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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP


United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP¬†merged with Broad and Cassel in August 2018. The ‚Äėvery talented and friendly‚Äô team has grown by 45 attorneys and 'routinely produces high quality work when time is of the essence‚Äô. Areas of expertise include commercial leasing, development, capital markets and loan portfolio transactions. Nashville-based managing partner Larry Papel¬†recently advised W Hotel on the development and construction of a $114m hotel project in Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta-based team head¬†Andy Litvak¬†represented PointOne Holdings on the $33.5m sale of Waterford Point, a multifamily property in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Another highlight saw the firm advise Starwood Capital on its acquisition of the $600m Dolphin Affordable Housing portfolio. Other clients include Tavistock Development Company, Hillwood, The Bainbridge Companies and Moncure Holdings.

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United States: Dispute resolution

E-discovery
E-discovery - ranked: tier 1

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

The Columbia-based team at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP houses a mix of attorney-advocates, technology specialists and project management staff, advising both government entities and corporates on a variety of e-discovery issues. It receives praise for its scalable document review platform, which complements the group's 'good depth' of litigators. 'Well recognized by clients', practice head John Martin is ably supported by Lucie Cohen and Heyward Bonyata. Clients include Anthem, Eli Lilly and Entergy Corporation.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Led by Mark Jones and David Dukes in Columbia, the team at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP regularly acts for manufacturers in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices sector and specializes in asbestos exposure cases. Recent highlights include acting for Purdue Pharma in opioid litigation, and representing Honeywell in a series of lawsuits brought by plaintiffs alleging that the client’s products cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma. Other members of the practice include Michael Brown in Baltimore, Charleston-based Mark Phillips and James Irvin in Columbia.

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s public policy team is mainly housed in Washington DC, but it also has a presence at state level in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Massachusetts. Dennis Wicker and David Wilkins jointly lead the practice. Wilkins, former US ambassador to Canada who has a special focus on US-Canada relations, helped the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to obtain approval for the TransCanada’s KXL pipeline by the Trump administration, which was rejected under the previous administration. Robert Crowe lobbies on behalf of the government of Qatar, specifically advising on domestic trade missions, the blockade and charitable contributions in the US. Other clients include technology company Weedmaps, Korean company Hyosung and Newsmax Media.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Southeastern firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP provides advice on healthcare M&A and financing transactions, compliance, IT and antitrust , while it also represents clients in litigation, white-collar crime proceedings and governmental enforcement matters. Team lead Thomas Moran in Myrtle Beach advised Tidelands Health on its joint venture with Encompass Health for the construction and operation of a rehabilitation hospital in South Carolina. In 2018, the firm merged with Florida practice Broad & Cassel, adding a 25-lawyer healthcare team, including Fort Lauderdale-based Gabriel Imperato, who defended Am-Med Diabetic Supplies and AJT Diabetic Supplies against a False Claims Act qui tam action regarding medical supplies reimbursement.

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Transport: rail and road - litigation
Transport: rail and road - litigation - ranked: tier 3

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP‚Äôs automotive practice represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on dealer and franchise disputes. Indeed, clients note in particular the team's ‚Äėexpertise in automotive dealer and distribution law‚Äô. Mark Clouatre¬†in Denver represented PACCAR in a dealership application dispute, and regularly acts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in disputes with dealerships and consumers. Columbia-based Keith Hutto, who handles franchise and distribution cases, is defending Nissan on a number of franchise and dealership cases. Other names to note include¬†Andy Bertron¬†in Tallahassee and Richard Otera¬†in Los Angeles. Hutto and Steven McKelvey, who is also based in Columbia, jointly head the team.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 'delivers a timely and expeditious service and the assignment of practice specialists is fast and smooth'. The national corporate and M&A team has over 80 lawyers across the US; it stands out for banking and technology sector M&A and has significant private equity and venture capital expertise. It acted for Novolex, a plastics and packaging manufacturer, in its acquisition of the Waddington Group, a global consumer and commercial package manufacturing business; and in a $220m financial services M&A deal, the practice assisted Florida-based Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust on its sale to IberiaBank. In other matters, it advised pharmaceutical company Huvepharma on its acquisition of AgriLabs, the largest marketing and sales distribution company in the US for food animal products. Atlanta-based Rhys Wilson and 'his team always provide expertise, speedy delivery and creative solutions to solve problems'. Michael Hollingsworth II and Gus Dixon in Columbia are other key M&A contacts.

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Latin America: International firms

City focus: Miami

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is noted for sponsor-side project finance, tax and private wealth matters, and white collar and FCPA issues. The firm has also made an impression in Latin America M&A and private equity investments. The Miami office has achieved particular market recognition in toll road and PPP projects, notably in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, thanks in part to the presence of New York-licensed John Haley, who joined the firm as part of its merger with Broad and Cassel in August 2018. In tax and private wealth, Mauricio Rivero has a strong practice in inbound and outbound investments from and into Latin America. Representing a range of high net-worth individuals from El Salvador, Colombia, Chile and other Latin American jurisdictions, he frequently advises on trust structures and foundations for passing wealth to US-based beneficiaries. In white-collar crime and FCPA matters, of counsel Jon Sale is an experienced practitioner in cases that are linked to Latin America. Carlos Loumiet is another experienced figure in power, transport infrastructure and telecoms projects in Latin America, particularly in Central America, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.

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