Firm Profile > Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP > Nashville, United States

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
One Nashville Place
150 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 1100
Nashville, TN 37219
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

A pleasure to work with’ in the eyes of its clients, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's e-discovery team has comprehensive expertise in trade secrets, evidence spoliation matters, document preservation, and data breaches and data privacy. Antitrust, fraud and merger due diligence are other key areas of focus. The practice group is well-versed in the use of e-discovery-related technology and utilizes technology assisted review (TAR) and relativity assisted review (RAR) in relation to electronic documentation. Practice head John Martin advises on high-stakes litigation, information management, and cybersecurity. Lucie Cohen acts for clients in complex litigation matters and government investigations. Heyward Bonyata handles both offensive and defensive discovery strategies. Julie Flaming has particular expertise in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. All named practitioners are based in Columbia, South Carolina.

Practice head(s):

John Martin

Other key lawyers:

Lucile Cohen; Heyward Bonyata; Julie Flaming; Travis Bustamante


‘The e-discovery practice team is exceptional’.

‘The work product is excellent and the response time has exceeded my expectations’.

‘The practice is able to meet a range of needs, from document review and storage, to data rooms accessed by multiple parties’.

‘They have experience in multiple other disciplines, which I think helps with their current practice’. 

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Sixteen Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies

J.M. Smith Corporation

Anthem, Inc.

Entergy Corp

Santee Cooper, a.k.a. South Carolina Public Service Authority

Elliott Davis LLC

Industry focus > Education Tier 1

Fielding a sizeable team across Washington DC and Atlanta, the full-service education practice at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has strength in depth across transactional mandates and contentious matters for an array of clients including Atlanta Public Schools. 'Standout partner', Nina Gupta  in Atlanta heads the group and is skilled in regulatory and litigation matters, particularly related to discrimination and other Title IX claims. Gupta also advises on employment-related matters such as university pensions. Suzann Wilcox  is also recommended for her experience acting for public school districts on procedural matters, special education needs, and privacy work. Contacts in Washington DC include litigator Arthur Coleman , who specializes in civil rights-related legislation in higher education institutions and strategic guidance to schools on diversity and inclusion. Also recommended in DC is Scott Palmer , who is co-founder of the firm's affiliate consulting group EducationCounsel LLC, and is recommended for his advisory work pertaining to policy change. The team also handles a significant amount of pro bono work.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Brock; Arthur Coleman; Nina Gupta; Scott Palmer


‘This practice is unique because you never get the feeling that you are working with a large firm. The people are friendly, relatable, and you never feel that you need to question the information that you are being given. They are flexible and if they cannot work within your time constraints, they find someone who can. We have several firms on retainer with our organization and I ONLY call my contact at Nelson Mullins.’

There are not many firms that have the bandwidth to handle everything with such competence while being able to provide a genuine feel in terms of the relationship.

‘Nina Gupta is a standout partner. I cannot say enough about her in terms of her knowledge, her work, her product, her work ethic, and I absolutely adore her as a person. I have been with my company for almost 5 years and have worked most closely with Nina for about 4 of them. There is no one better to handle the work within a school. Absolutely no one. She is dependable, I can rely on a response from her anytime I reach out, and her work is beyond reproach.’

‘I have worked with Suzann Wilcox, and she is great. She has a wonderful, warm personality, and she has been able to move us through some situations by being extremely responsive and knowledgeable about our work. Suzann always knows who to get us connected with if she will not be handling something directly. Additionally, she always connects us with great people.’

‘We had a teacher come from Australia on a Visa and Ji Young Song and June Lee were absolute specialists in making this a painless, seamless process. They were both so efficient and knowledgeable about the process and timelines.’

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s product liability practice acts for clients across the country, representing several high-profile companies in the pharmaceutical and medical device space. In a recent large-scale matter the firm acted as national counsel in multi-district litigation involving thousands of personal injury cases as a part of its long-running representation of medical technology company C.R. Bard. Mark Jones and David Dukes, a recognized litigator, lead the 'diverse, talented' team from Columbia.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; David Dukes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brown; Richard North


‘David Dukes, Mark Jones, Michael Hogue and their colleagues are excellent at putting together a winning trial strategy (and David is one of the most likeable, decent lawyers alive in the courtroom).’

‘I’ve never worked with such a diverse, talented, and genuinely personable group of attorneys. Product liability lawyers must know their products and the science behind them, and these attorneys excel on all fronts. They are talented trial lawyers and masters of the subject matter. I have been their local counsel for more than 10 years and I truly enjoy working with them.’

‘Most firms talk up diversity, but Nelson Mullins exemplifies it. The teams I work with have women, people of color, and other ethnicities represented in their ranks. The firm is committed to attracting and developing diverse talent from the ground up. This commitment has led to the firm putting together an incredible national practice for the IVC filter defense. They also collaborate effectively and efficiently across their offices. They quickly and seamlessly leverage favorable outcomes in one jurisdiction to maximize the value and benefits to the client in all other jurisdictions.’

Key clients

C.R. Bard

Johnson & Johnson


Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

The team at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is instructed by its diverse client roster in the toxic torts space locally, regionally and nationally. In addition to defending against asbestos-related claims, the firm is also involved in talc, coal dust and other exposure allegations. Mark Jones leads the practice from Columbia with David Dukes, who regularly defends pharmaceutical clients.  Baltimore-based Michael Brown is a well-known first-chair trial attorney, recently obtaining a complete defense verdict in a single-plaintiff trial related to talcum powder.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; David Dukes

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brown; Melissa Foster Bird; Jack Slosson; William Starr

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson


American Optical




Kimberly Clark



John Deere

Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Fielding a sizeable automotive practice, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 'provides outstanding quality at a very good price'. It stands out for its representation of major car companies in dealership litigation all over the US; and on the regulatory side, the practice specializes in dealer relations, franchise and distribution matters. The practice is jointly led by 'top-notch', Columbia-based automotive lawyer Steven McKelvey, who 'knows the business better than almost anyone', and Keith Hutto. McKelvey represents automobile manufacturers and distributors in litigation, while senior partner Hutto is a dealership termination specialist. Other experienced litigators are Richard Otera in Los Angeles, Denver-based Mark Clouatre and Andy Bertron in Tallahassee. Since publication, Christie Iannetta joined the firm's Washington, DC office.

Practice head(s):

Steven McKelvey; Keith Hutto

Other key lawyers:

Richard Otera; Mark Clouatre; Andy Bertron; Christie Iannetta


‘The team provides outstanding quality at a very good price.

Top-notch Steven McKelvey knows the business better than almost anyone.

Key clients


Fiat Chrysler

General Motors




CSX Transportation, Inc.





Government > Government relations Tier 4

The government relations group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a long-standing presence in Washington DC and also fields dedicated teams in a variety of states across the East Coast. Among its recent highlights, the team has helped clients to obtain federal funding, minimize regulatory risks, build industry coalitions and develop policy strategies. David Wilkins co-chairs the public policy and international law practice out of Greenville, alongside Arthur Coleman in the Washington DC office. Also in DC, Woojin Shin advises Korean corporate and governmental clients on US federal and state government relations issues relating to trade policy and industry regulations. Former lieutenant governor of North Carolina Dennis Wicker is a name to note in Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkins; Arthur Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Wicker; Stanley Jones, Jr.; Vinoda Basnayake; Woojin Shin

Key clients

State of Qatar

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Fluor Corporation

iHeartMedia, Inc.

American Dental Association

Province of Saskatchewan

Beacon Health Options

George West Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's immigration practice focuses on global mobility and business immigration mandates for large multinational enterprises, particularly for Korean clients. Jointly overseen by Jeong-Hwa Lee in Atlanta and Henry Burwell in Greenville, the group advises on foreign investments, foreign transfer of employees, and international commercial transactions. In Miami, Glenn Cooper covers US and Canadian immigration issues and advises on permanent residence issues including the EB-5 investor program. Sector strengths for the group include the technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Jeong-Hwa Lee; Henry Burwell

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Cooper

Key clients



SK Group







Hyosung Group

Black Knight

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP represents both buyers and sellers in middle-market M&A, and has strong private equity and venture capital capabilities. The firm has a strong presence in the Southeast, with offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, South Carolina and Florida, but is fully capable of handling work nationally. Gus Dixon in Columbia is noted for his securities and corporate governance experience; he co-chairs the practice with Rhys Wilson, who focuses on M&A in the retail sector, and Michael E. Hollingsworth II, who advises trading companies and private equity firms. All named attorneys are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's growing outsourcing practice was bolstered in 2019 by the additions of Ed Hansen and of counsel Val Gross, both of whom joined the New York office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Hansen, a respected lawyer in the outsourcing space, has extensive expertise in advising on deals involving the integration of technology into business processes, while Gross is well-versed in handling complex, high-value transactions. In the Nashville office, Geoffrey Vickers and Jason Epstein have significant experience in technology transactions, advising on software licensing deals as well as managed services agreements. The client base includes companies in the financial services, consumer products, and automotive industries.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Vickers; Jason Epstein; Ed Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Val Gross


‘Strong, relevant, multi-situational experience’.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 4

The team at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, praised for its 'true partnership mentality', defends automobile, vehicle and original equipment manufacturers in product liability litigation, taking on roles in disputes surrounding personal injuries and fatalities as well as putative class actions alleging defects in vehicles. Mark Jones and Steven McKelvey in Columbia lead the products liability group. Los Angeles-based Phil Cosgrove, a trial attorney who handles complex civil litigation and focuses on product liability, transportation and toxic tort cases, is a key figure in the team. Jahmy Graham joined the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; Steven McKelvey

Other key lawyers:

Anita Wallace Thomas; Phil Cosgrove; Ryan Cosgrove


‘The products liability team at Nelson Mullins takes the time to really learn about our products at a granular level. They are not a firm that learns just what they need to for a case, but rather works to understand the entire product, the reasoning behind design decisions, and how the product fits into the company’s current and future plans. This is a true partnership mentality.’

‘John Kuppens, Richard North, Paul Collins, and Sam Outten have been incredible to work with. They are always available for sound guidance and are very strategic in their approach to our cases. Such strategic thinking helps keep our legal spend down while at the same time producing fantastic results.’

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler


General Electric

Global Aerospace

Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers a range of transactional and regulatory advice to public health systems, physicians groups and other healthcare companies. Its recent work has included joint ventures, strategic partnerships and collaborations, False claims Act cases, and healthcare bankruptcies. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the Southeast, with offices in Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. Thomas Moran leads the firm from Myrtle Beach, and Fort Lauderdale-based Lester Perling is recommended for his work on Stark Law claims and anti-kickback cases.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:

Lester Perling; Gabriel Imperanto

Key clients

Advent Health

Lexington Medical Center

Tidelands Health

Medical University of South Carolina

Randolph Hospital, Incorporated, d/b/a Randolph Health

Wayne Memorial Hospital, Inc., d/b/a Wayne UNC Health Care

Physicians Regional Healthcare System


GastroCare, LLP

Village Dermatology

Summit Health Partners, LLC

Maric Healthcare, LLC

American Society of Hematologists

Beacon Health Options


Encompass Health

Real estate Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has been particularly busy on the acquisition and disposition front over the review period and has also handled a number of large-scale development and commercial leasing matters. It operates across a number of property types including office, hotel, retail and warehousing in addition to its niche strengths in transportation, solar and timber assets. It is, however, the residential space which has been an especially fruitful field of activity of late, with the team having been engaged in numerous student accommodation, affordable housing and multi-family projects. Atlanta-based Andrew Litvak heads up the practice, counting a variety of investors, namely sponsorship groups and private equity funds, among his key clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litvak

Other key lawyers:

Eric Wilensky; Christopher Staller; Cathy Rudisill; Laurence Papel

Key clients

Stonemont Financial Group

Bluerock Real Estate

12th Avenue Realty Holdings

Silicon Ranch Corporation

City of Fort Myers, Florida

The Bainbridge Companies

Catalyst Development Partners

Palm Beach Park Centre 4 LLC

ESJ Capital Partners, LLC

North County Pines, LLC

General Motors

Circle K Stores

Dantes Partners, LLC

Retirement Living Associates

210 South Development LLC and Twin Creeks Development Associates, LLC

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is a full-service law firm based out of Columbia, South Carolina, with more than 800 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. Founded in 1897, the firm is ranked by The American Lawyer as the 68th largest law firm in the United States.

Nelson Mullins 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights H Jason Gold
Corporate Jeffrey A Allred
E-Discovery John D Martin
Environmental Karen A Crawford
Financial Institutions Neil E Grayson
Franchise and Distribution Litigation Steven A McKelvey Jr
General Litigation J Mark Jones
Government relations Edward E Poliakoff
Healthcare Thomas F Moran
Intellectual Property Mark C Dukes
Labor and Employment Bret A Cohen
Mergers and Acquisitions Michael E Hollingsworth II
Real Estate Andrew Litvak
Real Estate/Capital Markets Bradley J Denson
Securities Jonathan H Talcott
Tax C Wells Hall III
Technology Ed Hansen
Venture Capital Billy Ching
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jason I. Epstein  photo Jason I. Epstein Partner
 Laurence Papel  photo Laurence Papel Partner
 Geoffrey P. Vickers  photo Geoffrey P. Vickers Partner
Total staff : 1,611
Number of Partners : 471
Number of Fee-Earners : 336
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Firm Managing Partner : James K Lehman