Leighton Lord: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Leighton Lord

Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Distressed Property and Workouts
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development
  • Real Estate
University University of Delaware, B.A.A.S., 1986
Law SchoolVanderbilt University, J.D., 1989
Admitted1989, Delaware; 1994, South Carolina

Civic & Professional Memberships

•Delaware Bar
•South Carolina Bar
•Santee Cooper - Chairman
•Palmetto Economic Development Corporation - Chairman
•Palmetto Club - Board of Governors
•Heathwood Hall Episcopal School - Past Board Chairman, current Foundation Board Chairman
•Liberty fellow
•Riley Institute Diversity Fellow


Leighton Lord practices in the areas of economic development, corporate, partnership and real estate law. His legal practice has a special emphasis on economic development, real estate financing, commercial leasing and Delaware law. Leighton is the former Chairman of Nexsen Pruet and currently serves as Managing Director of the firm's communications affiliate, NP Strategy, LLC.

Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Leighton clerked for the prestigious Delaware Chancery Court before practicing corporate litigation in Wilmington, Delaware. He also served for three years as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He currently serves as Chair of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's electric and water utility.


•Ranked in Chambers & Partners USA for Real Estate Law - Leading Individual
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law (Closings, Commercial, Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Finance, Land Use, Office Buildings, Partnership and Limited Liability, Tax Certiorari, Title Matters, Transactions, Zoning) since 2009.

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Being a part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network has allowed me to connect with and learn from leaders from all over the world.

The most fun I have is doing anything with my children that they can talk me into doing or I can talk them into doing. On our last vacation, this included mountain biking, rock climbing and “tubing” down a white water creek!

Speaking & Writing

Related News

Nexsen Pruet Ranked Among Top in the Carolinas; Legal Guide Recognizes Sixteen Attorneys and Six Practice Areas
May 27, 2013
Nexsen Pruet creates communications subsidiary
April 15, 2013
Nexsen Pruet Law Firm Launches NP Strategy; Director says clients often need more than legal advice
April 15, 2013
Columbia lawyer Leighton Lord replaces Charleston's O.L. Thompson as chair of Santee Cooper
June 19, 2013
Haley, Sheheen battle over ethics as governor brings call for reform to Charleston
November 19, 2013
Nexsen Pruet Ranked Among Top Firms in the Carolinas
May 29, 2014
Santee Cooper executives paid well, but study suggests not well enough
September 22, 2014
2015 Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 14, 2015

Related Events

Legislative Update and Product Development Seminar
June 27, 2014

Related Insights

A Green Trifecta: Save Money, Create Jobs, Conserve
January 16, 2013
Lord: Landmark ash recycling program reaps major benefits for South Carolina
January 7, 2014
Stakeholder Engagement in Environmentally Sensitive Economic Development Projects
June 2, 2015

A Case for Coordinating Economic Development Planning and Energy Planning (co-author) South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, Vol. 7, Spring 2011

Panelist at Summer “Law of Solar Energy in South Carolina” seminar.

Reported CasesNotable: Led negotiations for a commercial aircraft manufacturing facility located in South Carolina.; Successfully re-zoned over 4,000 acres for a commercial gold mine.; Negotiated the Development Agreement for the largest redevelopment project in Columbia's history.

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Leighton Lord

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201


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