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Nelson Mullins law firm elects new managing partner

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Staff Report
Published Jan. 10, 2012

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP elected Columbia partner James K. Lehman as the law firm’s new managing partner.

James K. Lehman
He will oversee the firm's 12 East Coast offices, which includes more than 430 attorneys and government relations professionals, and more than 500 support staff.

Lehman will maintain his practices in the areas of business litigation and investigations and environmental litigation. He replaces David E. Dukes, who is stepping down after serving as managing partner of the firm since 2001. Dukes will continue to serve on the firm's executive committee and will continue his national litigation practice.

In 2004, Lehman returned to Nelson Mullins after serving as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to Safety-Kleen Corp. He helped the corporation emerge from Chapter 11 protection.

Before first joining Nelson Mullins in 1995, Lehman worked at law firms in Washington, D.C. and New York. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Robert F. Chapman of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A member of the South Carolina Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Lehman is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of South Carolina.

In 1990, Lehman earned a juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Bob Jones University in 1987.

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