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Jan. 24, 2022

Nelson Mullins Expands National Litigation Practice

Including New Offices in Minneapolis, San Diego, and Richmond

For more information:  Beth Huffman or 803-255-9788

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 24, 2022) – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added 22 partners to the firm’s national litigation practice, including new offices in Minneapolis, San Diego, and Richmond, with nine additional partners expected to be added in Dallas in the near future. The group of partners joined from Bowman and Brooke LLP and includes premier trial lawyers in the automotive, consumer product liability, and pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. With the addition of these new attorneys to  Nelson Mullins, the firm’s overall product liability practice will include more than 150 lawyers.  

“Over the past 10 years, we have strategically grown our national product liability defense team,” said Managing Partner Jim Lehman. “The addition of this group of seasoned partners adds even more depth and breadth to our trial experience to provide best-in-class service to our clients.”

The Nelson Mullins product liability practice currently serves as national, regional, and local counsel for numerous companies in various industries across the United States. The firm’s diverse and deep trial bench is experienced in all phases of complex litigation, including individual cases, multiparty and multijurisdictional cases, class actions, MDL proceedings, and state-coordinated proceedings. Benchmark Litigation named the firm Law Firm of the Year for Product Liability in 2020 and 2021. Legal 500 recognized the firm in 2021 for Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices. In 2021, Chambers USA recognized the firm nationally for Transportation: Road (Automotive) as well as naming the firm nationally to Product Liability: The Elite.

“We are pleased to expand our geographic footprint and national platform with this team,” added David Dukes, a leader of the firm’s product liability group. “This group of partners is a sophisticated and diverse group of well-respected attorneys whom we have known for years.”

Steve McKelvey, the leader of the firm’s automotive practice, said: “The group’s practices align very well with our client base and practice experience. Each of these attorneys brings significant experience, skills, and knowledge to serve the unique needs of our clients.”  With these new attorneys, the firm’s Auto Industry Group will include more than 80 lawyers whose practice is dedicated to the representation of manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, heavy trucks, power sport products, marine products and watercraft, and other equipment.  

Attached is supplemental information regarding the group of partners. Other attorneys and support staff are also expected to join the firm in these locations.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm comprised of lawyers and government relations professionals. After these additions, Nelson Mullins will have more than 900 attorneys in 30 offices in 14 states and Washington, D.C.