Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nelson Mullins
Headquarters Columbia, South Carolina
No. of offices 14
No. of attorneys 490+ (2014)
Major practice areas General practice including lobbying
Key people James K. Lehman, Managing partner[1]
Date founded 1897
Founder Patrick Henry Nelson II
Company type Limited liability partnership

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (commonly referred to simply as Nelson Mullins) is a U.S. law firm and lobby group based in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2013, the National Law Journal ranked the firm the largest in South Carolina and 90th largest in the United States. The firm also ranked 115th in profit per attorney on the 2012 AmLaw 200 survey.[2]


The firm was founded by Patrick Henry Nelson II (1856-1914) of Camden and Columbia, S.C. Nelson was the Fifth Circuit Solicitor, President of the South Carolina Bar Association (1911-1912), and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1885-1887). His son, William Shannon Nelson (1881-1939) ran the firm after his father, as did William's son Patrick Henry Nelson III (1910-1964).[3] [4] [5]


In 2013, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP received a Beacon of Justice Award for providing pro bono representation to those unable to afford representation. In 2005, the firm received the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award from the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and the William B. Spann, Jr. Award from the State Bar of Georgia.

In 1992, Nelson Mullins won the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award, given annually to law firms for extraordinary contributions in providing legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. Nelson Mullins became a charter member of the Pro Bono Challenge in 1993.



  1. ^ Lehman's firm bio
  2. ^ Amlaw 100 Profile
  3. ^ "Patrick Henry Nelson II". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Patrick Henry Nelson III". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Patrick Henry Nelson II". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 

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