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Michael P. Scott


  • (T) 803.540.2157
  • (F) 803.727.1482

Mike is a former Special Agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Staff Attorney for the South Carolina Court of Appeals.  Prior to law school, Mike spent 10 years in the food and beverage industry, where he worked as a bouncer, barback, server, bartender, general manager, and regional manager for a national nightclub chain.  He came to Columbia, South Carolina for the weekend 17 years ago. 

Mike brings this diverse background and experience to Nexsen Pruet’s Employment and Labor Law team, where he focuses on anti-discrimination and retaliation training and advice and counsel.  Because Mike spent many years hiring, training, disciplining, and firing his own employees, he knows his clients are looking for a straight answer.  They appreciate that he “gets it.” 


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • University of Cincinnati, M.S., 2008
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 2000
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  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • District of South Carolina
  • Eastern District of Michigan

Mike is a frequent presenter and is often asked to train his clients and their staffs on workplace violence, background checks, drug and alcohol abuse and testing, guns in the workplace, and retaliation.

  • "Marijuana in the Workplace," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Briefing - Columbia, October 31, 2019
  • "Legal Opportunities and Challenges in Hiring in the Current Economy" Employment Law Certificate Series Webinar, April 2019 - Columbia
  • "Workplace Violence" South Carolina Hospital Association, December 2018. 
  • "Hot Topics in Cybersecurity and Employee Privacy" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, October 2017 - Myrtle Beach. 
  • "Substance Abuse in the Workplace" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, May 2017 - Myrtle Beach.
  • "Guns and the Workplace" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, February 2017 - Myrtle Beach.
  • "OSHA's New Penalty Structure and Record keeping, Retaliation and Drug Testing" Employment Law Certificate Series Webinar, October 2017 - Columbia.
  • "FLSA Update" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, September 2016 - Myrtle Beach.
  • "Top HR Challenges of 2016" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, February 2016 - Hilton Head & Myrtle Beach.
  • "Workplace Harassment" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, April 2015.
  • "Leaves..." Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, November 2014 - Hilton Head.
  • "Background Checks: New challenges and dependable techniques" Nexsen Pruet's Quarterly Breakfast Briefing, May 2013.

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