• South Carolina
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Specialist in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law

George B. Cauthen

T: 803.255.9425
F: 803.256.7500
Meridian, 17th Floor
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

George Cauthen is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where he heads the Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Team and practices in the area of creditor bankruptcy law. Mr. Cauthen is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Florida Bar, and he is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Additionally, he is a Certified Specialist in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law awarded by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.


  • Experience in representing creditors in bankruptcy and has appeared before the courts of Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin
  • Experience as counsel for Unsecured Creditors Committees
  • Consultant for bankruptcy courts in New York and Puerto Rico
  • Served as a bankruptcy consultant in the Slovak Republic, Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Armenia, and Bulgaria 

Representative Cases

The following is a selected sampling of recent cases and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter:

  • Served as expert witness in bankruptcy malpractice cases
  • Represented creditor-claimant in a matter in which the court held that creditor was barred from objecting to creditor's claim under doctrine of res judicata, claim preclusion, collateral estoppel, equitable estoppel and waiver
  • Represented a power company in a case in which the court held that the debtor could not avoid the post-petition contract with power company, and that the power company was allowed a multimillion dollar administrative claim 

Leadership Positions

  • Chairman, S.C. Death Penalty Resource Center (1988-89)
  • Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification (1994-2001)
  • Board of Directors, Turnaround Management Association, Carolina Chapter (1995-2005)
  • General Counsel, Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity (2005-2011)
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Legal Services (2008-current)
  • Chair, Pro Bono Committee, American College of Bankruptcy (2003-2007)

Previous Professional Experience

  • U.S. Navy, Deck Gunnery and Legal Officer (1970-74)
  • Clerk of Court, U. S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina (1982-1989)