• South Carolina
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

S. Keith Hutto

T: 803.255.9575
F: 803.255.9109
Meridian, 17th Floor
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Keith Hutto is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia where he practices in the area of business litigation, including business torts, class actions, contract law, unfair competition, false advertising, franchise and distribution litigation, fraud and financial matters.


  • National trial practice in franchise and distribution law
  • Has been a trial lawyer for more than 35 years
  • Experience in the management and trial of business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States
  • Served as lead trial counsel in business litigation and multi-district matters in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
  • Experience in litigation has involved diverse businesses including the hospitality industry, real estate, restaurants and fast food establishments, automotive manufacturers and distributors, financial institutions, paint and chemical companies, and amateur and professional sports leagues
  • Lectured frequently in various forums and published articles on trial tactics, business litigation, electronic discovery, evidence, and other legal issues

Awards and Honors

Leadership Positions

  • Currently chairs the firm’s Business and Distribution Litigation Group, a team of lawyers dedicated to the management and trial of commercial disputes for local, regional and national clients
  • Past chair, DRI's Business Litigation Committee