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Dwight F. Drake

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
dwight.drake@nelsonmullins.com

Dwight Drake is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where his practice focuses on government relations, legislative issues, and disputes involving government contracts. Maintaining an active litigation practice, Mr. Drake has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Dwight Drake is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where his practice focuses on government relations, legislative issues, and disputes involving government contracts. Maintaining an active litigation practice, Mr. Drake has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Dwight Drake is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where his practice focuses on government relations, legislative issues, and disputes involving government contracts. Maintaining an active litigation practice, Mr. Drake has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Experience

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Experience

Mr. Drake has been involved in the lobbying efforts for the following major legislation:

  • Governor Riley's Education Improvement Act in the mid-1980s
  • Interstate banking in the late-1980s
  • Legislation providing for BMW to locate its manufacturing facility in South Carolina in the early 1990s
  • Endowed Chairs Act (Centers of Economic Excellence)
  • Economic Development Bond Act for BMW's expansion in the mid 2000s
  • South Carolina Education Lottery Act in the late 1990's and early 2000s
  • Medical Malpractice reform and the deregulation of communications throughout this decade

Previous Professional Experience

  • Executive Assistant for Legislative and Political Affairs for South Carolina Governor Richard W. Riley
  • Legal Counsel to South Carolina Governor John C. West
  • Served on the Hodges for Governor Transition Committee

Educational Activities

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • President, Student Bar Association
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Phi Delta Phi

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1972)
  • University of Georgia, BA (1967)

Admissions

  • South Carolina

Practice Areas

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  • Lawyer of the Year in Government by American Lawyer (1981)
  • Order of the Palmetto (two-time honoree), highest honor bestowed on a civilian by the S.C. Governor
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
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