‘Best Lawyers’ selects 17 Nelson Mullins attorneys for 2020 ‘Lawyer of the Year’

The Best Lawyers in America® has selected 17 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP attorneys for 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective cities. Each of the attorneys received the most votes from among their peers in their practice areas to earn the recognition.

Top row: B. Rush Smith III, Daniel J. Fritze, Daniel J. Westbrook, Frank B. B. Knowlton, George B. Wolfe. 2nd row: James C. Gray, Jr., Mark C. Dukes, Thomas A. Brumgardt, Charles S. Verdin IV, Timothy E. Madden

The “Lawyers of the Year” are:

In Charlotte, N.C.:

  • David Neal Allen – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

In Columbia, S.C.:

  • Rush Smith III – Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Daniel J. Fritze – Corporate Law
  • Daniel J. Westbrook – Healthcare Law
  • Frank B. B. Knowlton – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • George B. Wolfe – Economic Development Law
  • James C. Gray, Jr. – Insurance Law
  • Mark C. Dukes – Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Thomas A. Brumgardt – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:

  • Lester J. Perling – Healthcare Law

In Greenville, S.C.:

  • Charles S. Verdin IV – Trusts and Estates
  • Timothy E. Madden – Family Law

In Huntington, W.V.:

  • Marc E. Williams – Bet-the-Company Litigation

In Orlando, Fla.:

  • Wayne Rich – Land-Use and Zoning Law
  • David Brown II – Government Relations Practice

In Raleigh, N.C.:

  • Patricia A. Markus – Healthcare Law

In Tallahassee, Fla.:

  • Douglas L. Rillstone – Land Use and Zoning Law


According to the organization, inclusion in “Best Lawyers” is based on confidential evaluations by and interviews of leading attorneys about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.


Nelson Mullins

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 800 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, DC. The firm does business in Florida as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.