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Thad H. Westbrook

Thad H. Westbrook

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
thad.westbrook@nelsonmullins.com

Thad is a founder and co-chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Actions practice, where he represents some of the largest corporations in the world. He has developed working relationships with attorneys general throughout the country to negotiate resolutions to difficult client issues, but also has a deep understanding of how to defend single-state and...

Thad is a founder and co-chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Actions practice, where he represents some of the largest corporations in the world. He has developed working relationships with attorneys general throughout the country to negotiate resolutions to difficult client issues, but also has a deep understanding of how to defend single-state and multi-state attorneys general actions and investigations. His litigation practice focuses on the areas of business and complex litigation, consumer finance litigation, class action defense, administrative law, and campaign and election law issues. He currently serves on the firm’s marketing committee, is a past chairman of the firm's recruiting committee, and is a former member of the firm’s associates committee.

Thad H. Westbrook

multi-state attorneys general actions and investigations. His litigation practice focuses on the areas of business and complex litigation, consumer finance litigation, class action defense, administrative law, and campaign and election law issues. He currently serves on the firm’s marketing committee, is a past chairman of the firm's recruiting committee, and is a former member of the firm’s associates committee.

Thad is a founder and co-chair of the firm’s State Attorneys General Actions practice, where he represents some of the largest corporations in the world. He has developed working relationships with attorneys general throughout the country to negotiate resolutions to difficult client issues, but also has a deep understanding of how to defend single-state and... multi-state attorneys general actions and investigations. His litigation practice focuses on the areas of business and complex litigation, consumer finance litigation, class action defense, administrative law, and campaign and election law issues. He currently serves on the firm’s marketing committee, is a past chairman of the firm's recruiting committee, and is a former member of the firm’s associates committee.

Experience

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  • Has represented and counseled Fortune 100 clients who are the subject of state attorneys general investigations and litigation
  • Has represented businesses that have administrative law matters before state governmental bodies
  • Experienced in handling business and complex litigation matters in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration forums
  • Has represented financial institutions in litigation, including mortgage lenders and servicers
  • Has handled various business and complex litigation disputes involving commercial issues, real property, insurance, and class action
  • Experienced in providing counsel to governmental entities regarding the management and response to data security breaches and identity theft
  • Has represented candidates and public officials in matters involving campaign and election law issues

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1999)
    • Articles Editor, South Carolina Law Review
    • Recipient of the Editor’s Award, South Carolina Law Review
    • Student Member, John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
    • Order of Wig and Robe
  • University of South Carolina, Honors College, BA, Political Science, cum laude (1996)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Banking and Finance (2015–2024), Commercial Litigation (2015–2024)
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite of the Midlands, Business Litigation (2021)
  • S.C. Supreme Court Pro Bono Honor Roll (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Liberty Fellow, Class of 2012
  • 20 Under 40 Class of Young Business Leaders in the Midlands of South Carolina, The State (2009)
  • Recipient, Firm's Edward W. Mullins Excellence in Marketing Award (2006)
  • Recipient, Beyond Pro Bono Award, Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (2001)
  • Member, Committee on Character and Fitness, South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Former Member, John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
    • Consumer Financial Services Committee
  • Former Chair (2005–2006) and Vice Chair (2003–2005), Business Law Committee for the Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association
  • Member and Former Chair, Law Related Education Committee
  • Former Chair, Professionalism Committee for the Young Lawyers Division, South Carolina Bar (2005–2006)
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, University of South Carolina (2010–present)
    • Chair (2022–present
    • Vice Chair (2020–2022)
    • Former Chair, Governance Committee
    • Former Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Liaison Committee
    • Former Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning
  • Member and Former Chair, Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board
  • Former Member, Advisory Board for the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Former Vice Chair, Board of Visitors, University of South Carolina
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Lexington Medical Center
  • Former Member, Board of Visitors, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter
  • Former Member, Dedication Committee, Lexington County Judicial Center