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John McElwaine Named Managing Partner of
Nelson Mullins’ Charleston Office

CHARLESTON, S.C. (January 26, 2017)–John C. McElwaine has been named managing partner of the Charleston, S.C. office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.  The Charleston office of the law firm employs 34 attorneys and an additional 32 support staff.

Mr. McElwaine joined the office in 2000 and is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. In addition to intellectual property, he  focuses his practice on Internet, domain name and technology litigation, and strategic counseling. He has been active internationally since 2009 with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which coordinates the unique names and numbers of computers around the world. He currently serves as chairman of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association.

Mr. McElwaine replaces Michael T. Cole, who has served six years as the Charleston managing partner. Mr. Cole will continue his litigation practice and will remain chair of the firmwide Litigation Group and leader of a litigation team. 

Nelson Mullins established a Charleston office in 1990. Attorneys based there provide counsel in commercial litigation, product and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, corporate/securities, intellectual property, healthcare, real estate, and insurance-related issues. The office is located at Liberty Center, 151 Meeting Street.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and other professionals with offices in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. For more information on the Firm, go to

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