Ric Tapp: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ric Tapp

Charleston,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Public Policy & Governmental Affairs
  • Economic Development
  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Legislative & Regulatory
  • Public Sector and Government
  • Transportation
University The Citadel, B.S., 1985; Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, M.B.A., 1990
Law SchoolThe University of South Carolina, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, South Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court


Ric Tapp practices across several otherwise diverse legal areas including: governmental relations, economic development incentives, finance, and basic commercial law.

Because of that, Ric has been fortunate to participate in many, diverse large capital projects including, among others:

•The funding of the $650 million Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston;
•The Boeing Company’s $1 billion initial site selection of and subsequent $1.2 billion expansion in North Charleston;
•Procuring the $53 million state match for a federal grant enabling the Clemson Restoration Institute’s Wind Turbine Test facility;
•Representing MeadWestvaco and the Rockefeller Group in procuring economic development incentives for a tire manufacturer’s distribution center in Berkeley County; and
•The raising of the H.L. Hunley submarine.

•S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank - Former Board Member and Corporate Secretary, 2001-2012
•Appointed by the Senate President Pro Tem to serve as Chairman of the S.C. Senate Advisory Committee on Economic Development (2009)
•Appointed by the Senate Transportation Chairman to serve on the eight-member S.C. Study Committee on Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation (2008)
•The Order of the Palmetto - Awarded for legal services performed for the benefit of South Carolina's citizens (2000)
•University of South Carolina School of Law - Compleat Lawyer Award, Gold Category (2010)
•Selected as a member of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2009
•Clemson Advancement Foundation - Former Trustee
•Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce - Former Board of Directors

Reported CasesNotable: Ric was credited by the State's Legislative Leadership for his successful role in that regard. Senator McConnell, then President Pro Tempore of the Senate, publically thanked Ric personally for his role in the Boeing transaction in a letter to the Editor of the Charleston Post & Courier. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce subsequently honored Ric (along with Senators McConnell, Leatherman, Grooms, Campbell, and the Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell) for his, leadership and commitment in advancing the economy of South Carolina by working tirelessly to negotiate the incentive package that resulted in the Boeing 787 Expansion Aircraft Assembly plant in North Charleston resulting in the single largest capital investment in South Carolina history.

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Ric Tapp

205 King Street, Suite 400
CharlestonSC 29401


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