South Carolina’s deep roots in agriculture and industry date back to its founding as one of America’s original Thirteen Colonies in the late 1600s. Tommy Lavender recognizes how that history, combined with the state’s abundant natural resources, and the regulation of them, can create complex problems.
Helping businesses find solutions:
To understand how he can help executives see through the weeds, consider his background. Tommy studied Mechanical Engineering at Clemson and after law school went to work for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as an Environmental Engineer. A year and a half later, he was promoted to Assistant General Counsel of the state regulatory agency.
From there, he went on to work for a private development corporation where he worked the legal side of multifamily resort development projects -- issues such as land acquisition, permitting, zoning, and other entitlements.
He’s been in private practice now for over 30 years and is the Chair of Nexsen Pruet’s Environmental, Administrative and Regulatory Law Group. In that role, he leads and coordinates attorney teams to ensure that the firm’s business and professional clients receive high quality legal services.