• District of Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Henry M. Burwell

T: 864.373.2212
F: 864.373.2333
Poinsett Plaza, Suite 900
104 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Buzz Burwell is a senior partner of the Corporate/Securities/Tax Division and co-leader of the International Practice Group and The Defense Industry Practice Group. He has experience supporting firm practice groups including Corporate; International Law and Public Policy; Sustainable Energy, Aerospace and Defense; Immigration; and Government Contracts Law.


  • Served as lead counsel in more than 150 green field manufacturing start-ups in the U.S. and other North American countries
  • Represents multinational businesses in a variety of transnational trade, investment and commercial undertakings, establishment of entities, import and export trade controls, customs audits/actions, defense procurement, and aviation transactions in more than 20 countries
  • Serves as automotive transportation counsel to OEMs, Tier 1-3 global supply chain companies in international manufacturing environment 
  • Aviation counsel to air carriers (121/298/408), air taxis (135), FBO's and general aviation dealers, FAA Certified Repair Stations, Aircraft Modification and  Maintenance companies, Aircraft DER companies, Accessory/parts manufacturer and supply companies, airport authorities and private corporate aircraft owners/operators (91) and charter services  handling numerous domestic and international aircraft transactions and third country airline start-ups including Export Certificates of Airworthiness and related regulatory matters

Awards and Honors

  • Ben Landey Pro Bono Award from Catholic Social Services of Atlanta
  • Nelson Mullins Pro Bono Award
  • Japan American Association of South Carolina pro bono award for community service to a non-profit association

Previous Professional Experience

  • International Tax Advisor, Arthur & Young & Co. (1977 – 1978)
  • Vice President and General Counsel, Pinehurst Airlines, Inc. (1978 - 1982)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Complying with U.S. Export Controls BIS/ITAR,” South Carolina District Export Council 
  • Lectured in Germany, Canada, Austria, Japan and South Korea on matters of Foreign Direct investment and Trade Agreements
  • Lecturer for the Area Development magazine on foreign direct investment in the United States and the North American South Asian Bar Association on matters of international trade and investment

Military Service

  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Senior Advisor, International Law Division, U.S. Central Command, United States Air Force (1978 - 1995)
    • Responsible for legal sufficiency reviews of international and joint venture procurement contracts for USAF CENTCOM in Southwest Asia comprising 17 countries
    • Responsible for aircraft accident safety board legal opinions 
    • Drafted AFR 110-14 aircraft maintenance regulation