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Dec. 14, 2022

Nelson Mullins Partners Elect 32 Attorneys to the Partnership

Columbia, S.C. – The partners of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP have elected 32 attorneys to the partnership effective Jan. 1, 2023. Overall, the firm elected new partners across 12 cities and eight states and the District of Columbia.

In Atlanta:

  • Jacob Adrian, who focuses his practice in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital.
  • George Akers, who represents emerging growth companies and the investors who invest in such companies, with a focus on equity and debt financings, M&A transactions, and general corporate matters.
  • Jake Carroll, who represents and advises clients in the construction, manufacturing, and real estate industries in business disputes, commercial transactions, and related corporate matters.
  • Amy B. Cheng, who focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation, and white collar defense and government investigations.  
  • Ellis Diment, who focuses her practice in the area of commercial real estate.
  • Abe Kannof, who focuses his practice on residential and commercial real estate transactions.
  • Frances Kim, who focuses her practice in the areas of commercial finance and real estate capital markets.
  • Tom Ryan, who  focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, corporate governance, and securities offerings.
  • Heather Toft, who works primarily in the areas of low income housing tax credits, affordable housing equity and debt financing, market rate financing, real estate, and general business organizations law.
  • John Willis, a former financial institution senior vice president and corporate counsel who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, corporate governance, third party risk management, loan portfolio sales, securities, and regulatory compliance.

In Baltimore

  • Mary Biscoe-Hall, who handles complex litigation across the country and provides advice and counsel to clients in the areas of construction, employment and labor, toxic tort, as well as commercial and business disputes.
  • Jeffrey Johnson, who focuses on a broad array of labor and employment matters.
  • Kaitlin Motley, who represents clients in commercial and business disputes, as well as in catastrophic personal injury cases.
  • Adam Scharff, who focuses his practice on the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of commercial real estate.

In Boston

  • Michael Skeary, who practices in insurance, property and casualty coverage, and bad faith and extracontractual litigation.
  • Lyndsey Stults, who focuses on bad faith insurance defense, insurance coverage, consumer financial services litigation, product liability litigation, and commercial business disputes. She recent was named vice chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.

In Florida

  • Michelle Jessell (Boca Raton), who has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, lending, and related transactions.
  • Trenton Parks (Boca Raton), a corporate and finance attorney representing both privately and publicly held clients.
  • Yisell Rodriguez (Orlando), who focuses on affordable housing and tax matters, counseling clients in various aspects of developing, financing, and operating their communities.
  • Nina Welch (Fort Lauderdale), who represents clients in a variety of complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts across the country.

In Nashville

  • Kevin Tran, who assists clients in matters related to financial regulatory, FinTech, corporate and securities issues.

In North Carolina

  • Andrew Brown (Raleigh), who maintains a diverse litigation practice ranging from business, employment, and insurance disputes to public procurement protests and constitutional litigation.
  • Lianna Donovan (Charlotte), who practices in the areas of electronic discovery, records and information governance, cybersecurity and data privacy, and business litigation.
  • Jeff Kelly (Raleigh), who focuses his practice in areas of emerging technology regulation and investigations, particularly involving data analytics, digital assets, and FinTech.

In San Diego

  • Jenni Jokerst, who focuses her practice in the areas of business and securities–related litigation, electronic discovery, and products liability litigation.

In South Carolina

  • Brad Barringer (Columbia), who helps clients navigate challenges in the areas of electronic discovery, records management and information governance, and litigation readiness.
  • Christopher Casavale (Charleston), who focuses his practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, domain name law, and strategic counseling.
  • Sean Hastings  (Columbia), who concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract negotiation, and general corporate matters.
  • Bobby Streisel (Charleston), who practices in the areas of federal and state taxation, estate and gift tax planning, tax controversy, and probate litigation. 

In Washington, D.C.

  • Tom Bardo, who  practices in the areas of telecommunications, media, international, and business immigration law.
  • Jonathan Huber, who litigates and tries multi-party complex toxic tort, insurance, environmental, construction defect, and business tort cases in state and federal courts around the United States.

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, D.C. For more information, go to