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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

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May 20, 2020

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Bernard F. Hawkins, Jr.

Bernard F. Hawkins, Jr.


1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201

Bernie Hawkins applies his scientific background and legal training in working nationally on science-based litigation and dispute resolution.

Bernie Hawkins applies his scientific background and legal training in working nationally on science-based litigation and dispute resolution.

Bernard F. Hawkins, Jr.

Bernie Hawkins applies his scientific background and legal training in working nationally on science-based litigation and dispute resolution.


Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Experience in environmental law, toxic tort and pharmaceutical/drug and medical device litigation
  • Involved in permitting, compliance counseling, defending enforcement actions and administrative challenges for multi-faceted stationary sources subject to provisions of the Clean Air Act, including those subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) requirements, non-attainment requirements, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAP”) provisions, New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) requirements, Title V operating permit requirements and other stationary source state permitting requirements derived from State Implementation Plans (“SIPs”)
  • Involved in commenting on and challenging federal rulemakings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Lead counsel in obtaining RCRA and air permits in challenged proceedings for the first new secondary lead smelter permitted in the United States in over 25 years
  • Experience in dealing with indoor environmental quality issues, including experience with response to issues involving mold, asbestos, dioxin, metals, PCBs, chemical co­polymers, solvents and vapor intrusion issues
  • Managed site remediation matters on a national and international basis
  • Received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to act as special environmental counsel for a manufacturing company during the company's bankruptcy process
  • Retained to coordinate the resolution of a chemical regulation dispute in U.S. jurisdictions and numerous other countries
  • Represented clients in cases involving CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air, Clean Water, TSCA, FIFRA, EPCRA, NEPA, and the Endangered Species Act
  • Represented clients in permitting matters, compliance counseling, compliance dispute resolution, negotiation of consent orders and decrees, and in administrative appeals, including resolution of permitting appeals in the hazardous and solid waste arena


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (1990)
    • Associate Editor in Chief, South Carolina Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Wig and Robe
  • University of South Carolina, BS, Biology, magna cum laude (1986)
    • Undergraduate and/or graduate education including biology,  physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, spectrometry, genetics, cell biology, embryology, histology, and gross anatomy


  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

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The bar rules of some states require that the standards for an attorney's inclusion in certain public accolades or recognitions be provided. When such accolades or recognitions are listed, a hyperlink is provided that leads to a description of the respective selection methodology.

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources Law, Section of Business Law
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Chemical Society
  • Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association
  • Defense Research Institute



  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Technical Committee and Air Subcommittee
  • United Way of the Midland’s Tocqueville Society
  • Director, American Bar Association Business Law Section’s International Coordinating Committee (2017-2018)
  • Vice Chair, Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Committee for the ABA’s Business Law Section
  • Vice Chair, Climate Change Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee for the ABA Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
  • Liaison, ABA Business Law Section and ABA Section on Environmental, Energy and Resources Law
  • Prior Chair and Vice Chair, Air Quality Committee for the ABA Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Prior Editor,  Air Quality Committee Annual Report for the Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law’s Year in Review (a publication of the ABA and the University of Tulsa College of Law)
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