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Nicole A. Scott

Special Counsel

  • (T) 843.720.1701
  • (F) 843.414.8221

I bring a broad base of government experience to matters involving real estate law and economic development. I have a strong understanding of land use and zoning issues, as well incentives to encourage economic development, and am well versed in researching, analyzing, and drafting documentation to support transactions.

With a background that includes more than 13 years in the public sector, I am particularly experienced in providing counsel to clients appearing before governmental entities, and have a proven ability to effectively analyze statutes, ordinances, case law, and factual data to achieve favorable outcomes.

My experience as lead attorney for Berkeley County Government – the governing authority for the 35th fastest growing county in the United States – has helped me serve clients in a number of projects in the region.  While working for Berkeley County, I led the effort to create an assessment district consisting of multiple developers to fund transportation infrastructure and was instrumental in creating the Nexton Improvement District; drafted ordinances and referenda for a transportation sales tax program and Sunday sales of alcohol; negotiated multiple development and fee-in-lieu of tax agreements; and supervised condemnation procedures for transportation and airport projects.  I also coordinated litigation matters with outside counsel and the Insurance Reserve Fund and prosecuted several local ordinances.


  • Seattle University, J.D., 2000

  • University of Washington, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina 
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Member, South Carolina Bar
  • Member and Council Member, Government Law Section, South Carolina Bar
  • Member, South Carolina Association of County Attorneys
  • Member, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Charleston Real Estate Women
  • Member, Charleston County Bar
  • Member, Urban Land Institute South Carolina
  • Forty Under 40, Charleston Regional Business Journal, 2010
  • Graduate, Leadership Berkeley, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce 
  • 2018 SC Bar Convention / Government Law Section – Presenter:  Economic Development: Hot Topics and Case Studies, January 19, 2018
  • SC Bar's Annual Conference - assessment districts and financing infrastructure
  • Association of County Attorney's Annual Meeting - criminal penalties in the Freedom of Information Act
  • Nexsen Pruet Realtors Continuing Education Seminar, Form-Based Codes
  • Leadership Charleston for the Metro Chamber of Commerce

Outside of the office, you’ll usually find me on the dance floor preparing for my next ballroom performance or competition.