John Sowards is chairman of the board for Nexsen Pruet. In this leadership position Mr. Sowards is responsible for shaping the firm's vision and strategy.
His practice is focused on the areas of real estate, corporate and finance law.
He represents commercial lenders, real estate developers and closely held businesses on a variety of matters. His practice includes extensive experience with all aspects of shopping center and hotel development, as well as all aspects of commercial lending including troubled debt restructuring and workouts. His corporate practice consists of general representation of businesses on all matters related thereto including finance, acquisitions, mergers, employment, contracts and business negotiations.
Mr. Sowards grew up in Texas, received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was commissioned as a 2Lt in the US Army 1975 and served 4 years on active duty before heading to law school. He is active in his community and served as a leader in a Boy Scout troop for nearly 12 years and as a youth sports coach for nearly 14 years.
Mr. Sowards has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than 35 years and has two grown sons.
· 4 years active duty
· 10 years active reservist
· "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Banking and Finance, 2012
77 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce that 77 attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
John Sowards Re-elected as Chair of Nexsen Pruet
Nexsen Pruet attorney John Sowards will serve another three-year term as Chairman of the Board.
"Top 25 law firms: The new normal"
The April 15th edition of North Carolina's Lawyers Weekly featured the publication's annual look at the state's "Top 25 law firm."
16 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Listed in "Legal Elite of the Midlands" for 2012
Sixteen Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been listed in Columbia Business Monthly's 2012 "Legal Elite of the Midlands."
Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named to the Best Lawyers in America® list for 2013.
Nexsen Pruet Ranked as 2nd Largest Firm in S.C. & 19th in N.C.
Recent editions of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly featured reports on the largest law firms in the Carolinas. Nexsen Pruet came in as the second largest firm in the Palmetto State and the 19th largest firm in the Tarheel State.
62 Attorneys Named to the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 62 of its attorneys have been named to the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers®.
"20 Largest Law Firms: Past year a mixed bag for biggest law firms"
Nexsen Pruet Board Chairman, John Sowards, share insight with South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
"Large firm leaders say 2010 wasn't so awful after all"
Nexsen Pruet board chairman John Sowards speaks to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about the new economic reality has emerged.
Fifty-nine Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®; Five Practice Areas Listed Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®.
"Lawyer count at South Carolina's biggest firms falls again"
Nexsen Pruet Board Chairman John Sowards tells South Carolina Lawyers Weekly that hiring is "focused on need" in an article entitled "Lawyer count at South Carolina's biggest firms falls again."
"Lawyers lead Columbia firms in changed times"
Nexsen Pruet board chairman John Sowards talks to The State newspaper about how the recession is changing the legal industry in an article entitled "Lawyers lead Columbia firms in changed times."
John Sowards Elected Board Chairman
Nexsen Pruet attorneys have elected John Sowards as the law firm's Chairman of the Board.
Nexsen Pruet Earns Designation as 'Midlands Green Business'
Nexsen Pruet has earned designation as a Midlands Green Business, joining other Columbia-area organizations that are committed to environmentally responsible practices in the workplace.
Fifty-eight Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®
Fifty-eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys will be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Nexsen Pruet Creates Distressed Property and Workout Practice Group
The new group will provide clients with resources, skills and experience to help navigate issues that emerge during periods of economic and financial uncertainty.
Civic & Professional Memberships
· Lexington-Richland School District Five - Outstanding High School Mentor (2003)
· Columbia Urban League - Outstanding Board Member Award (2004)
· Saluda Shoals Foundation
· Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, Commissioner (2004-present)