Public Policy and International Law
In our global society, legal needs often cross oceans and country borders. Nelson Mullins has a team of experienced attorneys and advisors who represent international companies in business, trade, government relations, and public policy. Our goal is to enhance our clients' business objectives by fully engaging the resources of the Firm to provide solutions to complex business issues for clients operating around the world.
International clients in industries ranging from energy to manufacturing to technology seek the services of Nelson Mullins attorneys to provide crucial legal advice in the areas of natural resources, development, real estate, immigration, taxation, corporate start-ups, and intellectual property. Nelson Mullins attorneys have assisted with numerous new and expanding businesses locating in the Southeast. The Firm assists these businesses in relation to tax and other incentive negotiations with state, county, and local governments and has also become involved in the documentation and implementation of the negotiated tax and incentives. Clients having worldwide patent and trademark portfolios select the Firm’s Intellectual Property lawyers, who have significant experience in representing clients in contractual proceedings and in IP litigation in both the United States and Canada as well as overseas in Europe, Asia, and South America. And, should the need arise, Nelson Mullins has a national reputation in a number of litigation practice areas, including technology, commercial, toxic torts, employment, and product liability litigation.
The Nelson Mullins Public Policy and International Law practice is headed by Ambassador David H. Wilkins, who served from 2005-2009 as Ambassador to Canada. Ambassador Wilkins served 25 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, the last 11 as the powerful Speaker. Through his service on the board of the National Speakers Association, he enjoys a working relationship with House Speakers throughout the country. Through his years of public service he has developed close working relationships with state and federal officials and maintains close ties with them as well as with Canadian provincial officials. He is joined on the team by Senior Advisor Christy Cox and Special Advisor Ashley Martin.
Additional members of the team who represent our clients' public policy and business matters include Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley (1993-2001), who served as among South Carolina's most popular governors from 1979-87; and Philip Lader, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's who also has served as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President.