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Tushar V. Chikhliker

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Overview

As head of Nexsen Pruet’s economic development group and a key member of the its public finance group, Tushar Chikhliker works to negotiate and implement financial transactions aimed at sparking new success, or bolstering established success, for his clients in the South Carolina communities where they choose to invest. 

Through his work in economic development, Tushar has represented a diverse group of companies, both domestic and international, in connection with numerous economic development projects throughout every region of South Carolina, including some of the largest economic development projects in the State’s history.

Tushar has represented companies across a wide array of industries including heavy and light manufacturing, pharmaceutical and life sciences, warehouse and distribution, research and development, alternative energy, and real estate development.  Tushar’s representation of his clients regularly extends to a myriad of incentive arrangements including:

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Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., History and Political Science, magna cum laude, with honors, 1999
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • S.C. Economic Developers' Association, Board of Directors, Legislative Committee Chair
  • S.C. Business & Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC), Board of Trustees
  • Committee of 100
  • Partnership Board, University of South Carolina - Department of Political Science
  • University Associates, University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Board of Trustees Member
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, Board Member
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court, Past Member
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Workshop Theatre of South Carolina, Past Board of Trustees Member
  • Columbia Opportunity Resource, Past Board Member
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2008
  • Leadership Columbia Planning Committee, Past Member
  • Leadership Columbia Alumni Association
  • Shandon Neighborhood Council, Past Member
Recognitions

In February of 2015, Law360 profiled Tushar for its "Minority Powerbrokers Q&A" series.

Tushar was recognized as a South Carolina Super Lawyer - Rising Star in Bonds and Government Finance Law for 2012. The State also recognized his professional and community involvement by selecting him as one of the newspaper's "20 Under 40" for 2011. He has served on the LeadershipNextSC Advisory Group and was a 2010 graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative, both of which have been established by the Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership at Furman University.

In 2008, Tushar graduated from the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program, is currently a member of the Leadership Columbia Alumni Association, and has served on the Leadership Columbia Planning Committee.  He also has served on the Shandon Neighborhood Council. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Workshop Theatre of South Carolina and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Opportunity Resource. 

Highlights of his career include:

  • The State newspaper's 20 Under 40 List - 2011
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
  • Leadership Columbia
  • Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative - Riley Institute
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer - Rising Star in Bonds and Government Finance Law (2012)

In November of 2014, Tushar traveled to India as part of Governor Nikki Haley's delegation of South Carolina business leaders. On January 2nd, Columbia's The State newspaper reported "Interest in Haley led to more meetings on Indian trade mission, Commerce says."

An excerpt:

The 18-member delegation of business and government officials had 90 meetings scheduled but ended up conducting about 120, S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said....

Hitt said having the private business representatives on the trip allowed the state to reach more business prospects and do a better job in selling South Carolina.

"If you went over there with all government people, you would not give them the impression of who you really were as a business state," he said. "You want a diversity of all types of people. You only get one first impression."

Overview
  • Nexsen Pruet Economic Development Seminar: NC vs. SC, Presenter: South Carolina Grants, South Carolina Property Tax Incentives, November 6, 2015
  • Realtors Seminar (2015) Presenter, Property Tax Basics and Incentives, Abandoned Building Revitalization and Retail Revitalization Acts - Nexsen Pruet, LLC
  • "Minority Powerbrokers Q&A," Law360, February 23, 2015.
  • Hard Dollars Seminar, September 6, 2013, Presenter, Program Requirements for State Grants – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • Greenwood Partnership Alliance Meeting, August 29, 2013, Blighted Big Boxes and Cast-Aside Construction: A Look at SC’s Retail Facilities and Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Acts.
  • Legislative Update Seminar, June 21, 2013, Presenter, A Comparison of South Carolina vs. North Carolina Incentives – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • State Economic Development Incentives for the Agribusiness Industry, November 2, 2012, Presenter, FILOTs and MCBPs for Agribusiness – Palmetto Agribusiness Council.
  • What You Need to Know to Help Your Company Succeed, October 17, 2012, Presenter, State and Local Incentives for Existing Industries in South Carolina – Association of Corporate Counsel, South Carolina Chapter.
  • Incentives for Real Estate Developers: Commercial, Retail, Tourism, Multi-Family, October 5, 2012, Presenter, Closed Big Box/Textile Mills Revitalization Credits and Fee-in-Lieu/Multi-County Business Parks – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • SC Clean Energy Summit, July 18, 2012, Presenter, Alternative Energy State Tax Incentives – South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance.
  • Selected Issues Regarding Spec Industrial Parks and Mega Sites, June 8, 2012, Presenter, Fee-in-Lieu and Spec Industrial Parks - Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • Newbie Seminar, December 1, 2011, Presenter, Property Tax Basics and Incentives – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • Economic Development and Legislative Update Seminar, June 24, 2011, Presenter, MCBP – Advanced Issues – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • SC Journal of International Law & Business Symposium, February 25, 2011, Presenter, A Company Perspective: Common SC Economic Development Incentives – USC School of Law.
  • SCATT Academy, February 3, 2011, Presenter, FILOTs and MCBPs – South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers, & Tax Collectors.  
  • Economic Development School, July 1, 2010, Presenter, Economic Development and Tax Update – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.
  • Project Finance: Financing the $10 Million - $15 Million Manufacturing Warehouse and Distribution Facility, April 21, 2010, Presenter, New Markets Tax Credit Financing – Nexsen Pruet, LLC.

Tushar has always valued balance in his life. In addition to putting in time at the gym, he spends most of his free time at city parks, Riverbanks Zoo, EdVenture Children’s Museum, or anywhere else he and his wife’s toddler twins might find exciting.   

Meaningful service to his community has been a hallmark of Tushar’s professional life.  He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the Board of Directors of Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Tushar also actively supports his undergraduate alma mater, the University of South Carolina, by serving on its Partnership Board for the Department of Political Science and as a University Associate.  He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Workshop Theatre of South Carolina and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR).  Tushar is also a graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program, is a member of the Leadership Columbia Alumni Association, and has served on the Leadership Columbia Committee as the Chair of its Economic Development Day subcommittee. 

Tushar has also spent significant time making his neighborhood a better place by previously serving as a member of the Shandon Neighborhood Council and the Race Director for the Shandon Turkey Trot, a neighborhood 8K that raises money for neighborhood projects.

“I am driven by the success of my clients.  My business is working with clients to develop and navigate a tailored, practical, and compelling path toward their definition of success.”