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James K. Lehman

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
jim.lehman@nelsonmullins.com

Jim Lehman is the Managing Partner of the Firm. In addition to his management responsibilities, he practices in the areas of business and securities litigation, white collar investigations, and professional liability.

Mr. Lehman has also served in senior executive management positions. In 2001, he became Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Safety-Kleen, which, at the...

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Jim Lehman is the Managing Partner of the Firm. In addition to his management responsibilities, he practices in the areas of business and securities litigation, white collar investigations, and professional liability.

Mr. Lehman has also served in senior executive management positions. In 2001, he became Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Safety-Kleen, which, at the time, was undergoing one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history.

In addition to his Firm responsibilities, he has also served as the outside General Counsel for various private equity portfolio companies.

 

time, was undergoing one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history.

In addition to his Firm responsibilities, he has also served as the outside General Counsel for various private equity portfolio companies.

 

Jim Lehman is the Managing Partner of the Firm. In addition to his management responsibilities, he practices in the areas of business and securities litigation, white collar investigations, and professional liability.

Mr. Lehman has also served in senior executive management positions. In 2001, he became Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Safety-Kleen, which, at the... time, was undergoing one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history.

In addition to his Firm responsibilities, he has also served as the outside General Counsel for various private equity portfolio companies.

 

Experience

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Experience

  • Managing Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (January 2012–Present)
  • Operations Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (January 2007–2011)
  • Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (1996–2001 / 2004 – Present)
  • Outside General Counsel, Novolex Holdings (2008-Present)
  • Trustee, Safety-Kleen Creditors Trust (December 2003–2010)

Previous Professional Experience

  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Ethics Officer, Safety-Kleen Corporation (2001–2003)
    • Responsible for all legal functions, Board of Directors and corporate governance matters, and the ethics and compliance program.
    • Representative responsibilities included:
      • Chapter 11 Reorganization efforts
      • SEC and U.S. Attorney Investigations
      • Litigation against former parent, auditor, and insurer
      • Sale of significant business lines
      • Resolution of environmental liabilities and regulatory investigations
      • Creation and implementation of Compliance and Integrity Line program
      • Preservation of estate claims and filing of preference actions
  • Associate, Davis Polk & Wardwell (1991–1995)
    • Principal areas of practice included professional liability, antitrust, securities and financial institutions litigation, and white-collar defense

Representative Matters

  • Conducting internal investigations of Fortune 500 companies
  • Defending two of South Carolina's largest companies in securities litigation
  • Acting as Counsel to Receiver appointed by U.S. Attorney for Ponzi scheme
  • Representing technology professional services firm in 16 week trial in Columbia, SC
  • Representing software developer in 12-week trial in U.S.D.C. in Oakland, CA
  • Representing software developer in 4-week trial in U.S.D.C. in Denver, CO
  • Advising public and private companies in antitrust issues
  • Representing software developer in FTC investigation
  • Developing and providing risk management training for Big-4 consulting firm

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, magna cum laude (1990)
    • Associate Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review (1989-1990)
    • Michaelwitz Award (1988)
    • Captain of the ABA Moot Court Team
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig & Robe
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Carolina Legal Scholar
  • Bob Jones University, BA, magna cum laude (1987)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Robert F. Chapman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1990 - 1991)

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • University of South Carolina Law School – Compleat Lawyer Award (2016)
  • Midlands Housing Alliance – Humanitarian of the Year (2015)
  • Boys Scouts of America – Whitney M. Young Service Award (2014)
  • United Way of the Midlands – Volunteer of the Year (2008)
  • SC Philharmonic – Volunteer of the Year (2004–2005)  
  • South Carolina Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
    • E-Discovery Committee member/chair (2005 - 2008)
  • American Inns of Court
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Leadership South Carolina
  • Liberty Fellow
  • Best Lawyers Board of Advisors (2012-Present)
  • Midlands Housing Alliance, Board Member (2008-Present), Former Board Chair
  • The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, Board Member (2013-Present), Chair (2016-Present)
  • United Way of the Midlands, Board Member (2006-2014), Former Board Chair (2010-2011)
  • Claflin University, Board Vice-Chair (2011-Present)
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Good to Great Foundation, Board Member (2009-2012)
  • City Center Partnership, Board Member (2012-2014)
  • South Carolina Philharmonic, Past President and Former Board Member (2001-2008)
  • Central Carolina Community Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Gifts for the Homeless, Inc., Board Member & Officer, Washington, D.C. (1994-1995)
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