JULY 7, 1946 – FEBRUARY 1, 2023
Al Pollard was a connector of people, generating opportunities for others throughout his career. In, 1974, Al joined Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard and quickly moved up the ranks as one of the most charismatic and capable attorneys in the Firm’s history.
Al’s impact on Nexsen Pruet was significant. He started the Firm’s health care practice group by himself based on great vision, instinct and personal relationships and grew it to be one of the most robust health care law practices in the Southeast. Moreover, he made sure that these important client relationships would continue after he retired from the Firm. Al also served as Chairman of the Firm for 13 years and under his leadership, the Firm began a path of growth as he pushed for the opening of the Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh offices and expansion of new practice areas including construction, bankruptcy, and economic development.
Al retired from Nexsen Pruet in 2005 but his legacy at the Firm is still very prominent as many current Nexsen Pruet attorneys were recruited by or worked closely with Al and he had a significant positive impact on their professional careers. Al was also one of the original founders of Healthy Learners which is now a statewide nonprofit that has served tens of thousands of South Carolina students suffering from medical conditions that could be a barrier to learning. His commitment to helping people allowed him to recognize the need that existed in South Carolina classrooms and to go to the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine to help create the charity that is now Healthy Learners. Al’s career was sadly cut short by health issues but his impact on Nexsen Pruet and the clients and communities that it serves continues to be felt.