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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
United States

E-discovery Tier 1

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.

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

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.

Transport: rail and road - litigation Tier 3

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s automotive practice represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on dealer and franchise disputes. Indeed, clients note in particular the team's ‘expertise in automotive dealer and distribution law’. 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.

Government relations Tier 4

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.

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

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.

Healthcare: service providers Tier 5

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.

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
 Daniel C. Lumm  photo Daniel C. Lumm
 David Wilkins  photo David Wilkins
Total staff : 1,611
Number of Partners : 471
Number of Fee-Earners : 336
American Bar Association
Firm Managing Partner : James K Lehman
Managing Partner, Columbia : Sally Caver