D. Gregory Greg Placone is a determined litigator who practices as part of the business and commercial litigation group. Greg regularly assists clients with complex corporate and antitrust matters.
In addition to his work on behalf of the firm's clients, Greg practices pro bono as part of the Appellate Division of the Commission on Indigent Defense and the South Carolina Court of Appeals Appellate Practice Project, providing him with deep appellate training and first-hand appellate advocacy experience in front of the state's Court of Appeals.
Greg's experiences prior to joining Nexsen Pruet provides him with the robust foundation necessary to handle to the dynamic needs of his clients. As a specially admitted student-lawyer in Texas, Greg spent countless hours in the courtroom, which included first-chairing a criminal jury trial, while serving as a prosecutor in Houston. During law school, Greg developed the skills necessary to excel as a litigator and appellate attorney as he held judicial clerkship positions in both the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.
While Greg is a native of South Carolina, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh's Honors College. However, he gained a truly international perspective as part of the Semester at Sea Program through the Institute of Shipboard Education where studied in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil and Venezuela. Greg earned his law degree from Tulane University School of Law, where he was President of the Business Law Society and was a Senior Justice on the school's Moot Court Board. Greg honed his developing courtroom skills as a member of Tulane's top Mock Trial Teams, including the ABA National Trial Competition and as a coach of the Ruby Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition in Delaware. Greg studied Admiralty and Oil and Gas law at Tulane, and graduated with a Certificate from the school's internationally recognized Maritime Law Center.
•CALI Award for Excellence: Advanced Oil and Gas Law
•Tulane Pro Bono Award
Outside Nexsen Pruet
When not at work, Greg can be found with a fly rod in his hands, searching for fish willing to eat a fly. Growing up in the Upstate of South Carolina, Greg spent a considerable amount of time learning to fly fish at the nearby Davidson River, where those famously guileful fish taught him lessons he is still trying to understand. Never afraid of a good challenge, his time spent in the waters of the Smokey Mountains inspired Greg to fish the globe. Greg has since eagerly pursued tailing saltwater fish in the Louisiana Bayou, all over the Florida Gulf Coast, and even to beautiful and remote locales like Los Roques, Venezuela, Pelican Bay, Bahamas, and the Mayan Riviera. Greg has chased his beloved trout as far away as the Patagonia in Argentina, and regularly fishes the Southeast's gorgeous rivers in Western North Carolina and Tennessee. However, Greg is most passionate about his local waters in Columbia, and you can often find him happily sharing stories about his time on the Lower Saluda River. Greg cares deeply about river conservation efforts and serves as a board member in the Saluda River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, where he is an officer.
Despite his passion for fly fishing, Greg is probably best known for his talents as a barbeque pit master. Greg takes great pride in the quality of his 'que, and he is always willing to share.