James P. Rourke: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

James P. Rourke

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Compensation & Benefits
  • Tax Law
  • Federal Taxation
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • ERISA and Employee Benefits
University Harvard University, B.A., 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina, J.D., 2010; New York University, LL.M., 2011
Admitted2010, South Carolina

As an attorney in Nexsen Pruet's Tax Group, Jim focuses his practice in two distinct areas: employee benefits and state and local tax.

In the area of employee benefits, Jim handles matters related to 401(k), profit sharing, pension and other qualified retirement plan administration, as well as the administration of insurance and other fringe benefits. Jim also advises clients with respect to nonqualified plans, including deferred compensation and phantom stock plans. Most recently, Jim has helped clients navigate the extensive regulatory network created by Health Care Reform under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jim also works closely with businesses to find and take advantage of tax credits at both the state and federal level. He has experience with state infrastructure and other economic development incentives, as well as federal credits related to alternative energy and low income housing. He has assisted in the representation of Fortune 500 companies at the Administrative Law Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals, and South Carolina Supreme Court.

In addition to his primary focus, Jim has regularly advises clients in the non-profit sector, counseling tax-exempt entities in applying for, receiving, and maintaining their exempt status. Additionally, Jim routinely works with other non-profits regarding property tax exemption issues that arise in sales and acquisitions.

Jim Recognized

Law School Recognitions include:Order of the Coif, 2010
•Order of the Wig and Robe, 2009-10
•CALI Awards - Legal Writing, Veterans Rights Seminar (I) and Clinic (II)

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Here is the only time you are likely to see the movie Deliverance referenced in an attorney biography:

Jim found his way to South Carolina by way of the Chattooga River (ofDeliverancefame), where he worked as a whitewater rafting guide. These days, he prefers the tranquility of the Midlands' many blackwater rivers, where he can still be found many weekends.

In addition, Jim remains active with the Harvard Alumni Association, conducting admission interviews for prospective students and making presentations on behalf of the university.

Prior to moving to South Carolina, Jim worked in the Public Affairs department of the Boston Red Sox for five years, and was lucky enough to be with the team for their World Series championship run in 2004. Stop by and ask to see his World Series ring!

Speaking & Writing

Related InsightsSouth Carolina Supreme Court Rules on Tax Exemptions in Bodman v. South Carolina
May 8, 2013
Tax Alert: 'Medical Device Tax' Now in Effect
March 1, 2013
Exchange Notice to be Delivered to All Employees by October 1, 2013
September 18, 2013
Tax Alert: IRS Announces Further Restriction on One-IRA-Rollover-Per-Year Rule
March 31, 2014Overview

Jim stays abreast of developments that impact employee benefits and state and local taxation. He enjoys sharing what he learns by speaking and writing as often as possible.


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Wheaton College Order Changes Landscape of Contraceptive Mandate for Religious Nonprofit Organizations
Jim Rourke, July 22, 2014
Last Thursday, while many of us were preparing for the long weekend ahead, the U.S. Supreme Court was hard at work, issuing an order that may have far-reaching implications for religious nonprofit organizations.
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James P. Rourke

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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