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.
Recognitions•Listed in Chambers USA - Real Estate Law Leading Individual
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent
•Best Lawyers in Americafor 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.
NotableLed 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.
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 NewsNexsen 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 Related EventsLegislative Update and Product Development Seminar
June 27, 2014 Related InsightsA Green Trifecta: Save Money, Create Jobs, Conserve
January 16, 2013
•Lord: Landmark ash recycling program reaps major benefits for South Carolina
January 7, 2014Overview
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.