Rivers S. Stilwell

T: 864.373.2217
F: 864.373.2284
Poinsett Plaza, Suite 900
104 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Rivers S. Stilwell is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Greenville as well as the leader of the Greenville litigation team, overseeing a team of more than 25 people. Mr. Stilwell practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, gaming law, public procurement, water and sewer utilities, zoning, land use and development, and construction.


  • Has trial, appellate and arbitration experience involving business disputes, financial institutions, computer software, special purpose districts, product liability, and construction
  • Represents the regional sewer authority as its General Counsel handling procurement, government contracting, FOIA, corporate governance and litigation
  • Administrative law experience in  bid protests and contract disputes at the state and local level, zoning disputes,  permit  denials and appeals
  • Regulatory experience appearing before the SC Department  of  Labor Licensing and Regulation and the SC Public Service Commission
  • Represents water districts throughout  South Carolina on water and sewer development projects, enabling legislation, bylaws and internal procedures,  territorial and service disputes and in litigation matters
  • Has presented and written on electronic discovery, trade secrets, public procurement, water rights, and FOIA
  • Annual lecturer for the Special Purpose District and the Rural Water Associations
  • Has represented clients in matters in South Carolina, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Texas

Community and Bar Involvement

  • President of Project Care, a HUD funded program serving the chronically homeless
  • Treasurer and Founding Member, The Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court
  • Original member, City of Greenville’s Design and Preservation Committee
  • Recipient, Richard W. Riley Award for Pro Bono Service, Western Carolina Legal Services