Ronald E. Cardwell: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ronald E. Cardwell

Senior Counsel
Greenville,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Legislative & Regulatory
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Manufacturing
Contact InfoTelephone: 864-282-1121
Fax: 864-477-2615
University University of Mississippi, B.A., 1969
Law SchoolUniversity of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1974
Admitted1975, Tennessee; 1977, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; 1989, South Carolina, North Carolina and United States District Court for the District of South Carolina; 1990, Supreme Court of North Carolina and United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina; 1999, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; 2005, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 2009, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Civic & Professional Memberships

•Former Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Section, South Carolina Bar
•Former Secretary, Environmental Issues Committee, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
•Former Chair, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Upstate Region


For over four decades, Ron Cardwell has been advising clients on a variety of environmental, regulatory, administrative and real estate law matters.

He has experience in toxic tort litigation at the state, federal, and appellate levels and he frequently defends clients regarding Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) issues and complex Superfund cost recovery actions.

Ron helps manufacturers, industrial clients, and landowners with a broad range of environmental challenges and setbacks directly affecting the purchase, sale, and redevelopment of real estate and site remediation issues. He regularly handles asset sale and purchase agreements, access agreements, stock purchase agreements, easements, leases, and voluntary cleanup contracts, among others.

Previously, he was Assistant Group Counsel for a Fortune 500 manufacturer, where he obtained first-hand knowledge of the issues that arise in environmental, regulatory and administrative law procedures in business. Mr. Cardwell advised on environmental statutes and regulations affecting the company, particularly those applicable to hazardous wastes and substances.

Ron is the former chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the South Carolina Bar and former secretary to the Environmental Issues Committee of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce.


Best Lawyers in America since 2007
•Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law, 2014 and 2016
•Listed in Chambers & Partners USA - Senior Statesman in Environmental Law, 2015
•Named to Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite list in 2015

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Ron Cardwell and Phil Conner Join Nexsen Pruet; Law Firm's Greenville Office Welcomes Environmental Law Veterans
July 16, 2013
Five Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to Greenville's “Legal Elite”
August 5, 2013
Nexsen Pruet Ranked Among Top Firms in the Carolinas
May 29, 2014

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December 12, 2013

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Authored the chapter covering the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, commonly referred to as CERCLA or Superfund, appearing in the 21st edition of the Environmental Law Handbook published by Government Institutes.

Authored the chapter highlighting the South Carolina Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup program appearing in the 3rd edition of Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property published by the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. (Also at Charlotte, NC Office)


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EARL e-News: EPA Releases EJ Mapping and Screening Tool
Ronald E. Cardwell, June 26, 2015
On June 10, 2015, EPA released EJScreen, an environmental justice (EJ) screening and mapping tool which replaced EJView, a previous publicly available EJ screening tool. EJScreen will provide EPA with a nationally consistent database and approach for combining environmental and demographic...

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Ronald E. Cardwell

55 E. Camperdown Way, Fourth Floor, 29601
GreenvilleSC 29603


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