Marguerite Willis loves a good challenge. And no issue is too big or too small for her to handle - whether she's defending clients in complex commercial litigation or doing her part to build the next generation of women business leaders.
Tackling the Toughest Antitrust Issues
In the courtroom, she's established a reputation for delivering highly effective and highly successful litigation strategies. As the Co-Chair of Nexsen Pruet's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Practice, she leads a team of attorneys in developing proactive solutions to help clients achieve business objectives while avoiding issues with federal and state antitrust and trade regulation laws.
With a track-record that spans decades, Marguerite has been involved in some of the firm's biggest verdicts. She has served as national counsel for a number of cases, including federal and state class actions, and prosecuted major antitrust matters involving a wide range of claims, from unfair trade practices and false advertising to monopolization and vicarious corporate liability.
Clients routinely rely on Marguerite for her broad depth of experience in matters governing competition, including pricing, distribution agreements, marketing programs, competitor collaboration, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and advertising issues.
Marguerite is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers for Antitrust Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and Business Litigation. She frequently shares her knowledge in talks on a number of topics related to her practice.
Additionally, Marguerite is an American Bar Foundation fellow, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership is limited to one percent of the attorneys admitted to practice in each jurisdiction.
•Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers for Antitrust Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and Business Litigation, 2011-2014
• Legal Elite of the Midlands - Civil Litigation, 2013
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, 2016
Speaking & Writing
•Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
•14 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 16, 2013
• Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Nexsen Pruet's Marguerite Willis
June 17, 2014
• Bridging this generation gap takes time, talking
January 7, 2015
•Marguerite Willis Elected President of South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
January 26, 2015
•Columbia Attorney Works to Close Pay Gap
April 14, 2015
•Special Letter From SCWLA President Willis on the Charleston Tragedy
June 19, 2015
•20 Questions with South Carolina fellow Marguerite Willis
December 1, 2012
• Women Rainmakers: Roadmap to Success
November 21, 2014
Author, Monthly President's Letter, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, 2015:
•January, February, March, April, May, June, Special Message re: Charleston Tragedy, August, September
Interviewed for DRI Women in the Law book, Women Rainmakers: Roadmap to Success, November 2014.
Marion Crane, Benjamin Porter, and Robert Taylor, Plaintiffs, v. International Paper Company and CWC of North Carolina, Inc., Defendants
Antitrust Damages Under South Carolina Antitrust Statute
Niche Marketing: Why, How To, and Now What?
ABA Women Rainmakers Spring 2013 Program: April 24, 2013.
“The Trial of a Class Action Antitrust Case with a Jury”
14th Annual Sedona Conference on Antitrust Law and Litigation, Del Mar, California, Chaired Panel - October 25-26, 2012
“Secrets of Successful Rainmakers”
DRI Sharing Success - A Seminar for Women Lawyers; Moderator - February, 2011
“Understanding E-Discovery: Is There an App for That?”
DRI Sharing Success - A Seminar for Women Lawyers - February, 2011
Pee Dee Women in Philanthropy, Floyd Conference Center, Florence, SC on September 23, 2010
“Seeing, Believing, and Achieving”
Carolinas Hospital System - September 8, 2010
“Pre-Suit Document Preservation and Compliance in the Electronic Age: Avoiding the Pitfalls”
Litigation Counsel of America 2010 Spring Conference, Monterey, California - May 6, 2010
“Antitrust Damages Under South Carolina Law”
SC Bar CLE: Beyond the Elements II: South Carolina Damages from A to Z, September 25, 2009
“What's in Your Pocketbook?”
The Alliance for Women: Food for Thought Series, March 3, 2009
Tribute to Women and Industry
Floyd Conference Center, Florence, SC, September 14, 2009
South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
August 6, 2009
Releasing Your Leadership Potential, Update
Furman University, Greenville, SC, April 3, 2006
Class Action Practice-2006
February 2, 2006
Everything You Wanted to Know about Antitrust Laws and Managed Care, Part II
October 6, 2005
Releasing Your Leadership Potential
Furman University, Greenville, SC, April 11, 2005
Nelson Symposium, Antitrust and The Outdoor Advertising Industry
Gainesville, FL, February 11, 2005
Everything You Wanted to Know about Antitrust Laws and Managed Care
October 1, 2004
South Carolina Bar CLE: Beyond the Elements: South Carolina Damages from A to Z
May 21, 2004
Antitrust Update, In-House Counsel Ethics Seminar
, Columbia, SC, October 25, 2002
A “Do It Yourself” Guide to Class Action Practice
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry / 2002 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 4-5, 2002
State Law Preemption: A Case Study... In Progress
Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc., 2002 Legal Seminar, Washington, DC, September 23, 2002
Bid-Rigging... A “Refresher” Course
Carolinas Associated General Contractors Highway - Heavy Division, Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC, June 20-23, 2002
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Helping Women Succeed
Outside the courtroom, Marguerite brings her unique blend of ingenuity and tenacity to championing women's initiatives. She is particularly passionate about helping women develop a strong understanding of financial issues and how to leverage that knowledge to the best of their advantage.
In addition to lecturing, she is actively involved as the current President of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College, a private all-girls school in South Carolina devoted to instilling the principles of leadership.
She also led the effort to establish the Nexsen Pruet Women's Leadership Institute with the goal of developing and mentoring the firm's next generation of influential women. And she founded Women in Philanthropy, an organization dedicated to harnessing the power of women and compounding individual capabilities to make charitable contributions.
Marguerite is a South Carolina native and was born in Greenville. She currently lives with her husband, former Mayor Frank E. Willis, in Florence.