John Shannon NicholsPartner

Practice Areas

Appeals and Trial Support
Business Litigation
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Motorcycle Wrecks
Wrecks With Tractor Trailers
Criminal Defense
Ethics and Discipline


South Carolina Bar
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Supreme Court of the United States


Francis Marion College, B.S. Mathematics, 1978
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1985


Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
South Carolina Association for Justice President’s Council
Southern Trial Lawyers
Roscoe Pound Institute
American Association for Justice Leader’s Forum
American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers
American Bar Association Council of Appellate Staff, Education Committee
Public Justice Foundation
John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court

Offices and Awards

Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Chapter, Past President
South Carolina Board of Law Examiners Member
South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Commissioner
South Carolina Bar Professional Responsibility Committee
South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section, Past Chair
South Carolina Association for Justice, Past President
South Carolina Association for Justice, Board Member
South Carolina Association for Justice President’s Council, Past Chair
Gold Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law, 2002
Outstanding Alumnus, 2011 - 2012, Francis Marion University
2013 Lawyer of the Year, SC Lawyers Weekly
2013 Leadership in Law, SC Lawyers Weekly
Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
2015-2017 Best Lawyers in America (Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice in 2017)
2015 G. Dewey Oxner, Jr. Mentor of the Year
2016 SC Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Lawyer of the Year


Trial Handbook for South Carolina Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), co-author 1993-present
South Carolina Jurisprudence, Volumes 1-25 (SC Bar), supplemental material
Ervin’s Jury Charges (SC Bar), supplemental materials
South Carolina Law of Torts (2010-2013)
Masters in Equity and Special Referees (SC Bar)
Service of Process in South Carolina (SC Bar)

Community Involvement

Richland Public Library Foundation, Board member
University of South Carolina Coaches versus Cancer, Board member
Columbia Tip-Off Club, Secretary
Furman University Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Consortium (founding member)

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