Published Sept. 15, 2015
James Burns, Gov. Nikki Haley’s former chief of staff, has returned to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a partner.
A commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, Burns served as deputy legal counsel for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon from 2006-2008. He also was assistant force judge advocate for the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command from 2005-2006. Before that he was a prosecutor in the Trial Service Office Southeast from 2002-2005.
Burns earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his bachelor’s in political science from The Citadel.