Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
|Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP|
|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|
|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.
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).  
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.
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