In 2013, Nick Nicholson was elected Managing Director of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. He combines his responsibilities leading the Firm’s Management Committee with his work in the areas of public procurement, local government law, and construction law.
He has advised public authorities throughout South Carolina on procurement issues including:
- drafting and providing counsel and training concerning procurement policies and ordinances;
- preparing bids, requests for proposals, and other solicitation documents;
- drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contract documents; and
- advising on contract awards and representing clients in protests.
Mr. Nicholson also counsels local governments and governmental agencies with respect to Freedom of Information Act issues, construction and general contract matters, constitutional issues, governance issues, construction bonding issues, and general liability matters.
He has represented public bodies in more than 40 lawsuits, which have variously involved constitutional claims, challenges to the award of contracts, construction claims, condemnation claims, tort claims, and property tax protests.
Mr. Nicholson advises owners and contractors on contractual issues and represents them in construction-related actions in state court, mediation and arbitration in cases involving issues arising out of changes in the scope of work, delays, scheduling, and construction and design defects.
Mr. Nicholson has argued multiple appeals before the SC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals concerning procurement ordinances and procurement activities.
He has negotiated design-build, EPC, and CM at-Risk contracts collectively totaling over $1,000,000,000 for a wide array of projects including bio-mass boiler, water treatment plants, roads, multi-phase public/private development projects, hospitals, medical office buildings, multi-family housing, and manufacturing facilities.
Mr. Nicholson has negotiated the settlement in pre-suit mediation of a variety of disputes involving large construction projects.
He is a frequent speaker on procurement law, FOIA, and construction matters and has presented at SC Bar annual meetings, SC Construction Bar seminars, SC Government Law Bar seminars, Association of Counties meetings, and other events.
Court Admissions — U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996