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John A. Sowards



According to John Sowards, there are no shortcuts on the road to success.  As a leader within Nexsen Pruet, he operates with the fundamental belief that achievements require perseverance and steadfast resolve and that accomplishments only result with the right combination of determination, rigorous work, and exhaustive planning.   

Putting His Philosophy into Practice

In his practice, John concentrates his attention on real estate, corporate, and finance law, representing commercial lenders, real estate developers, and closely held businesses on a variety of matters.  He has extensive experience and understanding of legal issues impacting shopping center and hotel developments as well as all aspects of commercial lending, including troubled debt restructurings and workouts.



University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude,1982

University of Tennessee, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975

Bar Admissions

South Carolina

Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five - Outstanding High School Mentor (2003)
  • Columbia Urban League - Outstanding Board Member Award (2004)
  • Saluda Shoals Foundation
  • Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, Commissioner (2004-present)
  • Public Employee Benefit Authority, Trustee (2012-present)
  • 2019 Order of the Palmetto
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Banking and Finance, 2012
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law, Since 2010

John's passion for the firm is equally matched by his passion for athletics.  For more than 2 decades, John has worked in various roles with the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission.  His love for the game of baseball has taken him across the U.S. as coach of youth teams as well as to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks play in 2 College World Series.

John also serves the State of South Carolina as an appointee to the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA).  He was appointed to PEBA at its creation in 2012 and currently serves as chairman of its Retirement Policy Subcommittee.

John grew up in Texas and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, for nearly 50 years and has two married sons.  With five grandchildren from those marriages, Elizabeth and John are blessed with lots of play opportunities.

Before attending law school, John was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant and served four years on active duty and ten more years in the active U.S. Army Reserve.

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"There are no shortcuts on the road to success."