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S. Keith Hutto

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
keith.hutto@nelsonmullins.com

Keith Hutto is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where he practices in the area of business litigation, including business torts, class actions, contract law, unfair competition, false advertising, franchise and distribution litigation, fraud and financial matters.

Keith Hutto is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where he practices in the area of business litigation, including business torts, class actions, contract law, unfair competition, false advertising, franchise and distribution litigation, fraud and financial matters.

Keith Hutto is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where he practices in the area of business litigation, including business torts, class actions, contract law, unfair competition, false advertising, franchise and distribution litigation, fraud and financial matters.

Experience

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Experience

  • National trial practice in franchise and distribution law
  • Has been a trial lawyer for more than 35 years
  • Experience in the management and trial of business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States
  • Served as lead trial counsel in business litigation and multi-district matters in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
  • Experience in litigation has involved diverse businesses including the hospitality industry, real estate, restaurants and fast food establishments, automotive manufacturers and distributors, financial institutions, paint and chemical companies, and amateur and professional sports leagues
  • Has lectured frequently in various forums and published articles on trial tactics, business litigation, electronic discovery, evidence, and other legal issues

Educational Activities

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Phi Delta Phi

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1982)
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • National Moot Court Team
  • Clemson University, BS, Microbiology, cum laude (1979)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • South Carolina Bar and past chair of its Professionalism Committee
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section; Forum on Franchising
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • American Law Firm Association, steering committee of the Business Litigation Section
  • American Cancer Society-South Carolina Division (past chair)
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (vice chair)
  • Columbia City Ballet
  • South Carolina Commission for the Arts
  • Currently chairs the firm’s Business and Distribution Litigation Group, a team of lawyers dedicated to the management and trial of commercial disputes for local, regional and national clients
  • Past chair, DRI's Business Litigation Committee
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