PERSONNEL FILE: Lehman elected managing partner of Nelson Mullins

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 12, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. -– The partnership of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has elected Columbia partner James K. Lehman as its new managing partner.

He will oversee the firm's 12 East Coast offices and more than 430 attorneys and government relations professionals, as well as more than 500 support staff.

Lehman will maintain his practices in the areas of business litigation and investigations and environmental litigation. He replaces David E. Dukes, who is stepping down after serving as managing partner of the Firm since 2001. Dukes will continue to serve on the Firm's Executive Committee and will continue his national litigation practice.

"David has led the Firm through phenomenal growth over the past decade despite significant challenges," Mr. Lehman said. "I look forward to continuing his work expanding our services to our clients, broadening our geographic reach, and attracting talented professionals to the firm."

In the fall of 2004, Mr. Lehman returned to Nelson Mullins after serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary to Safety-Kleen Corp., where he helped the corporation emerge from Chapter 11 protection in what, at the time, was one of the larger and more complicated bankruptcies in U.S. corporate history. Before first joining Nelson Mullins in 1995, he worked at law firms in Washington and New York. After law school he served as law clerk to Judge Robert F. Chapman of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A member of the South Carolina Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Lehman is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of South Carolina.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has office locations in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

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