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Philip Lader

Partner Emeritus

Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
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Philip Lader, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is partner emeritus at Nelson Mullins.

Philip Lader, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is partner emeritus at Nelson Mullins.

Philip Lader, the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is partner emeritus at Nelson Mullins.


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  • Experience counseling corporate clients regarding:
    • Corporate governance and strategy
    • International and public policy matters
    • Large-scale land, real estate and recreation assets
    • Fast-growth technologies businesses' development and expansion

Previous Professional Experience

  • Member, Board of Directors, Lloyds of London (2004-2010), Songbird Estates plc (Canary Wharf) (2008-2011), Duck Creek Technologies (2007-2011), Executive Offices Group (2007-present)
  • President, GOSL Land Assets Mgmt. & Executive Vice President, GOSL (Sir James Goldsmith's US holdings, including America's then-largest privately-held landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies company and other diverse interests)
  • President, Sea Pines Company (developer/operator of award winning resort/recreation communities)
  • President, Bond University (Australia's first private university, 1991-1992)
  • President, Winthrop University (1983-1986)


  • Harvard Law School, JD (1972)
  • University of Oxford, Graduate Studies in Law (1968)


  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Paul H. Roney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1972 - 1973)
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  • Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple (British Inns of Court)
  • Honorary doctorates awarded by 14 universities & colleges
  • BritishAmerican Business Inc. Founders Award (2016)
  • Rotary International’s 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award
  • Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers & Sciences’ 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal (in recognition of contributions to trans-Atlantic relations)
  • Honorary Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford University, London Business School, and John Moores University
  • Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in Large-scale Community Development (1983)
  • Council for the Advancement & Support of Education’s National Gold Medal for “General Improvement in Programs” (1986, as president of then-Winthrop College)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Founder & Host, Renaissance Weekends (non-partisan family retreats for innovative leaders) (1981-present)
  • Vice Chairman (2010-2011) and Trustee (2001-2011), RAND Corporation
  • Trustee, British Museum (2001-2006)
  • Trustee, St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) Foundation (2001-2010)
  • Director, American Red Cross (1995-1996)
  • President, Business Executives for National Security (1989-1990)
  • John C. West Professor of Government & International Relations, The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) (2001-2006)
  • Chairman (1996-1997) and Member (1980-2000), Board of Visitors, Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy
  • Member, Board of Overseers’ Visiting Committee, Harvard Law School (2005-2011)
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Columbia University (2007-present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Yale Divinity School (2007-present)
  • Trustee, Salzburg Global Seminar (2006-present)
  • Trustee, Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Spain (2005-present)
  • Director, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (1981-1983)
  • Trustee, College of Charleston, Lander College, Francis Marion College (1989-1993)
  • Trustee, Brown University's Watson Institute for International Affairs
  • U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s (1997-2001)
  • Member, President Clinton’s Cabinet (1994-1997)
  • White House Deputy Chief of Staff & Assistant to the President (1993-1994)
  • Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management & Budget (1993)
  • Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (1994-1997)
  • Confirmed unanimously 3 times by the U.S. Senate
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