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Lica Colwell



Nexsen Pruet has shown Lica how to think out of the box by example.  From the first interview, Lica heard over and over that her strong scientific background, including a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, a Master of Science in Microbiology, work in medical research, and prior practice in medical malpractice defense was an asset.  Then they gave her opportunities to use all of her knowledge and experience by bringing IP capabilities to the Charleston Office and putting her to work on litigation cases involving complex medical issues or complicated environmental matters.  Though she primarily works as a member of the Business Litigation Group, she has continued to prosecute trademark and patent applications for clients and provided support for IP issues that have arisen for clients of other practices within the firm. 

  • University of Toledo, J.D., 1998
  • Miami University, B.A. in Zoology, 1990
  • Miami University, M.S. in Microbiology, 1993
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ohio Bar (inactive)
  • Michigan Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • SC Women Lawyers Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association (former board member)



  • Represented Folly Beach property owners in front of DHEC Board for application of the Folly Beach Exception to the Beachfront Management Act with Mary Shahid.
  • With Mary Shahid, defended the right of an owner of a dock that extends into the Wappoo Creek to repair the dock along the pre-existing footprint, even though the repair resulted in the dock being wider than is currently permitted.
  • Negotiated the resolution and dismissal of an architectural copyright infringement case, avoiding months of litigation for the client.
  • Prosecuted numerous patent and trademark applications for clients of all sizes to registration.

Co-authored the cover story for September 2013 edition of South Carolina Lawyer magazine - “Climate Change, Beach Erosion and Beachfront Regulation."

Authored “Spring Fashion Season: The Time is Right for Rip-Offs and the Industry Still Awaits a Remedy,” an article on copyrights in the fashion industry featured in several publications and NP’s LightSwitch.

Co-authored the article “Climate Change, Beach Erosion and Beachfront Regulation” chosen as the cover story for South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, September 2013 issue.

Participated on a Q&A Panel to discuss FDA regulatory strategies and experience at SCBIO Annual State Conference November 14, 2013.

"I like big mutts."

"This is Beaumont, my “bordeaux boxer”  puppy, which is a french bull mastiff/boxer mix.  He was about four months old in the photo.  Now he’s a 95 pound lounge-hound.   Sweetest dog ever.

Outside of the firm, I parent one teenaged daughter and three “fur-kids” (two dogs and one cat).  I like to spend my downtime having fun with them!  We particularly love the beach and Sky Dog Family Dog Park.  I also spend a lot of time trying to improve circumstances for all children in Charleston County.  I have served on several committees for the Charleston County School District, some parent oriented and some that oversee choices made by the District.  I have been a member and officer of the Charleston County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council for six years, which advocates public policy supporting the reduction of teen pregnancies through making available medically accurate sexuality and prevention education, and have also supported this cause at the state level as a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

I am in my second term on the board for the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, which provides a home away from home for the families of children who are hospitalized.  I also serve as a volunteer guardian ad litem to represent abused and neglected children in family court proceedings in Charleston County."

Lica Colwell main bio photoLica Colwell outside NP photo

"Identify your problems but give power and energy to solutions."