Rick Mendoza is an experienced creditors' rights and bankruptcy law attorney. He has dedicated more than 30 years to this area of practice, and is a Board Certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist in South Carolina since 1993. He served on Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Advisory Board for the State of South Carolina (1992 - 1996; 2008 - 2014; Chairman 2012 - 2015).
Rick was admitted in 2016 as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary public service association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals who are invited to join as Fellows based on a proven record of the highest standards of professionalism plus service to the profession and their communities.
Rick has long standing connections to the South Carolina community, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina College of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Chair 2015 - 2016), and the Board of Trustees for the S.C. Center for Fathers and Families (Chair 2012 - 2013).
Rick is the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” (Best Lawyers in America) for Columbia, and named to Best Lawyers in America, for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law from 2001 through the present.
•Admission as a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, 2016 - present
•Certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist, State of South Carolina 1993 - present
•Best Lawyers in America, for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 2001 - present
•Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbia, 2012 and 2016
•Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2008 - present (“Top 10” in South Carolina 2010; “Top 25” in South Carolina 2012 and 2014)
•Matthew J. Perry Civility Award, Richland County Bar Association, 2015
•William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award for the Meritorious Advancement of the Practice of Bankruptcy Law, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, 1999
•Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, South Carolina Bar Association, 1998
•Adjunct Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1995
•Legal Elite of the Midlands, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, 2012 - present
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
•Rick Mendoza Selected to Participate in Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative
February 20, 2014
•Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Elects New Chair to Board of Trustees
February 2, 2015
•Rick Mendoza Elected to The American College of Bankruptcy
October 13, 2015
•2015 Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 14, 2015
•Rick Mendoza Receives 2015 Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Civility Award
December 16, 2015
•Mr. Mendoza was a co-presenter with George B. Cauthen of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, for the seminar program Chapter 11 “Plan”ning: Drafting, Objecting, and Tools You Never Thought to Use, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association 26th Annual Seminar, April 29 - May 1, 2016, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Unsettled, or Unsettling, Law? A Review of Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Following Stern v. Marshall
•Mr. Mendoza was a co-presenter with George Scott at a South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association meeting in November, 2011.
•Mr. Mendoza, George Scott and Judge John T. Laney, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia also discussed Stern v. Marshall at a Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Seminar in November, 2011. The seminar was co-sponsored by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education.