Nelson Mullins in Columbia welcomes James E. Smith, Jr.

November 16, 2022

Former member of the S.C. House of Representatives, combat veteran, and experienced litigator James E. Smith, Jr. has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in its Columbia, S.C. office as a partner. Smith joins the firm from the University of S.C., where he was the special assistant to the president from 2020-2022.

Smith brings vast legal experience to the firm in commercial litigation, business litigation, civil litigation, personal injury, product liability, alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and medical malpractice.

Aside from his extensive legal practice, Smith is a veteran who served as an infantry officer in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2007-2008. He earned the Bronze Star Metal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Purple Heart during his service.

“James is a brilliant addition to the firm,” said David Dukes, a partner with the firm. “His experience and commitment add additional depth to the firm, creating great opportunities for the future.”

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