Overview

Andrew Mathias concentrates on white-collar criminal matters and high stakes civil litigation. He has helped guide businesses—large and small—through internal investigations, investigations by government agencies, and criminal prosecutions. Andrew has also assisted individuals in the same situations. Additionally, Andrew has handled various kinds of civil litigation, including shareholder disputes, tort claims with significant damages at stake, and contract disputes with millions of dollars at risk.  

Andrew’s litigation practice has taken him up and down the east coast. He is licensed to practice in all South Carolina courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been admitted to practice pro hac vice (for the purpose of a particular case) in other courts as well, including the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of Texas, and the District of New Hampshire.  

Much of Andrew’s practice involves negotiating with private civil lawyers and government prosecutors. He also interacts with civil and criminal investigators at all levels of the justice system including, but not limited to, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, Department of Transportation (DOT), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In South Carolina, Andrew regularly interacts with the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Revenue (SCDOR), and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).    

Andrew’s trial experience spans all courts. He’s handled high-profile white-collar criminal cases in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), as well as local civil and criminal matters in South Carolina’s state courts. Andrew has represented clients in appeals in a similar range of courts, from all South Carolina appellate courts to the Supreme Court of the United States and the intermediary federal appellate courts.  

Andrew’s internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice has garnered clients in the financial industry from various states across the country. In this area, he has represented banks, Independent Advisor Representatives, Registered Investment Advisors, Broker-Dealers, and independent insurance advisors. In many instances, prosecution is avoided. But, when his clients are indicted, Andrew and the team of white-collar defense lawyers at Nexsen Pruet will aggressively handle a case through trial.

Andrew not only represents parties in litigation, but also commonly represents witnesses in criminal investigations and civil suits who are looking to comply with the law but stay out of harm’s way.

Community & Professional

  • South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, Secretary (2011-2012)
  • Legislative Advisory Committee of SC BIPEC, Past Member
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Recognitions

  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Upstate, 2018
  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation, Business/Corporate 2018
  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star" list in the area of Business Litigation, Business/Corporate 2016-2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Since 2017

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 
  • United States Supreme Court 
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What is your philosophy on client service?

My clients never want to be in the situation they’re in. Some need hand-holding, but others need firm confidence. No matter what approach the client needs, they need to know that, in the end, everything will be okay.

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