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Former state Revenue chief returning to private practice

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ReamesFormer director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue, Rick Reames, announced Monday he will return to private practice as an attorney with his prior firm.

Reames will practice with Nexsen Pruet’s Tax and Economic Development teams and will be based in the firm’s headquarters in Columbia.

“We are glad to welcome Rick back to the firm,” said Leighton Lord, chairman of Nexsen Pruet. “His background, experience and skill set will help our clients navigate complex tax, business, and public policy issues.”

Prior to being named Revenue director in 2014, Reames served with Nexsen Pruet for nearly 15 years where he was a partner practicing in tax and business areas. He counseled clients on matters ranging from tax planning to economic development incentives. Reames represented parties from the health care, manufacturing and real estate industries, utilities, charitable organizations and high net-worth individuals.

As director, Reames transitioned the Revenue Department from a massive data breach that occurred prior to his appointment. He oversaw significant budget savings and increased efficiencies in nearly all agency divisions, according to a press release.

“Rick’s knowledge and client-focused approach will be a positive asset,” said Burnie Maybank, a tax attorney with Nexsen Pruet and a former director of the Department of Revenue. “We look forward to having him back on our team.”

Reames has been active in state affairs, having previously chaired the Enterprise Zone Committee, which is responsible for awarding job development tax credits to new and expanding businesses. He also served with Lord on the South Carolina Department of Commerce Coordinating Council for Economic Development, and was an ex officio member of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors.

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