Philip Lader

T: 843.534.4141
F: 843.534.4225
Liberty Center, Suite 600
151 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20001
T: 202.689.2800
F: 202.689.2860

Philip Lader, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and a partner in Nelson Mullins’ Washington and Charleston offices, is Chairman of WPP plc, the world’s largest advertising and media-marketing services group (which includes Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Grey Global, Hill & Knowlton, and Burson-Marsteller, with 158,000 people in 108 countries) and a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley.  He also serves as on the boards of Marathon Oil, AES, and UC Rusal Corporations, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and The Atlantic Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


  • Experience counseling corporate clients regarding:
    • Corporate governance and strategy
    • International and public policy matters
    • Large-scale land, real estate and recreation assets
    • Fast-growth technologies businesses’ development and expansion

Leadership Positions

  • U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s (1997-2001)
  • Member, President Clinton’s Cabinet (1994-1997)
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff & Assistant to the President (1993-1994)
  • Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management & Budget (1993)
  • Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (1994-1997)
  • Confirmed unanimously 3 times by the U.S. Senate

Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple (British Inns of Court)
  • Honorary doctorates awarded by 14 universities & colleges
  • BritishAmerican Business Inc. Founders Award (2016)
  • Rotary International’s 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award


  • Law clerk for The Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1972 – 1973)