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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

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers comprehensive coverage of the e-discovery practice area, with expertise extending from data collection to the courtroom. The team is praised for being ‘led by real litigators who know how to add value to the case‘, and has experience across a broad range of areas, including trade secrets, evidence spoliation issues, data privacy, and merger and contract disputes. John Martin, who has a background of high-stakes litigation, and a strong record of multi-district disputes and government investigations, leads the team, which is primarily based in Columbia, S.C. Core team members include Heyward Bonyata , who acts as discovery counsel for clients in multiple litigation proceedings, and Lucie Cohen  who has experience acting for clients facing interrelated litigation and government inquiries. Julie Flaming  is key for pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, product liability, and business litigation. Jarrett Coco, who is particularly active in the health insurance space, and the Charlotte, N.C.-based Travis Bustamante are prominent names at the more junior level.

Practice head(s):

John Martin

Other key lawyers:

Heyward Bonyata; Julie Flaming; Lucie Cohen; Travis Bustamante; Jarrett Coco


‘The team is led by real litigators who know how to add value to the case instead of simply accomplishing e-discovery tasks. They are an invaluable partner with specialized knowledge capable of protecting the client in discovery and, in most cases, use their e-discovery tools and insights to go on the offensive against the other parties in discovery.’

‘Travis Bustamante is a seasoned litigator who leverages his wealth of courtroom and deposition experience to solve complex e-discovery issues with a laser focus on the ultimate merits of the case.’

‘Nelson Mullins’s e-discovery practice group provides clear advice in a timely manner that accounts for both our legal and business needs. Nelson Mullins not only leverages technology to serve our legal needs but also works with our vendors to improve their technical services on our behalf.’

‘Partners John Martin, Heyward Bonyata, and Travis Bustamante are experts in the field of e-discovery. They communicate clearly, quickly, and professionally.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Santee Cooper aka South Carolina Public Service Authority

16 Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies

Anthem, Inc. (now Elevance Health, Inc.)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina

Under Armour, Inc.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Florida Blue (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida)

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

A raft of lateral hires over recent years, including the recruitment of over 50 partners from product liability heavyweight firm Bowman and Brooke LLP (a number of which have a considerable focus on matters within the automotive space) has raised Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP‘s profile in the market and has already translated into an increased number of mandates in the space. Richmond-based Sandra Ezell is one of the new members of the team who has leveraged her contacts and expertise in the space to good effect. She is leading the firm’s efforts on behalf of numerous high-profile auto manufacturers, including Nissan, who she represents as national trial counsel in relation to several product defect cases. Also based in Richmond, Rob Wise is another new member of the team, having joined in January 2022 alongside Ezell, and brings significant litigation expertise, including at an appellate level. South Carolina-based Mark Jones  co-heads the overarching product liability group alongside Ezell that also includes renowned Washington DC-based litigator Terri Reiskin , who has extensive experience leading on high-profile MDLs in the automotive sector, and Atlanta-based Richard North, who has experience at handing aviation/helicopter-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; Sandra Ezell

Other key lawyers:

Terri Reiskin; Rob Wise; Eden Darrell; Ryan Cosgrove; Heather Fields; Richard North


‘Nelson Mullins has decades of experience representing almost every major automobile/truck/offroad manufacturer. This experience is brought to bear on ever matter, existing and new, in the form of efficiencies in handling discovery and a deep understanding of the legal landscape.’


Key clients

FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler)

Ford Motor Company

General Electric Company/Global Aerospace Inc.





Mercedes-Benz USA

Nissan (Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Co. LTD)


Safran Helicopter Engines

Skinny Labs Inc. d/b/a Spin

Tesla, Inc.

Textron (comprising Textron, Inc., Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc., and various Arctic Cat subsidiaries)

Toyota (comprising Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Toyota Motor North America, inc., and certain other Toyota subsidiaes)


Work highlights

  • Representing Fiat Chrysler in a $50m-plus jury trial in federal court in Corpus Christi, TX in relation to a fatal vehicle crash and fire.
  • Represented Nissan Motor Co. LTD and Nissan North America, Inc. in Billie Spizzano, et. al v. Nissan Motor Co. LTD, Nissan of North America, et al. – a $6m case pending in Virginia Beach, Virginia involving an alleged automotive product defect in an Infiniti Q50.
  • Represented General Electric Company/Global Aerospace Inc. in a Blackhawk military helicopter crash case pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia, relating to a crash off the coast of Yemen.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Noted, in particular, for its trial ready approach, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a long and distinguished track record defending pharma and medical device companies in product liability litigation in courts all over the country. This capability has been further enhanced in recent years by some high-profile trial lawyers joining the firm’s ever expanding geographical footprint, thereby affording it the critical mass to handle a plethora of ongoing cases irrespective of location. South Carolina-based partner David Dukes is one of the “old guard” at the firm and remains a popular choice among clients in the sector as a result of his advocacy skills and aptitude at explaining complex scientific issues to lay jurors. Richard North in Atlanta and Baltimore-based Mike Brown are also seasoned litigators, with both regularly achieving success in bellwether trials throughout the country. Molly Jean Given is an experienced product liability litigator and has ‘broad experience in medical device products defense’. South Carolina-based partner Mark Jones heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brown; David Dukes; Richard North; Terri Reiskin; Alana Bassin; Kate Skagerberg; Molly Jean Given; Ryan Cullen; Rachel Byrnes


‘Molly Given is an excellent attorney with broad experience in medical device products defense. I particularly appreciate her practical approach to all matters.’

Molly Given is an experienced, practical attorney in medical device products litigation.’

Key clients

C.R. Bard, Inc. and Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

Boston Scientific Corporation

Endologix Inc. / Endologix LLC


Johnson & Johnson (including some of its major subsidiaries: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Ethicon, Mentor Worldwide LLC)

Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Housed within its overarching product liability practice group, South Carolina-headquartered firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP regularly acts as local and regional counsel, as well as being increasingly well-positioned to act as national counsel, on behalf of clients seeking to defend themselves from consolidated claims alleging a wide range of toxic tort infractions. As well as continuing to handle asbestos-related claims associated with talc products, the firm has also handled some newer torts including as it relates to contamination claims relating to forever chemicals. As two of the most experienced trial lawyers at the firm, Mike Brown and David Dukes  have had considerable success over the years in relation to toxic tort mandates, particularly within the pharmaceuticals space. In Los Angeles, Jahmy Graham  is also gaining some visibility in the space, particularly by dint of his pro bono representation of a public interest objector to a $641m settlement relating to residents’ exposure to lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan. South Carolina-based Mark Jones and Minneapolis office head Alana Bassin co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; Alana Bassin

Other key lawyers:

Jahmy Graham; Mike Brown; David Dukes

Key clients

American Optical

Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Representing American Optical in product liability matters involving underground mine respirators.
  • Representing a public interest objector to a $641m settlement relating to residents’ exposure to lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

Industry focus > Education Tier 2

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP‘s comprehensive practice is based out of Washington DC and Atlanta and acts for public and private colleges, universities, K-12 schools, academic medical centers in complex litigation and transactional matters. The firm’s affiliate consulting group EducationCounsel LLC which centers on innovation and systemic reforms acts for non-profit clients and academic institutions in policy matters. The team frequently advises education boards and colleges on gender and sexual misconduct issues, including gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment. The group is jointly managed by Atlanta’s Marquetta Bryan, who litigates for schools in discrimination matters as well as DC’s Scott Palmer, who is actively involved in reforms in the K-12 space. Associate Alexis Trumble is a name to note. Former co-head Daniel Cohen has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Scott Palmer; Marquetta Bryan

Other key lawyers:


Solid knowledge of university athletics and related issues, including staffing related matters with a diverse group of associates — several of whom are former student athletes.

Key clients

Clemson University

Ohio State University

University of Georgia

University of Iowa

University of Miami

University of Southern California

Vanderbilt University

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska

University of South Carolina

Mississippi State University

East Carolina University

Eastern Michigan University

North Dakota University System

Lee University

Work highlights

  • Assisting colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, with the implementation of new (and rapidly evolving) name, image and likeness (NIL) rules.
  • Representing the University of North Dakota in federal class action litigation alleging gender discrimination within its athletics department, as well as proactively improving gender equity.
  • Representing the University of South Carolina in class action litigation filed by students seeking reimbursement of tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 semester on the basis that COVID-19 regulations diminished learning opportunities.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP‘s sizeable national automotive practice advises a large proportion of the US’ active motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also increasingly involved in new industries such as driverless cars, electric vehicles and over-the-air repairs. The team’s expertise covers advising on federal and state legislative frameworks, as well as motor vehicle-related regulatory work. It additionally acts in disputes spanning class actions, product liability claims, terminations, relocations and ownership transfers. Other areas of strength include advising on distribution models, sales, and data privacy issues. Columbia-based Steven McKelvey routinely represents manufacturers of cars, trucks, motorcycles, powersports and recreational vehicles, while Tallahassee’s Andy Bertron is the firm’s lead automotive lawyer in Florida, and Los Angeles office managing partner Richard Otera focuses on franchise and distribution law and litigation. Other key practitioners are Mark Clouatre in Denver, LA-based Jody Porter, and Washington DC’s Christie Iannetta. In 2022, the firm expanded its automotive product liability practice through the recruitment of over 50 attorneys (including 30 partners) from product liability-focused firm Bowman and Brooke LLP; the move added several automotive product liability litigators with ties to major car companies.

Practice head(s):

Steven McKelvey


‘Nelson Mullins has a wide variety of professionals that can assist on any given matter within the industry. Clients appreciate the wide range of expertise and deep bench.’

‘The individuals at Nelson Mullins have a good grasp of the challenges that manufacturers face in this industry and the competing interests that in-house counsels have to navigate. Clients trust their judgement and guidance.’

‘The Nelson Mullins team is extraordinary in many ways. They are subject matter experts in the automotive industry, from product liability to warranty laws, from supplier contracts and participation agreements to state dealer franchise issues, from brand protection issues to consumer class actions relating to automotive products or services. In short, they have the expertise to handle all areas of legal need, and to do it at great value and with exemplary responsiveness.’

‘Steve McKelvey: Steve is simply the most effective outside counsel I have ever worked with when it comes to identifying and providing the appropriate legal expertise and client satisfaction. He is greatly attuned to our business and our legal needs, and he is always ready with appropriate suggestions for representation and counseling in whatever area of need we have.’

‘Rich Otera is extremely smart, insightful, and makes you feel like you are his only client, even knowing that is not the case. His deep experience and intelligence are evident in his advice and communications.’

‘Sally Caver has become the go-to transactional expert for our legal team. She knows our business, our culture, our approach, and she tailors her advice accordingly.’

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler


General Motors








M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Primarily based in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland, the corporate and M&A group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP attracts mandates from mid-market buyers and sellers active in a range of industries, most notably banking, technology, automotive and healthcare. Based in Baltimore, Colleen Pleasant Kline handles the full range of M&A, and regularly assists with Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings. Gus Dixon in Columbia is a notable M&A practitioner in the South Carolina market, whose experience encompasses securities law, corporate finance, investigations and business transactions. Key individuals in Atlanta include Michael Hollingsworth, who focuses on middle-market deals in the consumer products, healthcare, construction and tech sectors, and Rhys Wilson, who brings to the table extensive experience in this space.

Practice head(s):

Colleen Pleasant Kline; Gus Dixon; Michael Hollingsworth; Rhys Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Galison; Tom Brumgardt; Timothy Hodge; Rebekah McCorvey

Key clients

Matrix Resources

FD Fund Administrator

Infinite Leap, Inc

Calculated Risk L.P.

Chase Corporation

Exeter Street Capital Partners


Pye-Barker Fire & Safety LLC


Synergy Recycling, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Ironmark on its sale to Post Capital Partner.
  • Advised Infinite Leap Inc. on its acquisition by CenTrak.
  • Advised AppGeo on its sale to The Sanborn Map Company Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is increasingly well-positioned to handle both individual and class action claims, irrespective of location and industry sector. The firm's expanding team offers first-chair trial credentials and is noted for its trial-ready approach that is appreciated by clients and frequently sees the firm securing roles as national trial counsel in relation to product liability matters across a wide array of consumer products. Best-known for her automotive product liability skills, Richmond-based trial lawyer Sandra Ezell, who joined the firm in January 2022 from Bowman and Brooke LLP, is also accomplished at trying consumer electronics-related cases. The team is co-headed by Mark Jones  and Alana Bassin from South Carolina and Minneapolis, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; Alana Bassin

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brown; Sandra Ezell

Key clients

American Optical

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Electrolux Home Products, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

The Toro Company

Whirlpool Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Electrolux in a case arising from a fatal apartment fire allegedly caused by a Frigidaire refrigerator.
  • Representing American Optical for product liability matters involving underground mine respirators.

Government > Government relations Tier 4

With extensive bipartisan relationships and experience, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers sovereign clients, multinational companies and non-profit organizations assistance with advocacy work at both federal and state levels. Headed Washington DC-based Christopher Cushing, the group is particularly active in the healthcare, education and transportation industries. In Greenville, former ambassador to Canada David Wilkins focuses on policy issues related to US-Canada interests, while Washington DC-based Woojin Shin typically advises Korean companies operating in the infrastructure, automotive, defense and consumer goods segments on US trade policies.

Practice head(s):

Chris Cushing

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc.

Together Georgia, Inc.

George West Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

Beacon Health Options

Georgia Psychological Association

Integrated Health Resources


Partners for H.O.M.E., Inc.

Georgia Innocence Project

Georgia Justice Project


Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education

Fluor Corporation

iHeartMedia, Inc.

Province of Saskatchewan

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

AnMed Health

DC Blox

Work highlights

  • Assisted Together Georgia, an alliance of child welfare providers, in securing a 10% rate increase for Together Georgia’s members, equating to $27.8m per year added to the State’s budget.
  • Acted for iHeartMedia, Inc. on advocacy work to ensure that Congress that does not enact new performance fees, taxes, royalties and other charges relating got the public performance of sounds recordings on local radio stations.
  • Represented the Canadian province of Saskatchewan before legislators and the executive branch regarding concerns related to carbon capture, oil and pipelines, and critical minerals.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 4

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP leverages its offices in New York and Nashville to advise clients on business critical and digital transformation projects in the techy, outsourcing, procurement and privacy spaces. New York-based pair, Ed Hansen and Val Gross, are key contacts for retail brands in the luxury goods industry for re-platforming the clients’ digital services and re-engineering global collaboration models. Jason I. Epstein and Geoffrey Vickers, both stationed in Nashville, advise clients on drafting and negotiating various BPOs and management services. The team also advises clients in the healthcare, accounting, manufacturing and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Geof Vickers; Jason Epstein; Ed Hansen; Val Gross

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 4

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has the capacity to assist on a range of issues in the telecoms space, focusing on representing clients in matters of federal funding and major subsidy program participation; investigation, inquiries, and enforcement proceedings; and new market entry, especially in relation to wireless and Internet of Things. The practice has significantly grown its capabilities with the early 2022 hiring of John Heitmann, Steven Augustino, Joshua Guyan, and counsel Debra McGuire Mercer from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, combining the new team’s regulatory expertise with the nationwide capabilities of the wider firm, namely in data privacy, to offer a wide range of services for clients. Heitmann heads the new practice and is active across the firm’s market entry, federal funding, enforcement proceedings, and product compliance work.  Augustino focusses his practice on Universal Service Fund contributions and Universal Service audits and investigations;  Guyan assists domestic and international telecoms service providers on compliance and licensing; and McGuire Mercer specializes in litigation, representing clients in FCC proceedings as well as state public utility commissions.

Practice head(s):

John Heitmann


The team is unique in that they support a very niche segment of the telecommunications industry. The LifeLine and ACP programs are government subsidized and heavily regulated requiring specialized knowledge not contained within other firms.’

John Heitmann is bar none the top attorney in this segment of the telecommunications space. Others that portend to represent the same space come nowhere near his level of expertise. Josh Guyan is also an incredible source of knowledge within the Lifeline and ACP space. Debra Mercer has vast telecom experience and a go-to for our organization. Bottom line, this team working in coordination provide terrific support to our company.

‘Nelson Mullins has handled our non-profit organization’s advocacy to fight to help low-income Americans keep their essential communication services through the Lifeline program. Nelson Mullins provides top-notch advice on regulatory compliance with the FCC and state regulations.’

The Nelson Mullins team has great attention to detail and treats their clients as their top responsibility. The attorneys represent themselves with the utmost professionalism. They provide such expertise in the subject matter and outstanding legal advice. Nelson Mullins’s legal strategy and filings have been very well researched and eloquently presented.’

They are the market leaders within our sector of business.’

‘Our primary attorney is John Heitmann and our years of experience working with him as always been positive and he represents himself with the utmost professionalism. He provides expertise in the subject matter and provides outstanding legal advice. Josh Guyan is a subject matter expert that represents himself with the utmost professionalism. An absolutely fabulous attorney.

‘What I have found most unique about this firm is just how informed they have become on the day to day nuances of our industry and why certain things are so critical for us to protect. They have a forward looking approach where they realize to help us preserve our industry’s ability to serve the community, we must proactively set meetings with key decision makers and have a regular cadence of discussions.’

‘We work with John Heitmann and Josh Guyan. Tireless advocates, brilliant policy framers and as passionate, if not more so, than many of the leaders in the industry.’

Key clients

Aero Communications

American Broadband & Telecommunications

AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC

Assist Wireless

Boomerang Wireless

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

DISH Wireless, LLC

Easy Wireless

Excess Telecom

Global Connection of America, Inc.

IM Telecom, LLC

Liberty Broadband

Liberty Latin America Liberty Global

Liberty Cablevision

National Lifeline Association

Phreesia, Inc.

Prepaid Wireless Group

Q Link Wireless

Telrite Corporation

Transaction Network Services, Inc.

True Wireless


ViaOne Services

Work highlights

  • Representing the National Lifeline Association in the transition from the $3 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to the $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program.
  • Advising DISH Wireless on compliance matters relating to its retail wireless business, particularly its participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and Lifeline program.
  • Acting for Transaction Network Services, Inc., which is one of the three largest U.S. providers of telecommunications analytics used for robocall identification, blocking, and labelling services.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is active in advising clients in investigations and compliance matters as well as in trials. The practice covers a wide range of white-collar issues, such as healthcare kickbacks, financial services fraud, and allegations of bribery and corruption. Bart Daniel, who splits his time between Columbia and Charleston, leads the team jointly with Miami-based Jon Sale, as well as Solomon Wisenberg, who is active in both Washington DC and Raleigh.

Practice head(s):

Bart Daniel; Jon Sale; Solomon Wisenberg


Key clients

Poloniex, LLC

Dr. Brian August

Kyle Cole

Amir Golestan and MICFO LLC

Troy Gregory

Russell Laffitte

Rick Maike

Work highlights

  • Representing the former Palmetto State Bank CEO, Russell Laffitte, against State and Federal court charges alleging financial crimes and misconduct.
  • Represented Kyle Cole in a criminal tax evasion case before the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas (San Antonio Division) in which charges were successfully reduced to a misdemeanor.
  • Represented Brian August, a pain management physician, against charges of illegal distribution of Schedule II narcotics and healthcare fraud – all charges were dismissed.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s practice is engaged by a host of providers, including senior living facilities and physician groups, for its capabilities in joint ventures, not-for profit tax matters, and FCA claims. Thomas Moran, who leads the team from South Carolina, is an experienced advisor to hospitals and physicians on healthcare M&A, employment agreements, and joint ventures, with a particular emphasis on acting for tax-exempt hospitals. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Gabriel Imperato has broad litigious expertise, often handling the development of compliance programs and qui tam actions. Patricia Markus bolsters the team in North Carolina with her knowledge of technology and data privacy; she routinely advises accountable care organizations and post-acute care facilities on health information exchange initiatives.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Imperato; Patricia Markus; Gina Greenwood; Noah Huffstetler


‘The team are known as aggressive litigators, so they are a good fit when the stakes are high. They are willing to think creatively and approach the case from many angles to maximize chances of a good outcome.’

‘Noah Huffstetler is one of the most strategic and creative litigators I know. He comes up with ideas to maximize leverage and assert pressure on the opponent. He is willing to take risks and is not content to sit back and go on autopilot.’

Key clients

Clinical Site Partners

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Inc.

Rural Healthcare Initiative

Statesboro Cardiology

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of In re Americore Holdings, LLC

Randolph Hospital, d/b/a Randolph Health


Tidelands Health

Cano Health, LLC

Cedartown-Polk County Hospital Authority d/b/a Polk Medical Center

Beacon Health Options

Work highlights

  • Represented Clinical Site Partners, LLC in its sale to Flourish Research.
  • Represented Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Inc. in the completion of a new and innovative management relationship for the system, and resolution of matters relating to the licensure and opening of the system’s new Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health Center.
  • Representing the Rural Healthcare Initiative on topics such as governing board structure and liability issues, facility planning and management, and healthcare trends.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is ‘extremely experienced on startups’  and offers a ‘practical and appropriate‘ pricing approach to its company clients. The nationwide team has key individuals throughout the country, including New York, Miami and Atlanta. Cross-border and Latin America-related work is an area of strength, with the ‘tremendous‘ Miami-based partner Leandro Molina offering ‘a deep understanding of emerging markets‘. Atlanta’s Paul Rothstein leads the team with New York’s Joe Daniels  (‘a trusted counsel, advisor and protector’).  Jackson Hwu in Miami has also built a prominent reputation and co-chairs the firm’s Latin America practice group.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rothstein; Joe Daniels

Other key lawyers:


‘The team that we deal with is extremely experienced on startups and it’s exactly what we need. They understand every aspect of startup constitution, investment and daily legal operations. They helped us avoid many pitfalls due to their experience. Also, the price is attractive and payment methods are practical and appropriate for a startup.’

‘Our main focal point is Leandro Molina. Besides being a tremendous lawyer, he has a deep understanding of emerging markets, since he is Brazilian and worked in renowned local law firms before practicing law in USA. He is very proactive, taking care of the legal side of our business even when we don’t know what we have to do. He makes us feel very safe in the legal side of the company, so we can have the peace of mind to make the business happen.’

‘Our work with NM has centered around both the acquisition and sell side of M&A. I have found that what is unique to them is the follow-through. Unlike other practices, once the agreement is signed, they stay on the players to ensure that the forward tasks and milestones (earn outs, data handling, etc) are well understood, are kept statused, and discussed in a timely fashion.’

‘Joe Daniels: Ideal in that he’s a practical lawyer. He will explain the ideal, the acceptable, and the not acceptable when working on modifications requested by third parties to NDAs, contracts, or other agreements. Joe is not doctrinaire but explains the shades of gray, the risks and the practical compromises that are part of negotiations. I feel the same sense of urgency to get a workable agreement.’

‘For us, what makes this firm unique is Joe Daniels. Joe has been a trusted counsel, advisor and protector in more ways than we can describe. The fact that he chose Nelson Mullins as his home is enough for us. The resources of a firm such as Nelson Mullins also allows Joe to bring in the right person for whatever our current ask, whether it be contract, advisory or litigation. We can’t say enough about Joe and his team.’

‘Joe Daniels is what makes Nelson Mullins stand out. His background and expertise with regard to funding rounds, negotiation, agreements, and the due diligence process, has proven itself time and again.’


Key clients

Stord, Inc

Michelin Ventures SAS

Battleface, Inc

DGB USA, Inc (Formerly Digibee)

Upload Ventures (Formerly Early Stage Softbank)

Softbank Latin America Fund


Lotus Money


Boticario Group


Mech Inc


Oncology Analytics d/b/a Oncohealth

Work highlights

  • Advised Stord, Inc., a cloud supply chain company, in its $100 million + Series D-3 preferred stock financing with Franklin Templeton as the lead investor.
  • Advised Softbank as the lead investor in the Series A financing round of Medway, which raised $15 million from Softbank and seven other co-investors.
  • Advised RentRedi, which provides an all-inclusive landlord-tenant app with everything you need as a DIY landlord, in a $12 million Series A financing.

Real estate Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers multidisciplinary expertise across all areas of commercial real estate, with a particular focus on land acquisition and entitlement, development and construction, capital markets, lending, finance, and leasing. In the Boca Raton office, Jeffrey A. Deutch and Christopher Staller are ‘responsive, sophisticated, commercial, and detail oriented counsel‘ on all real estate transactions and leasing. In the same office, co-head David Itskovich ‘s practice concentrates on office buildings, market-rate apartments and affordable housing. Transactional lawyer and co-head Jo Thacker in Orlando is the go-to for land–use and zoning issues, intergovernmental coordination and planning, and public finance. Eric Klinger-Wilensky is the lead partner in Atlanta.

Practice head(s):

Eric Wilensky; David Itskovich; Jo Thacker

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Deutch; Christopher Staller


‘Nelson Mullins’ real estate department partners Jeffrey Deutch and Christopher Staller, who I work with extensively, are probably the most responsive, sophisticated, commercial, and detail oriented counsel of any practice that I’ve worked with in my career.’

Key clients

Wheelock Street Capital

Aventon Companies

The Bainbridge Companies

Starwood Capital Group

Watson Brickell Development, LLC

Tavistock Development Company

Xenia Hotels and Resorts – W Hotel

Centric by Hyatt Hotel

Caption by Hyatt Hotel

White Lodging

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aventon Companies in the acquisition of four vacant land sites in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
  • Assisted an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital in connection with their investment into an assemblage of 76 parcels in West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Represented Starwood Capital Group in their acquisition of 9 properties.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has impressed with a steady pipeline of SPAC IPOs and de-SPAC transactions. Jonathan Talcott is co-chair of the securities group and Andrew Tucker also impresses clients in the SPAC field. Both are based in Washington DC.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice stands out for its work in the healthcare sector. Gary Freedman in Miami, Shane Ramsey in Nashville, and Dylan Trache in Washington DC jointly lead the practice.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

Nelson Mullins is a diversified law firm of more than 1,000 attorneys, policy advisors, and professionals with 30 offices across 16 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1897, Nelson Mullins serves clients in more than 100 practice areas.

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
Total staff : 1,811
Number of Partners : 546
American Bar Association
Firm Managing Partner : James K. Lehman