David Dukes > Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP > Columbia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
United States




David Dukes practices in the areas of business litigation, technology litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, patent litigation, securities litigation, and coordination of national litigation. He has served as President of two national lawyer organizations. David also served as Managing Partner of the Firm for over ten years and currently serves on the Executive Committee.


  • Advisory Board, Emory Law School Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Former Chair, Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee (1996–1998)
    • Former Faculty, IADC Trial Academy (1994)
  • Permanent Member, U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Richland County Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association


  • Member, Firm’s Executive Committee
  • Served as Managing Partner of the Firm from 2001–2011
    • During tenure, Firm was awarded the American Bar Association’s John Minor Wisdom Award for public service and professionalism
  • Past President, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • Board of Directors (2002–2008)
    • Chairman, Drug and Device Law Committee (1999–2001)
    • South Carolina State Chairman (1993–1997)
    • Law Institute
  • Past Board Chairman and Past President, Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • Past Board Member, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
  • Past Member, Advisory Committee of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project, Georgetown University Law Center


University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (1984); Clemson University, BS, Financial Management (1981)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

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.