PERSONNEL FILE: Nelson Mullins attorneys recognized by Chambers, Legal 500

By The West Virginia Record | Jun 14, 2012




COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legal directory publishers Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 have recognized Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for its products liability litigation.

Chambers and Partners also recognizes the law firm and its attorneys with state rankings for practices in South Carolina and Georgia. Twenty-four attorneys in those states plus North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and the District of Columbia also are singled out for their practices by Chambers. Rankings are based on interviews with law firms and clients and released in Chambers USA 2012.

The Legal 500 recognizes the law firm for its product liability and mass tort defense practices in the areas of automotive/transport and pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In automotive/transport, the publication singles out West Virginia partners Marc Williams, Robert Massie, and Melissa Foster Bird. In pharmaceuticals it singles out Columbia partner David Dukes.

Chambers and Partners gives Dukes and Columbia partner Stephen G. Morrison a national ranking for their products liability and mass torts practices. The publishers also recognize Columbia partner Steve McKelvey in its national category for his work in transportation: road (carriage/commercial).

In nationwide products liability & mass torts, the publication notes: "This team continues to grow in reputation and stature following impressive achievements in mass litigation and coordination. The group is experienced in complaints involving issues of breast cancer causation, asbestos and medical device failure. With... a thriving East Coast practice, it is well placed to handle product liability disputes from coast to coast."

The publishers rank the firm for its South Carolina general commercial litigation, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, and corporate work in banking and finance, and in Georgia for its healthcare practice.

Of the South Carolina general commercial litigation practice, the publication writes: "This leading regional firm fields a first-class litigation group with a very strong reputation nationally for product liability. It plays a key role in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries." The publication singles out David Dukes, Steve Morrison, Mark Phillips, and Marvin Quattlebaum.

Chambers ranks the Nelson Mullins South Carolina corporate/mergers and acquisitions group and the corporate/mergers and acquisitions group in banking and finance as top-tier and writes: "This premier corporate and banking firm has established an outstanding reputation across the Southeastern region. Peers and clients admire the depth and breadth of the team, as well as the sophisticated work it handles. In addition to experience of handling regulatory and transactional work for financial institutions, the team has been busy with M&A work in the technology, manufacturing and service industries." The publication singles out Neil Grayson, Gus Dixon, Dan Fritze, John Jennings, Mason Hogue, and John Moore.

Of the Georgia healthcare practice, the publication writes: "This firm has developed a multifaceted healthcare practice that offers a comprehensive service to clients, including hospitals, health systems, hospices and nursing homes. Its core areas range from advising on regulatory compliance and government investigations to assisting with transactional matters and healthcare disputes." The publication singles out Stan Jones, Rebekah Plowman, and David Winkle.

Other Nelson Mullins attorneys recognized in the publication are:

District of Columbia

David Main – Healthcare


Richard Herzog – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Michael Hollingsworth – Corporate/M&A

North Carolina

Terri Gardner - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

South Carolina

Sue Erwin Harper – Labor & Employment

William Foster – Labor & Employment

William Bobo – Real Estate


Laurence Papel

West Virginia

Marc Williams – General Commercial Litigation

Melissa Foster Bird – General Commercial Litigation

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 430 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, Tallahassee, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and throughout the Carolinas.

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