Nelson Mullins is a leader in its chosen practices, industries and locations. Nelson Mullins is frequently ranked in regional and national trade publications.

Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Ranked as a Band 3 firm nationally in product liability and mass torts
  • Ranked as a Band 3 healthcare law firm in Georgia
  • Ranked as a Band 4 corporate/M&A firm in Georgia
  • Ranked as a Band 2 healthcare firm in North Carolina
  • Ranked as a Band 1 corporate/mergers & acquisitions firm in South Carolina
  • Ranked as a Band 1 corporate/M&A: banking & finance firm in South Carolina
  • Ranked as a Band 1 litigation firm in South Carolina
  • Ranked as a Band 2 environmental firm in South Carolina

US News – Best Law Firm 2016

The nationally ranked practices are

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

The Tier 1 practice areas and the cities are



Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, W.Va.

Charlotte, N.C.

Columbia, S.C.

Greenville, S.C.

Nashville, Tenn.

Raleigh, N.C.

Washington, DC

The Legal 500 USA 2015: The Client's Guide to the U.S. Legal Profession

  • Recognized for product liability and mass tort defense: automotive/transport
  • Recognized for product liability and mass tort defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices 

BTI Consulting Group

  • Named to the BTI Client Service A-Team 2015
  • Noted as a "leader in complex litigation" and a "Go-To-Provider of IP Services" in a BTI Consulting Group report, "Intellectual Property Outlook" (2014)
  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of all firms for IP litigation in the "BTI Litigation Outlook 2015"
  • Identified in a BTI Consulting Group client survey as an Honor Roll Litigation Powerhouse for intellectual property litigation (2013)
  • Ranked in the top 25 percent of bet-the-company firms

Law 360

  • Ranked as a Top 100 law firm in five practice areas, including product liability at No. 16. Other practices ranked were mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate, and insurance
  • Ranked a top 2010 Product Liability Group as a result of crucial victories in some of the nation's biggest cases. Nelson Mullins joins Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, and Bowman and Brooke LLP in the top five ranking
  • Ranked as the #2 largest product liability practice in the nation and having the second largest concentration of product liability lawyers in a law firm (2009)

AmLaw 200 - 2015

  • Ranked as the 111th largest law firm in the nation based on 2014 gross revenue

Southern Political Report 

  • Ranked as a Top 5 Government Affairs Firm and Lobbyists in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

The Best Lawyers in America

  • One hundred twelve Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough attorneys in more than 40 practices areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. Additionally, 11 attorneys have been selected "Lawyer of the Year" in their practice areas in their metropolitan areas, having received the most votes in their respective practice areas.

International Who's Who of Liability Defence Lawyers

  • Recognized David E. Dukes and James F. Rogers in the 2013 edition of the International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers for their product liability practices. In addition, Mr. Dukes is listed among the top five most highly regarded individuals in product liability defense. The two are the only South Carolina-based attorneys listed in the life sciences edition.

ALM 2014 Go-To Law Firms

  • Contracts litigation
  • Labor litigation
  • Torts litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Patent prosecution
  • Securities Law
  • Labor and Employment Law

National Law Journal NLJ 350

  • Ranked the 84th largest law firm in the U.S. based on the number of attorneys as of December 30, 2014, up from 90th in 2013