J. David Hawkins: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

J. David Hawkins

Charleston,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Truck Accident Defense
  • Securities
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • Distressed Property and Workouts
  • International Law and Services
  • Tax Law
University College of Charleston
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina, J.D., 1969; New York University, LL.M., 1974
Admitted1969, South Carolina

Civic & Professional MembershipsCharleston Symphony Orchestra - Former President
•Spoleto Festival USA - Board of Directors, Former Member
•South Carolina Bar
•Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit


David practices primarily in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and taxation, including tax controversies. He assists clients in structuring joint ventures and advises major developers on real estate tax issues. He has acted as lead counsel to offshore companies locating operations in South Carolina and acted as special tax counsel in other economic development projects.

David has significant experience in off-shore transactions, including taxation and finance. He has assisted U.S. clients in the structuring and oversight of foreign investments. Since 2009, he has been actively involved in loan restructuring, work-outs and assisting clients with capitalization problems. David's special interest is succession planning for family businesses.

David previously served as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and leader of the corporate practice group.

He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina and received an L.L.M. degree in taxation from New York University. He also served in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.


Best Lawyers in America - Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law since 2005


David previously served as the firm's Chief Executive Officer and leader of the corporate practice group.

Outside Nexsen Pruet

David's career includes both the private practice of law and nine years in private investments.


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J. David Hawkins

205 King Street, Suite 400
CharlestonSC 29401


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