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

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

The team at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is composed of project managers, technologists and analysts, as well as e-discovery attorneys, enabling it to offer a full service to clients. Key areas of expertise for the firm include data privacy issues, antitrust and fraud, particularly in relation to health insurance investigations, which is a wider firm specialism. The team is able to draw on dedicated data centers, enabling it to host client data, streamlining the analytics and document review process. Based in Columbia, litigator John Martin, whose practice is at the crossroads between litigation, e-discovery, information management and cybersecurity. In the same office, Lucile Cohen and Heyward Bonyata regularly serve as counsel in complex litigation and government investigations, in addition to advising on information management issues; Julie Flaming focuses on e-discovery and litigation readiness, as well as litigation in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Martin

Other key lawyers:


The Nelson Mullins team is deep and talented in e-discovery.

Lucy Cohen, Travis Bustamente, and Julia Hartley all have been terrific.’

Key clients


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina

Eli Lilly and Company

Entergy Corporation

Red Valve

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

Mayo Clinic

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

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s trial expertise covers pharmaceutical and medical devices, chemical, construction, tech and industrial spaces, with particular experience defending clients in asbestos-related matters. The firm serves as national and regional product liability counsel, handling multidistrict litigation, mass torts, class actions, and catastrophic injury cases. The team is co-led from Columbia by Mark Jones, who focuses on the areas of pharmaceutical, business, IP and technology litigation, and David Dukes, who is known for the defense of pharmaceutical and technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Jones; David Dukes

Other key lawyers:

Richard North; James Irvin

Key clients

CR Bard

Johnson & Johnson

Honeywell International


American Optical

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

Steven McKelvey leads the automotive practice at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, which acts for clients in the establishment of new dealership locations, licensing deals and ownership transfers, warranty reimbursements and other manufacturer issues related to dealers, distributors and state and federal regulatory bodies. McKelvey is based in Columbus alongside litigator Keith Hutto, who has developed an excellent reputation in disputes related to dealership and franchise terminations, warranty reimbursement demands and allocation challenges. Other key litigators include Richard Otera in Los Angeles, Mark Clouatre in Denver and Andy Bertron in Tallahassee.

Practice head(s):

Steven McKelvey


‘Steve McKelvey is a rock star. He is always available and has extremely deep knowledge of the auto industry. His advice is strategic, thoughtful and practical.’

Key clients

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

General Motors



Isuzu Trucks



Government > Government relations Tier 4

Dentons' public policy team is active in all the core areas of government relations and public policy work, but the firm is distinguished in particular by a couple of unique features. First, leveraging the firm's geographic reach, the firm operates a 50-state approach, which aims to provide clients with an advocacy network in every state capitol. Contacts for nationwide state advocacy issues include global practice chair Eric Tanenblatt, who divides his time between DC and Atlanta, and counsel David Quam. Another distinguishing feature of the firm is its dedicated state attorneys general practice, which is overseen by Thurbert Baker and Bill McCollum in Washington DC. Other key contacts include Gordon Giffin, an expert in international trade and government procurement, and David Tafuri, who also splits his time between DC and Atlanta, and has extensive experience acting for sovereign states in the Middle East and North Africa, recently including the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. On the more junior end, senior associate Jasmine Zaki is noted for her commercial advisory work for Middle Eastern-based companies.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a presence in several regional centers across the East Coast, and distinguishes itself in part by its bipartisan connections, regularly acting in sensitive and first-of-their-kind policy, political risk, and trade matters. The team is jointly led by Arthur Coleman  in Washington DC and South Carolina-based David Wilkins, who specializes in US-Canada issues. Other names to note include Dennis Wicker in North Carolina, who has expertise in issues relating to economic development; Vinoda Basnayake , who has experience advocating for sovereign governments; Robert Crowe, a contact for matters in the real estate and securities space; and Woojin Shin , a strong advocate for South Korean corporations in the automotive and defense sectors.

Practice head(s):

Eric Tanenblatt

Key clients

Brookfield Renewable

Hawaii Gas (a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation)

Kurdistan Regional Government


Georgia Aquarium

Northside Hospital

Jackson Healthcare

Government of Haiti

Oracle America

Atlanta United

Colorado Municipal Judges Association


Brannan Sand and Gravel

Practice head(s):

David Wilkins; Arthur Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Woojin Shin; Dennis Wicker; Robert Crowe; Vinoda Basnayke

Key clients

State of Qatar

Fluor Corporation




International Aid Corporation

Dockless Vehicles


TeleHealth Suite

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


BCD Travel USA

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

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP advises public and private companies and private equity firms, as well as domestic arms of international companies, on a range of corporate and banking transactions. The team is also recognized for its private equity and corporate finance work. Moreover, it is well positioned to provide comprehensive corporate law service to public company clients, thanks in part to the corporate governance experience of partners like Gus Dixon in Columbia. Dixon co-chairs the M&A group alongside Atlanta-based Rhys Wilson and Michael Hollingsworth II.

Practice head(s):

Gus Dixon; Rhys Wilson; Michael Hollingsworth II

Key clients


CenterState Bank

Cox Communications

Federal Staffing Resources

Lime Energy


Pandora Jewelry

Pratt Industries


United Medical Imaging

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has a robust presence in the south-east, with offices in Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Nashville, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. The practice handles healthcare M&A joint ventures, strategic partnerships and collaborations agreements, regulatory counselling, defending clients in government investigations and fraud and abuse legislation, healthcare bankruptcies, and health information technology which is led by Roy Wyman out of Nashville. Thomas Moran, who focuses on tax-exempt hospitals, heads the practice and is based in Myrtle Beach.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:

Roy Wyman; Gabriel Imperato; Robert Wilson, Jr

Key clients

Novant Health


Lexington Medical Center

Encompass Health

Broward Health

Tidelands Health

Advent Health

Medical University of South Carolina

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP acts for real estate developers, sponsors and promoters, private lenders and investors, and financial institutions in development, investment and financing transactions, both regionally and nationwide. The team has experience across a range of asset classes, from the more traditional, such as office, retail and manufacturing, to the more unique, like energy and utilities infrastructure, and timber and forest real estate. Key figures in the team include Atlanta-based Andrew LitvakLaurence Papel in Nashville, and Cathy Rudisill in the Raleigh office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litvak; Laurence Papel; Cathy Rudisill

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group

Rock River Enterprises

PointeOne Holdings

ESJ Capital Partners

The Bainbridge Companies

Cadence Bank

C.B. Ragland Company

Silicon Ranch Corporation

Bridge Investment Group

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

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
Total staff : 1,611
Number of Partners : 471
Number of Fee-Earners : 336
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Firm Managing Partner : James K Lehman