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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
United States




Steve McKelvey has experience in business counseling and litigation, with an emphasis on representation of automobile manufacturers, distributors, and automobile manufacturer trade associations. He regularly represents these entities in litigation matters throughout the country, including add points, relocations, terminations, licensing, vehicle allocations, warranty reimbursements, incentives, facilities, financing, and other manufacturer issues related to dealers and state/federal regulatory bodies

His experience also extends to heavy trucks, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. He represents captive and affiliated auto finance companies.

For more than 20 years, Steve has advised clients and/or appeared on their behalf in matters in more than 30 states





  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Franchising Law Forum
    • Business Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions, Associate Member
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association


University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1990), University of South Carolina, BA, English cum laude (1986)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a strong reputation for its representation of car companies in dealership litigation. On the regulatory side, the practice fields experts in dealer relations, franchise matters and distribution-related work. In Columbia, Steven McKelvey has longstanding experience in representing automotive companies, while Keith Hutto acts in business litigation. In 2021, Washington DC-based Christie Iannetta, who focuses on automotive industry-related regulatory and compliance issues, joined as partner from King & Spalding LLP, where she was counsel.

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

Combining deep sectoral knowledge of the transportation industry allied with strategic litigation credentials, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is a popular choice for handling product liability and class actions throughout the country. Drawing upon the expertise of many practitioners with former in-house experience at major car companies, the team is particularly effective at representing automotive clients, including many OEMs. Exclusively focused on work in the automotive sector, Steven McKelvey  combines commercial and advisory prowess, alongside litigation smarts, ensuring that he is a trusted advisor to stakeholders, both in a non-contentious and contentious setting. Mike Brown  and Phil Cosgrove, based out of Baltimore and Los Angeles, respectively, are both noted for their advocacy skills, which they regularly implement to good effect for automotive defendants in product liability disputes. The arrival in June 2021 of Washington DC-based Terri Reiskin  from Dykema Gossett PLLC was also a major boost to the firm, particularly in light of her product liability and class action expertise within the sector. In addition, the recent recruitment of a sizeable team of litigation partners from Bowman and Brooke LLP provides added weight to the practice, with many having a focus on automotive matters as a function of their broad product liability expertise.