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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is a full-service law firm based out of Columbia, South Carolina, with more than 785 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing from offices in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Colorado, California, the District of Columbia, and throughout the Carolinas. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to venture-backed and emerging enterprises to start-ups and private individuals, Nelson Mullins has strong roots in the business community and an appreciation for new directions in the business world. The firm is ranked by The American Lawyer as the 87th largest law firm in the United States.

Founded in 1897, the firm remained relatively small until planning began in the 1970s for growth with a goal of adding attorneys and diversifying its practices. The firm jumped from 18 attorneys in 1978, to 93 in 1990, to 250 in 2001, in six offices located in Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Atlanta, and Charlotte. In 2003, the firm made a major expansion in North Carolina, leading to Nelson Mullins opening new offices in Raleigh and Winston-Salem. The following year, the firm added an office in Washington, DC, and moved its Columbia operations to a new building on Main Street. In 2005, the firm reached a milestone with 350 attorneys and received recognition of its pro bono service from the ABA Litigation Section. With the opening of an office in Boston and new offices in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Atlanta, the firm had grown to 400 attorneys in ten offices by 2008. That same year, the firm formed a wholly owned subsidiary, EducationCounsel, and added offices in Tallahassee and West Virginia in 2009. In 2010, Lahive & Cockfield, a top-ranked Boston intellectual property firm, combined its resources with the firm. With new offices opening in Nashville in 2012, Jacksonville in 2013, New York City in 2015, Denver in 2016, Los Angeles in 2017, and Baltimore in 2018, the firm continued its expansion westward and on the East Coast. In August 2018, Nelson Mullins combined with Florida-based Broad & Cassel LLP.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP provides advice and counsel in litigation, corporate, securities, finance, banking, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, healthcare, technology, intellectual property, labor and employment, government relations, regulatory, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, immigration, international law, and other needs of clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses.

  • Firm Managing Partner
  • James K Lehman (, 803 255 5564)
  • Managing Partner, Atlanta
  • Michael E Hollingsworth II (, 404 322 6080)
  • Other Offices
  • Atlanta
  • Boca Raton
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charleston
  • Charlotte
  • Columbia
  • Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Florida
  • Greenville
  • Huntington
  • Jacksonville
  • Los Angeles
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Palm Beach
  • Raleigh
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Washington DC
  • West Palm Beach
  • Winston-Salem
  • Total staff: 1,578
  • Number of Partners: 441
  • Number of Fee-Earners: 328

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