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Helen Grant and Tommy Lavender Graduate from the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative

July 17, 2013

Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that attorneys Helen Grant and Tommy Lavender are graduates of the Spring 2013 Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Lavender and Grant are two of forty participants selected to take part in the program chosen from four sectors of the community:  corporate, governmental, non-profit and faith-based.

Helen Grant has served clients with employment and civil litigation needs, and in recent years, partnered with clients to advise them on financial and business decisions.  She focuses her efforts on Nexsen Pruet's diversity needs and goals. Her background and interest in mentoring helps the firm retain a qualified and diverse workforce.

Tommy Lavender practices in the areas of environmental, administrative, natural resources, agricultural, and governmental law. Mr. Lavender is a former environmental engineer and staff attorney for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The Diversity Leaders Initiative focuses on diversity leadership, community building, and communication and collaboration skills. It is offered to select senior-level leaders across the state, and over 400 CEOs, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, non-profit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders have graduated from the program.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.  For further information, see