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Leighton Lord

Chairman

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Overview

Leighton Lord practices in the areas of economic development, corporate, partnership and real estate law. His legal practice has a special emphasis on siting economic development projects, real estate financing, general business law, and formation and opinions on Delaware entities.  Leighton is the current Chairman of Nexsen Pruet and serves as Managing Director of the firm's communications affiliate, NP Strategy, LLC.

Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Leighton clerked for the prestigious Delaware Chancery Court before practicing corporate litigation in Wilmington, Delaware. He also served for three years as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  He currently serves as  Chair of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's electric and water utility, and serves on South Carolina's Coordinating Council for Economic Development.

Education
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1989

 

  • University of Delaware, B.A.A.S., 1986
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • Delaware
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Delaware Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Santee Cooper – Chairman
  • Palmetto Economic Development Corporation – Chairman
  • Palmetto Club – Board of Governors
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal School – Past Board Chairman, current Foundation Board Chairman
  • Liberty Fellow
  • Riley Institute Diversity Fellow
  • Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • Baruch Foundation - Board of Directors
  • Achieve Columbia - Board of Directors
Recognitions

  

  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Real Estate
  • Ranked in Chambers & Partners USA for Real Estate Law - "Leading Individual" 
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law (Closings, Commercial, Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Finance, Land Use, Office Buildings, Partnership and Limited Liability, Tax Certiorari, Title Matters, Transactions, Zoning) since 2009.
  • Led legal team that sited a bottled water production facility for an international producer
  • Led negotiations for a commercial aircraft manufacturing facility located in South Carolina. 
  • Successfully re-zoned over 4,000 acres for a commercial gold mine. 
  • Negotiated the Development Agreement for the largest redevelopment project in Columbia’s history.
Overview

Stakeholder Engagement In Environmentally Sensitive Economic Development Projects (co-author) South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 66, Spring 2015

A Case for Coordinating Economic Development Planning and Energy Planning (co-author) South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, Vol. 7, Spring 2011

Panelist at Summer “Law of Solar Energy in South Carolina” seminar.

"Being a part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network has allowed me to connect with and learn from leaders from all over the world.  

The most fun I have is doing anything with my children that they can talk me into doing or I can talk them into doing.  On our last vacation, this included mountain biking, rock climbing and “tubing” down a white water creek!"

Leighton Lord main bio photoLeighton Lord outside NP photo

"My goal with every client and every project is to find the best path to success and then stay on that path until success is achieved.  I pride myself on being a highly organized problem solver."