Lawrence Melton: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Lawrence Melton

Special Counsel
Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Administrative and Regulatory
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Disputes
  • Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • Litigation
University Tulane University, B.A., 1970; University of London, M Phil., 1973
Law SchoolWashington & Lee University, J.D., 1976
Admitted1976, Virginia; 1978, District of Columbia; 1997, South Carolina

Lawrence C. Melton practices primarily in the construction law group. Mr. Melton is also teaching a class in Construction Law and Litigation at the University of South Carolina Law School.

Since 1977 Mr. Melton has been involved in general civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and defense procurement.

Mr. Melton's litigation experience has exposed him to a wide variety of projects and technical fields, including, tunnels, dams, sewerage treatment plants, satellites, cruise missiles, geotechnical engineering, aerospace safety and HVAC design and installation. Mr. Melton has also served as Ombudsman for the Army and the Air Force.

Mr. Melton came to Nexsen Pruet from Washington, DC, where he practiced for 20 years. He has presented seminars to the United States Department of Transportation and the SBA. He has also lectured on Insurance Law, Recovery against Design Professionals and conducted an Advanced Claims Seminar.

He attended Washington and Lee University School of Law where he was a Note and Comment Editor for the law review.

Mr. Melton is the author of South Carolina Construction Law, a 650-page book available from HLK Global Communications in Vienna, Virginia, in addition to numerous articles and chapters in other books.

Career Highlights

· University of South Carolina - Adjunct Professor of Law, Construction Law and Litigation

· Former law clerk to Chief Justice Lawrence W. I'Anson of the Virginia Supreme Court

· American Bar Association - Litigation and Public Contract Sections

· Ombudsman for the Army and the Air Force

· Co-Chair, ABA Forum in the Construction Industry - Committee on Professional Education


"Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases, Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms"
Attorneys Lawrence Melton and Tracy Vann co-authored an article for South Carolina Construction News magazine entitled, "Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases; Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms."

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.

New Attorneys in Three South Carolina Offices
Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLC grows across South Carolina.


Negotiating Construction Equipment Leases; Getting Beyond the Battle of the Forms
Construction and litigation attorney Lawrence Melton discusses how to better understand and negotiate construction equipment leases in the April edition of the Nexsen Pruet Construction Law newsletter.

Beyond His Power to Build It: Who Is to Blame for the Overbudget Project?

Common Sense About Home Office Overhead - Part I

Common Sense About Home Office Overhead - Part II

Pass Through Claims and the Severin Doctrine


Construction Law Breakfast Briefing - Advanced Lien & Bond Law: What You Need to Know When it Matters

Nexsen Pruet 2008 Construction Industry Shoot

Civic & Professional Memberships

· American Bar Association

· South Carolina Bar

· The District of Columbia Bar

· Virginia State Bar


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Lawrence Melton

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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