Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator for South Carolina
  • Certified Circuit Court Arbitrator for South Carolina

William H. Latham

Partner
bill.latham@nelsonmullins.com
T: 803.255.9533
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Meridian, 17th Floor
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Columbia, SC 29201

Bill Latham is an Equity Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.  He is a technology savvy trial lawyer with more than 22 years of commercial litigation experience focusing on class action defense, franchise and distribution system litigation, insurance coverage/bad faith litigation and defending/prosecuting false advertising claims.  He is also a member of the Firm's information security and data breach client service team. He has earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Bill is certified as a Circuit Court mediator and arbitrator by the South Carolina Supreme Court's Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. He is also on the roster of approved mediators of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Experience

  • Experience defending clients against class action claims in state and federal courts throughout the country, including Multidistrict litigation
  • Complex commercial litigation experience
  • Represents major motor vehicle manufacturers and national franchisors in distribution system disputes throughout the country
  • Experienced insurance coverage counsel
  • Represents clients in proceedings before the National Advertising Division ("NAD") of the Better Business Bureau
  • Certified mediator. Experienced in resolving disputes in mediation
  • Speaks and writes regularly on class action developments, data security, ADR, and law practice technology issues

Awards and Honors

  • Peer review rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
  • Recipient of Claude M. Scarborough Pro Bono Award

Recent Cases

The following is a selected sampling of recent cases and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter:

  • Member of data breach rapid reaction team that managed breach response of payment processor having compromised security of customer financial data; assisted in coordination of on-site forensic investigation and client notification; took actions to minimize litigation exposure and developed plan to pursue first party insurance coverage for breach response expenses (2013).
  • Represent national manufacturer of consumer goods in putative class action pending in Florida state court; Trial court denied motion for class certification; currently on appeal. (Pending)
  • Represented national franchisor in putative class action pending in the United States District Court for South Carolina. Motion for class certification denied. Individual claims settled. (2013)