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Oct. 4, 2022

Benchmark Litigation Honors Nelson Mullins and its Litigators

Euromoney Legal Media Group

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Benchmark Litigation has recognized Nelson Mullins and its attorneys in the legal directory’s 2023 rankings.

Nelson Mullins has been ranked nationally in Tier 1 for product liability and recall. In Maryland and South Carolina, the firm has been “highly recommended” for dispute resolution. In West Virginia, the firm has been “recommended” for dispute resolution.

Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson was recognized in the Top 250 Women in Litigation. David E. Dukes and Michael A. Brown have been selected as National Practice Area Stars.Barry Koopmann, Molly Given, Robert L. Massie, Shane Ramsey and Alicia Ritchie were recognized as Future Stars. Ryan Cosgrove, Jahmy Graham and Barry Koopmann were selected for the 40 & Under Hot List.

And these attorneys were ranked as Local Litigation Stars in their respective practice areas:


  • Mark T. Clouatre, Denver, Colo. -- Commercial, Product Liability


  • Mark Raymond, Miami, Fla. – Commercial, Trusts and Estates


  • S. Wade Malone, Atlanta, Ga. -- Commercial


  • Michael E. Blumenfeld, Baltimore, Md. – Commercial, Product Liability
  • Michael A. Brown, Baltimore, Md. - Insurance, Product Liability
  • Deborah St. Lawrence Thompson, Baltimore, Md. – Commercial, Product Liability, Employment
  • Matthew S. Sturtz, Baltimore, Md. – Commercial


  • Alana Bassin, Minneapolis, Minn. -- Product Liability

North Carolina

  • Noah Huffstetler, Raleigh, N.C. -- Commercial


  • John Q Lewis, Cleveland, Ohio -- Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Commercial

South Carolina

  • Robert H. Brunson, Charleston, S.C.-- Competition/Antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Insurance, International Arbitration, Product Liability, Securities
  • David E. Dukes, Columbia, S.C. -- Commercial, Product Liability, Securities
  • S. Keith Hutto, Columbia, S.C. -- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Product Liability, Commercial
  • Sam Outten, Greenville, S.C. -- Commercial, Product Liability
  • G. Mark Phillips, Charleston, S.C. -- Construction, Product Liability

West Virginia

  • Marc E. Williams, Huntington, W.Va. -- Appellate, Commercial, Product Liability

According to the organization, lawyers are selected for inclusion based on litigator and client interviews identifying the leading litigators and firms. Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Learn more about the methodology.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm that has more than 930 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 15 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the firm, visit