The Fabric of our Firm and our Communities
Nexsen Pruet is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation and our lawyers are often selected among the elite in their fields. That’s part of our success, but there is more to it. Our attorneys and staff are part of the fabric of North and South Carolina and we effectively represent our clients because we understand and are committed to the communities we serve.
Consider just a few examples:
The Columbia office hosted a week-long fundraiser for the United Way of the Midlands. Activities included "Value of a Dollar Lunch", Cocktails and Conversation with some of Columbia's business leaders, "Burnie's Breakfast" and a pie throwing contest. At the end of the week, the office raised more than $30,000.
Our Charleston office is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston.
“Fore” a good cause, the Charlotte office was transformed into a 5-hole putt-putt course made entirely of canned goods and non-perishable food items. Attorneys and staff participated in the putting contest and afterwards all of the food was donated to Loaves & Fishes, a local food charity.
To send kids back to school with all of the necessary tools, our Greensboro office participates in Piedmont Cares' Annual Backpack for Kids School Supply Drive. The donations are given to a school where the children are in need of the basics and these items help to get their school year off to a good start.
In Greenville, Tim St.Clair has been asked to serve on the JDRF international Board of Directors. His involvement with JDRF began ten years ago on a bicycle at a "Ride to Cure Diabetes." He has since served on the Greenville JDRF Executive Board, as National Head Coach of the JDRF Ride program, as National Chair of the JDRF Ride program, as a member of JDRF's Development Committee, and on the JDRF IP Task Force.
Members and staff in our Myrtle Beach office provide money and gifts to support children in the local chapter of the SC Youth Advocate Program. Over the years they have sponsored more than 50 children.
During the holiday season, our Raleigh office bands together to collect and wrap gifts for deserving children and families in the Triangle. Occasionally, an elf (or two) is known to show up at these gatherings.
- Nexsen Pruet is proud to sponsor Richland School District One's Visual Literacy Program, which encourages creativity among students K-12 through five different contests across the school year: one for photography, editorial cartoons, puppetry, computer technology/videos, for book production. Intellectual Property attorney Mike Mann, who usually presents the check to the winners, says “All too often, schools inherently discourage creativity, but Richland One has this program that celebrates it. And you should see the response and what these kids can do!”
Leighton Lord serves as chair of Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer and its only state-owned electric and water utility.
Bob Coble has been honored with a $5.1 million plaza in his name along the Congaree River. It recognizes his significant role in developing the Three Rivers Greenway. Previously, Coble was the recipient of the Columbia World Affairs Council’s Global Vision Award. Coble served two terms as chair of the organization.
Billy Wilkins has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential people three times by Greenville Business Magazine.
- Tushar Chikhliker currently serves on the Board of Harvest Hope Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in South Carolina and serves as the state's primary disaster hunger relief emergency feeding organization.
And this is only a small sampling of the attorneys who give back. Whether it is leading a regional Boy Scout Council, overseeing an environmental clean up or mentoring elementary school students, Nexsen Pruet attorneys and staff are making significant contributions to their communities.
Given the caliber of the people we hire, it should not be surprising to see so many of them in leadership positions within the bar and other legal organizations. Here are just a few examples:
- Angus Macaulay is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Bar Association.
- Victoria Eslinger was honored as Advocate of the Year by the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, the first woman to receive this recognition. Eslinger was cited for providing a voice to low-income families and children.
- Tommy Lavender was honored as a Fellow by the Board of Regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Like the previous list, this is only a portion of the attorneys in our firm that give their time and talents to further the legal profession.
The community involvement and leadership in the legal profession by so many of our attorneys is a reflection of the kind of people that make up the fabric of our firm. Our core values are reflected in the dedication and support given to our attorneys to get out and make a difference in society as well as the law. That’s what we believe in and the kind of law firm we are.