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Henry M. Burwell

Partner

Poinsett Plaza
104 South Main Street
Suite 900
Greenville, SC 29601
buzz.burwell@nelsonmullins.com

Buzz Burwell is a senior partner of the Corporate/Securities/Tax Division and co-leader of the International Practice Group and the Defense Industry Practice Group. He is a member of the additional firm practice groups to include Automotive, Aviation, Digital Blockchain Technology, Immigration and Government Contracts.  

 

Buzz Burwell is a senior partner of the Corporate/Securities/Tax Division and co-leader of the International Practice Group and the Defense Industry Practice Group. He is a member of the additional firm practice groups to include Automotive, Aviation, Digital Blockchain Technology, Immigration and Government Contracts.  

 

Buzz Burwell is a senior partner of the Corporate/Securities/Tax Division and co-leader of the International Practice Group and the Defense Industry Practice Group. He is a member of the additional firm practice groups to include Automotive, Aviation, Digital Blockchain Technology, Immigration and Government Contracts.  

 

Experience

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Experience

  • Served as lead counsel in more than 150 green field manufacturing start-ups in the U.S. and other North American countries
  • Represents multinational businesses in a variety of transnational trade, investment and commercial undertakings, establishment of entities, import and export trade controls, customs audits/actions, defense procurement, and aviation transactions in more than 20 countries
  • Serves as automotive transportation counsel to OEMs, Tier 1-3 global supply chain companies in international manufacturing environment
  • Aviation counsel to air carriers (121/298/408), air taxis (135), FBO's and general aviation dealers, FAA Certified Repair Stations, Aircraft Modification and Maintenance companies, Aircraft DER companies, Accessory/parts manufacturer and supply companies, airport authorities and private corporate aircraft owners/operators (91) and charter services handling numerous domestic and international aircraft transactions and third country airline start-ups including Export Certificates of Airworthiness and related regulatory matters
  • Lectured on Foreign Direct Investment and Trade Agreements in Germany, Canada, Austria, Japan, and South Korea

Previous Professional Experience

  • International Tax Advisor, Arthur & Young & Co. (1977 – 1978)
  • Vice President and General Counsel, Pinehurst Airlines, Inc. (1978 - 1982)

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, JD (1976)
    • Founder and Editor in Chief, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation (1976)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA (1976)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA (1967)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

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Industries

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  • Ben Landey Pro Bono Award from Catholic Social Services of Atlanta
  • Nelson Mullins Pro Bono Award
  • Japan American Association of South Carolina pro bono award for community service to a non-profit association
  • Founder, International Law Committee, South Carolina Bar
  • International Representative for South Carolina, ALFA International
  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, Oregon, South Carolina Bar Associations
  • Founder and Former President, Japan American Association of South Carolina
    • served two non consecutive terms
  • Former Chair, Advisory Board, University of South Carolina joint degree program for the International Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees
  • Member, Advisory Board, University of South Carolina Upstate School of Business (1990 - 2015)
  • Member, South Carolina District Export Council, U.S. Department of Commerce (1990 - 2001)
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Senior Advisor, International Law Division, U.S. Central Command, United States Air Force (1978 - 1995)
    • Responsible for legal sufficiency reviews of international and joint venture procurement contracts for USAF CENTCOM in Southwest Asia comprising 17 countries
    • Responsible for aircraft accident safety board legal opinions 
    • Drafted AFR 110-14 aircraft maintenance regulation
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