According to John Sowards, there are no shortcuts on the road to success. As Chairman of the Board for Nexsen Pruet, he operates with the fundamental belief that achievements require perseverance and steadfast resolve and that accomplishments only result with the right combination of determination, rigorous work, and exhaustive planning.
Putting His Philosophy into Practice
Throughout his tenure as chairman, John has poured a significant amount of energy and commitment into driving the vision and strategy of Nexsen Pruet - one of the nation’s largest multispecialty business law firms as reported by NLJ 360.
In just three years, John led Nexsen Pruet through a rapid period of growth and expansion, adding a number of new attorneys across several key practice areas. He is now serving his second three-year term and continues to keep his eye focused on strengthening the firm’s legal services in areas critical to the vitality of the business communities of North and South Carolina.
In his practice, John concentrates his attention on real estate, corporate, and finance law, representing commercial lenders, real estate developers, and closely held businesses on a variety of matters. He has extensive experience and understanding of legal issues impacting shopping center and hotel developments as well as all aspects of commercial lending, including troubled debt restructurings and workouts.
Demonstrating His Commitment to the Community
Outside the firm, John is involved in a wide range of public service and civic causes. He currently serves as a member of the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority Board and is Chairman of the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, which oversees parks, entertainment venues, youth sports, and recreation in the Lexington County, South Carolina portion of School District Five.
In 2012, he participated in the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative, where he and a team of other key community leaders created a toolkit for transforming schools. The project was inspired by the successes achieved by a failing elementary school in the Richland Lexington School District Five, and is designed to serve as a roadmap for other educational facilities to bring the same achievements to the students of their schools.
John has earned recognition for his civic efforts from a number of organizations, including being named an Outstanding High School Mentor by the Lexington-Richland School District Five and an Outstanding Board Member by the Columbia Urban League.
Legal Elite of the Midlands - Banking and Finance, 2012
Speaking & Writing
• Top 25 law firms: The new normal
April 24, 2013
•John Sowards Re-elected as Chair of Nexsen Pruet
June 25, 2013
• Slow and Steady
April 14, 2014
• Largest Law Firms: Holding Steady
April 16, 2014
•A Statement from NP Board Chairman John Sowards
June 18, 2015
•Nexsen Pruet Applauds Governor & Lawmakers on Efforts to Remove Confederate Flag from State House
June 23, 2015