Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has expanded well beyond is Southeastern roots, venturing both west and north of its headquarters in South Carolina. The firm has focused on Baltimore in recent years and, attesting to the firm’s continued expansion in the city, a peer mentions that “Nelson Mullins is still grabbing attorneys from other firms.” In addition to its deepening bench, the firm’s reputation has grown parallel, especially in the product liability space where it remains nationally recognized for its litigation expertise.
Michael Brown is recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and among the firm’s luminaries in product liability and commercial litigation. Based in Baltimore, Brown maintains a significant reputation as a trial lawyer. He is routinely retained to represent national, market-leading companies in trial. He is currently handling a matter arising from asbestos exposure. Fellow Baltimore partner and commercial litigator Michael Blumenfeld has been engaged in several class-action lawsuits recently, particularly related to property management companies in litigation against current and former tenants alleging improper or excessive fees related to late or non-payment of rent. Last year, in such a matter, Blumenfeld obtained a favorable ruling from the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on behalf of Morgan Properties Management. The court denied the plaintiffs’ request for class certification. Another Maryland partner, Towson-based commercial litigator Michael Sturtz is defending all the defendants against alleged violations of Maryland fraudulent conveyance statutes. The actual damages the plaintiff is seeking is more than $1.5 million.
In the Southeast, the firm operates three offices in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. Raleigh-based Noah Huffstetler focuses his practice on healthcare litigation, as well as commercial and appellate-level disputes. He recently defended Wayne Memorial Hospital in litigation against a nephrologist who alleged that the client breached the settlement agreement previously reached, which included a change in the rotational policy to promote an equitable distribution of consultations. In early 2021, the parties settled the matter by improving the physician and patient referral choice policies, which included a recommendation that the medical staff repeal the consultation policy. The Columbia office houses Top 100 Trial Lawyer and nationally recognized product liability litigator David Dukes who represents nationwide, market-leading clients in complex class actions and multi-district litigation disputes.
The West Virginia office features Marc Williams who has been acting as national trial counsel for American Optical in a series of product liability matters in West Virginia and Kentucky. The lawsuit was filed by underground coal miners who allege that they have suffered lung injuries due to dust exposure that should have been prevented by the client’s respirators. He is also handling several class actions for West Virginia University Hospital and affiliated medical centers in separate lawsuits – one alleging improper billing for patient medical records and the other involving a data breach of patient information. The former matter resulted in a reversal of the trial court’s class certification by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
The firm’s western presence is solidified by Mark Clouatre who serves as the managing partner of the Denver office. His commercial litigation practice remains highly active with an ongoing matter defending United Airways in a putative class action. The matter stems from an emergency landing made by Flight 328 which was bound for Honolulu. The plane experienced an engine blowout after takeoff and scattered debris in the Denver area. Although the landing resulted in no serious injuries, a passenger filed a lawsuit against the client alleging claims of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.