John C. McElwaine

T: 843.534.4302
F: 843.722.8700
Liberty Center, Suite 600
151 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20001
T: 202.689.2939
F: 202.689.2862

John McElwaine, managing partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Charleston office, focuses his practice in intellectual property, Internet, domain name and technology litigation, and strategic counseling. He is also based in the Firm's Washington, D.C., office.


  • Develops, advises and implements online intellectual property policing campaigns as well as brand protection measures on the Internet and within online social media networks
  • Counsels and advocates for clients on a variety of domain name and ICANN policy matters
  • In the area of litigation - has been involved with federal and state proceedings, as well as actions brought at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and arbitration under ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
  • Has experience in researching and analyzing trademark availability opinions, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, including drafting amendments and responses to examining attorneys, and trademark strategic counseling
  • Manages, maintains, and polices a variety of large corporate and educational institution’s trademark portfolios
  • Work in the area of strategic counseling involves advising technology clients on intellectual property matters, including the assignment, licensing and development of software, applications and other technology


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Small Law Departments in the Digital Age: Key Considerations for Corporate Websites," Legal Quick Hit webinar, ACC Small Law Committee (August 2016)
  • Has lectured on copyright, trademark, trade secret, Internet and technology legal issues to various organizations and for continuing legal education credit
  • Speaker at the 2014 INTA Internet Conference in San Francisco