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Carmen Harper Thomas

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
carmen.thomas@nelsonmullins.com

Carmen Harper Thomas is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Columbia in business litigation, focusing on disputes involving financial services, innovative business models, and technology and legal services.

 

Carmen Harper Thomas is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Columbia in business litigation, focusing on disputes involving financial services, innovative business models, and technology and legal services.

 

Carmen Harper Thomas is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Columbia in business litigation, focusing on disputes involving financial services, innovative business models, and technology and legal services.

 

Experience

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

  • Litigation and client projects addressing a variety of financial services issues, including the following: 
    • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
    • Telephone Consumer Protection Act
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
    • Truth in Lending Act
    • South Carolina Consumer Protection Code, including the Attorney and Insurance Preference Statute
    • Uniform Commercial Code and negotiable instruments
    • Federal and South Carolina SAFE Acts
    • Federal and state loss mitigation programs
    • Mortgage foreclosure and documentation issues
    • Taxation and cancellation of indebtedness
    • Creditor issues in bankruptcy
  • Representing businesses in protecting trade secrets and proprietary information especially involving technology
  • Defending innovative businesses in matters addressing conflicts between their business models and current legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Defending entities in cases regarding the scope of the practice of law, including the intersection of legal services and technology
  • Negotiating and representing clients with disputes involving the public sector, including state regulatory agencies
  • Resolving disputes regarding utility rates and other energy issues
  • Defending businesses in state- and nation-wide class actions in state and federal courts

Previous Professional Experience 

  • Law clerk, S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Planning Manager, S.C. Department of Commerce
    • Developed annual plans for federal funding used for statewide economic development, infrastructure, community facilities, and housing development and rehabilitation projects
  • State Planner, South Carolina Energy Office within the S.C. State Budget and Control Board
    • Coordinated the annual Strategic Energy Action Plan and researched and implemented energy use and renewable energy policies for South Carolina, including solar, fuel cell, biomass, and transportation efficiency projects
  • Legislative Aide and Page, S.C. House of Representatives

Educational Activities

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Member, Pro Bono Board
    • Member, Phi Delta Phi, Calhoun Inn

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (2007)
    • Editor in Chief of the South Carolina Law Review
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Securities Regulation and Media Law
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Student Member, John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
  • University of South Carolina, MPA (2002)
  • University of South Carolina, Honors College, BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, cum laude (1999)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • American Bar Association
    • Commission on the Future of Legal Services (2015)
    • Business Law Section Subcommittee on Business Courts, Vice Chair
    • Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Young Lawyer Liaison to Task Force on Small Dollar Lending
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • SC Bar
    • House of Delegates (2015-2016)
    • Committee on the Future of the Profession (2015-present)
    • Task Force on Diversity
    • Task Force on Limited Scope Representation
    • Consumer Law Section Council (2012-present)
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, President (2016-17), Executive Committee (2014-present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • SC Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers' Association
  • Richland County Bar Association, Public Service Committee (2008-2014)
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Board Member (2016-present)
  • University of South Carolina Board of Visitors (2015-present)
  • University of South Carolina, University Associates
  • Homeless Experience Legal Protection Project, Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteer (2008-2014)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Richland County Bar Buildable Hours Volunteer (2013)
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