Nelson Mullins announced today that NAFUSA President Bart Daniel, the former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina (1989-1992), has joined the firm as a litigation partner. He will split his time between the Firm’s Charleston and Columbia offices.
Most recently, Daniel was the lead attorney in a securities fraud trial in the court of Judge Margaret Seymour, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Defending Revolutions Medical Corporation (RMC) CEO Rondald Wheet, who faced a maximum sentence of 80 years imprisonment if convicted, Mr. Daniel secured a unanimous jury verdict of not guilty on all three counts of securities fraud and false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“Bart is a superb litigator with great judgment and extensive trial and investigative experience,” said James K. Lehman, Managing Partner of Nelson Mullins. “He is a great addition to the firm and brings significant leadership skills to the group. Most importantly, Bart is a well-respected leader in the legal community, a good person, and someone we will be pleased to call partner.”
Daniel, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, was confirmed in 1989 and served as U.S. Attorney until 1992. He was presented with the U.S. Attorney’s Flag Award in 1991 for his work in the prosecution of Operation Lost Trust, one of the country’s most high-profile corruption cases.
“First and foremost, Nelson Mullins is a first-tier firm,” said Daniel. “They have a quality team in South Carolina and across all of their offices. Those resources and superior team members will help me offer clients and potential clients the best possible representation.”
Since returning to private practice in 1992, Daniel has been active in both civil and criminal litigation, trying numerous white collar, health care, environmental, securities, and general business litigation matters to verdict in South Carolina. He has served as Special Counsel to the Governor, conducting an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government.
He also served as Lead Counsel for the South Carolina House of Representatives before a Three-Judge Federal Panel in the trial involving reapportionment and the drawing of district lines.
Bart will be joining the firm’s litigation group comprised of over 283 attorneys across 17 offices and will co-lead the Firm’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group. “Bart brings so much to the Firm,” said Mark Jones, leader of the Firm’s litigation group. “He is not only a first-chair trial lawyer with a proven track record of winning different types of complicated, high-stakes cases, he is a bastion of the Bar in Charleston and throughout South Carolina and a strong community leader. His presence will certainly enhance what our group can offer clients and be a great influence on the entire firm.”
Most recently, Daniel was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Government Relations Practice in South Carolina. A graduate of The Citadel (B.A., 1977) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1980), Daniel is a frequent lecturer and has authored numerous publications on the False Claims Act and white collar crime. His most recent publication, “Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences”, Second Edition published in 2011, deals with the recently enacted changes in health care enforcement and the False Claims Act, brought about by changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 525 attorneys and other professionals with offices in California, 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 www.nelsonmullins.com.