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Darra James Coleman

Special Counsel

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Overview

Darra James Coleman is Special Counsel in Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia, South Carolina office, where she practices Health Care law.

Darra has more than 20 years of diverse experience serving both public and private sector clients. From May of 2012 until March of 2020, she served as Chief Advice Counsel and policy counsel for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where she managed the legal team that provides in-house legal services to 42 professional and occupational licensing boards. Darra’s practice  focused on the navigation of complicated legal issues such as scope of practice compliance, the intersection of federal and state laws, immigration, telehealth, prescribing guidelines, clinical best practices, and interstate licensure compact law, in addition to licensure and disciplinary matters. She represented the agency on various state wide initiatives relating to health care, including Governor Haley’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council, Governor McMaster’s Opioid Emergency Response Team, and the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition.

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Education

University of South Carolina, J.D., 1998

University of South Carolina, B.A., 1995

  • cum laude, with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Family Court Mediator
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • South Carolina Bar Association, member of the Law Related Education Committee
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Lexington County Bar Association, former President (2012)
  • DHEC Institutional Review Board (Lay Member)
  • Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, former SPRC Lay Member
Recognitions
  • Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite in the fields of Personal Injury (2010) and Healthcare Law (2018)
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale 
Overview

Darra is a frequent speaker on various topics, including the opioid epidemic, scopes of practice, addiction and attorneys, and the impact of criminal conviction on professional licensing.

Resolved: J. Alternative Disp. Resol. 1 (2012) The Power of the Apology: Resolving Medical Malpractice Claims in South Carolina

Taking the Pulse - A Health Care Podcast

Co-Host, Episode 3: Kathy Schwarting, Chief Executive Officer, Palmetto Care Connections, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, May 19, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 4: Richele Taylor, General Counsel & Senior VP of Advocacy & Communications, SCMA, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, June 4, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 7: Dr. Gerry Harmon, President-Elect, American Medical Association; VP of Medical Affairs, Tidelands Health, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, June 23, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 8: Bob Quinn, Executive Director, SCRA, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, June 30, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 12: Dr. Ada Stewart, President-Elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians; Physician, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, July 28, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 14: Sara Goldsby, Executive Director, DAODAS, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, August 11, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 16: Matthew Roberts and Darra Coleman, Health Care Attorneys, Nexsen Pruet, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, August 25, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 17: South Carolina Senator Shane Massey, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, September 1, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 18: Molly Spearman, South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, September 8, 2020

Co-Host, Episode 24: South Carolina State Representative Murrell Smith, Nexsen Pruet & NP Strategy, Columbia, SC, October 20, 2020

Darra can usually be found chasing her children’s favorite pursuits of the season, whether fishing, baseball, track, cello, or viola, traveling, or spending time with her extended family, then writing about their everyday experiences. Her favorite places are the beach and her family’s farm.  

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis