BBJ: How Nelson Mullins’ Baltimore office has nearly doubled in size in three years

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By Holden Wilen
July 7, 2021

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is on the prowl for talent as the firm continues to grow its Baltimore office three years after entering the market with a bang.

The Columbia, S.C.-based firm shook up the local law scene when it debuted in 2018 with 22 attorneys from Miles & Stockbridge, one of Baltimore’s biggest and oldest firms. Since then, Nelson Mullins has continued to grow. The firm has almost doubled in size locally, adding 15 attorneys and growing to 37 in total, according to Timothy Hodge, managing partner of the Baltimore office.

This year alone, the firm has added 12 lawyers. A six-person group whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical, medical device and catastrophic personal injury defense joined Nelson Mullins from Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann LLP. Three more attorneys from Miles & Stockbridge also joined. The other three attorneys came from DLA Piper, Venable and Royston Mueller McLean & Reid.

And Nelson Mullins isn’t done yet. Hodge said the firm is currently looking to fill two litigation associate positions and a real estate association position. A couple of summer associates from last year will also join the firm full-time this fall, bringing the office to 42 attorneys.

Hodge said Nelson Mullins’ growth is being driven by the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire by lawyers to want to work for a firm ranked among the American Lawyer 100.

Like other law firms, Hodge said Nelson Mullins saw business come to almost a complete halt last March as courts closed and clients stopped trying to do deals. However, the firm’s employment and corporate lawyers stayed busy because clients needed help managing through the situation.

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Source: Baltimore Business Journal