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April C. Lucas

Senior Counsel

  • (T) 803.540.2035
  • (F) 803.727.1462

Economic Development and Public Finance are second nature to April Lucas. She also practices in the areas of corporate, finance, international and public contracts.

April's career has been long and storied. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with an intensive degree in International Studies. She then earned her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C and practiced in Washington until 1981, gaining experience in maritime, transportation and other administrative law.

April assists both government entities and private companies with capital projects by coordinating legal services, particularly financing and state and local tax incentives. Over the years, she has been instrumental in cutting edge financing programs. She participated in the first asset securitization transaction in the nation involving community development block grant loans, as well as one of the first privately enhanced pooled industrial development bond programs. She also closed the first Recovery Zone Facility Bond transaction in South Carolina, and the largest New Market Tax Credit financing in the state.


  • George Washington University, J.D., 1977
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1973
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • South Carolina Economic Developers Association - Former President
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbia World Affairs Council - Board Member
  • Midlands International Trade Association - President
  • South Carolina Association of Counties
  • South Carolina Municipal Association
  • South Carolina School Board Association
  • South Carolina Cotton Museum - Board Member
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • President of the Midlands International Trade Association (MITA), Delegate on Trade Missions to Canada, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Italy and Spain
  • City of Columbia - Mayor's Economic Development Steering Committee
  • South Carolina Department of Revenue - Economic Development Incentives Committee
  • Columbia World Affairs Council - Board Member
  • South Carolina Department of Commerce Crescent Fund - Advisory Committee
  • South Carolina Cotton Museum - Board Member
  • Women's Business Development Center - Former Board Member
  • Governor's Task Force on Economic Development Incentives
  • Governor's Welfare Blue Ribbon Committee
  • South Carolina Delegation to SEUS-Japan, SEUS-Korea and SEUS-Canada
  • YWCA - TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Award and TWIN Diamond Award for Business and Industry - 2006
  • South Carolina Small and Minority Business Council - Former Board Member

April recently assisted Boeing with incentives related to expansion of its Dreamliner production facility in Charleston, S.C.

She closed a $20 million New Market Tax Credit facility for Horsehead Corporation, at the time the largest such transactions in South Carolina.

Currently, April is working on legislation which would expand the options for infrastructure financing by cities and counties in South Carolina.



State Economic Development Incentives for the Agribusiness Industry
Nexsen Pruet and the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council will host a State and Economic Development Incentives Seminar for the Agribusiness Industry on Friday, November 7th in Columbia.

Legislative Update - annually in June of each year

Financing Options for Public Infrastructure Serving Industrial/Business Parks
On June 8, April Lucas spoke on "Financing Options for Public Infrastructure Serving Industrial/Business Parks" at the Economic Development Seminar held at Nexsen Pruet's Columbia office.

Economic Development Newbie Seminar

SC Economic Development Issues Under Freedom of Information Act

Financing Techniques for Commercial Retail Projects
Nexsen Pruet attorneys April Lucas and Bob Coble were joined by Matt Kennell from City Center Partnership, Inc. to discuss financing techniques for commercial retail projects at Nexsen Pruet's economic development seminar.

Mast General Store Case Study
Nexsen Pruet attorney April Lucas and Jim Gambrell, Economic Development Director for the City of Columbia, gave this presentation discussing the details of Mast General Store's decision to come to Columbia.

Industrial Revenue Bonds in South Carolina
This brochure provides an overview of financing with industrial revenue bonds (“IDBs” or “bonds”) and presents the basic facts and concepts in simple terms.

Economic Development Tools for Municipalities

Job Development Credits, Jobs Tax Credits and Other Enterprise Zone Benefits - 2010
This brochure highlights the principal benefits available to qualifying South Carolina businesses under the South Carolina Enterprise Zone Act, as modified by the Economic Development Industrial Cluster Act of 1996 and the Rural Development Act of 1996 (as so modified, and as amended, the “EZA”).

Negotiated Fees In Lieu of Taxes and Special Source Revenue Bonds/Credits in South Carolina – 2010
This brochure outlines the basic structure of the negotiated Fee in Lieu of Taxes ("FILOT") and Special Source Revenue Bond/Credit programs in South Carolina, each of which relates to property taxes for qualifying businesses.

Trade Allies Directory
The new edition of Southern Business & Development magazine features the "1st Annual Trade Allies Directory." Nexsen Pruet is the only law firm listed in both North and South Carolina. What's more, Sanford Holshouser, the firm Nexsen Pruet joined forces with in January, also made the list in North Carolina.

Getting Started: Practical Tips for Establishing or Expanding Business in the USA
Nexsen Pruet attorney April Lucas authors an article entitled "Getting Started: Practical Tips for Establishing or Expanding Business in the USA."

Top 10 Law Firms that Understand Economic Development
Nexsen Pruet is named among the top law firms in the Southeast for economic development - and is the only law firm listed in South Carolina.

April and her family regularly host/mentor international students and business people visiting Columbia or studying English at USC.  To date, she has "sons" or "daughters" from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Croatia. 

A great side benefit is that she now has wonderful recipes from around the world.

April Lucas main bio photoApril Lucas outside NP photo

"Never leave your thinking cap at home."