudits for his committed and effective litigation style, with sources describing him as "bright, prepared and smart."

Barry Alexander is a leading member of the firm's national healthcare practice. He is known for his advice on contentious and regulatory matters, including associated information management and privacy issues affecting the sector.

Winston-Salem office managing partner Denise Gunter is celebrated for her broad expertise in healthcare litigation and antitrust matters. Clients say she is "extremely efficient," and report that "you can call her, catch her in her car between meetings, and instead of someone having to find the answer she knows the answer right there."

Significant clients Novant Health.

Corporate/M&A - South Carolina

What the team is known for A strong bench of highly astute counsel handling general transactional matters, including banking and finance and securities work. Also a known name in litigation when such deals turn contentious.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent lawyers at a good price point, providing excellent value." 

"The work of the firm is outstanding." 

Notable practitioners  

John Jennings can call on extensive regional experience, being admitted to practice in Illinois and North Carolina as well as South Carolina. He has a high profile for the lender representation side of his corporate and transactional practice, including M&A and securities work. Clients note that he is "very responsive" and highlight his commercial sensitivity and "excellent work product."

The "outstanding" Gus Dixon is a key M&A lawyer at the firm. His practice includes international transactional work for entities in the technology and financial sectors. Sources describe him as a solution-oriented, cost-effective and efficient counselor.

Neil Grayson heads the financial institutions group, dividing his time between Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. He is acclaimed for his "strong banking practice," which sees him acting for community banks on matters such as M&A and securities work.

John Moore is a partner in the Columbia office. He is well known for his work for financial institutions, advising on matters such as creditors' rights. Clients hold him in high esteem, and consider his reassuring manner a key reason to retain him to sort out transactional matters.

Daniel Fritze qualified and practiced as a CPA before coming to the law, giving him a unique insight into the fundamentals of commerce. He is acclaimed by sources as a lawyer who "is smart, does a good job, is reasonable, and has good judgment."

Mason Hogue is cochair of the firm's technology and procurement subpractice. Sources say he is "very bright" and knowledgeable in issues affecting entities in the technology industry. He has previously advised software companies and manufacturers.

Bo Russell is a younger partner in the Greenville office with previous experience as a former in-house legal professional at a publicly listed technology company. Sources say he is solid and experienced in the finer points of transactional work, and praise his "great work."

Environment - South Carolina

What the team is known for Longstanding environmental practice able to handle a range of regulatory, transactional and dispute-related matters with aplomb. Recognized for skills in areas such as air work and Superfund issues.

Notable practitioners

Karen Aldridge Crawford divides her time between the Columbia and Washington, DC offices. "She is a wonderful resource for contentious and delicate environmental issues in South Carolina," according to delighted clients, who also praise her experience in working with regulatory bodies. Superfund litigation is a key component of her practice.

Bernard Hawkins earns considerable market acclaim for the quality of his air compliance work. Sources are "very impressed with his capability – he has a very good ability to understand and implement regulations in complex air permitting situations."

Litigation - South Carolina

What the team is known for Commended as a leading litigation practice with a broad regional presence and an impressive bench of high-profile attorneys. Offers expertise across a wide range of disputes, including those related to commercial matters, securities and antitrust. Maintains a particularly strong profile for product liability litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Sources highlight David Dukes as being "very persuasive and articulate in presenting cases to judges and juries." His previous experience includes acting as national trial counsel on product liability and pharmaceutical litigation.

Mark Phillips is well known for his extensive experience in product liability matters. He has advised on asbestos-related personal injury disputes and has acted as trial counsel across a number of different states.

Marvin Quattlebaum is highly regarded for his trial experience across a range of commercial and product liability disputes. Sources say he is a "very strong litigator" with a "great deal of technical expertise."

Samuel Outten draws on impressive experience across a wide range of litigation, handling areas such as product liability and professional liability. He recently joined the firm from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.