Nelson Mullins to merge with Florida-based Broad and Cassel

Pictured from left to right: Tim Madden, Dick Riley and David Wilkins, co-founders of the Nelson Mullins office in Greenville. Photo by Will Crooks.

Columbia-based law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, which has an office in Greenville, is merging with Broad and Cassel, a Florida-based law firm.

The merger, which is set to take effect Aug. 1, will produce a “super-regional” law firm with a significant presence along the Eastern seaboard, according to a news release.

The new firm, which will be known as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel in Florida, will have 725 lawyers operating in 25 offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C., the release said. It is expected to have a combined revenue of more than $500 million.

Jim Lehman will continue to serve as the managing partner of the combined firm, with David Brown becoming a voting member of the firm’s executive committee.

“Our goal is always to provide comprehensive solutions to our clients, and this combination will benefit clients of both firms with added capabilities, enhanced practices and a broader geographical reach,” Lehman said in a statement.

Lehman said the combined firm would “have leading national practice groups in corporate and litigation in areas such as real estate, health care, pharmaceuticals, and the automobile industry.” In addition, specialty practice areas will include white collar, trusts and estates, public finance, construction, and affordable housing tax credits.

Founded in 1897, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is one of the oldest law firms in South Carolina. The firm currently employs more than 575 lawyers in 11 offices along the Eastern seaboard. It opened its Greenville office in 1987.

Broad and Cassel currently has 150 attorneys in 10 offices across the state of Florida, according to the release. It was founded in 1946.

“As Florida has grown over the past several decades to become the third largest state in the country, Broad and Cassel has grown with it to serve our clients,” said Chairman C. David Brown II in a statement.

“Many of our clients seek regional and national legal counsel outside Florida so this combination with Nelson Mullins positions us to offer them expanded services geographically and through additional practice areas.  By joining together with Nelson Mullins – a firm that shares our culture, values, and vision – we will be able to address client needs into the future,” he added.

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