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William Harding Latham

Class action Attorney at Columbia, SC

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Class action
    Experience defending clients against class action claims in state and federal courts throughout the country, including multidistrict litigation (e.g., RICO, TCPA, “economic loss”, consumer fraud, products, data breach)

    31 years, 50 cases

  2. Litigation
    Represents major motor vehicle manufacturers and national franchisors in distribution system disputes throughout the country; Business litigation; NAD actions; arbitrations and administrative proceedings

    31 years, 300 cases

  3. Identity theft
    Data Breach quick response, investigation and mitigation team member; data breach litigation defense

  4. Insurance
    Coverage opinions; prosecute and defend insurance bad faith claims.

    31 years

  5. Mediation
    Certified Mediator (SC) Certified Arbitrator (SC)

    24 years, 50 cases

Bill Latham is an Equity Partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He is a technology savvy trial lawyer with over 23 years of experience representing clients in complex business, franchise/distribution, advertising, and consumer class action litigation throughout the country.

Bill's practice is concentrated in the following areas:

1. Class Action Defense (MDL, economic injury, RICO, unfair trade practice, TCPA,  products)

2. Dealer/Distributor/Franchise litigation with emphasis on representing automobile/truck manufacturers and franchisors

3. Complex commercial litigation

4. False Advertising Litigation (Lanham Act, NAD challenges, Injunctions)

5. Privacy law, information security, technology law and related litigation


- Experienced first chair trial lawyer,

- Peer rated AV Preeminent, the highest rating in Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating system.

-Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

-Certified Mediator and Arbitrator (SC Supreme Court Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification)

- Speaks and writes regularly on class action developments, data and technology security, and law/trial practice technology. He has published his blog since 2010.

Licensed for 30 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/27/2022
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 03/21/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Po Box 11070
Columbia, SC, 29211-1070


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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Captain
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1985 - 1989


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD Honors
  • 1992
  • University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
  • BS
  • 1985


  • SC Supreme Court Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification
  • Certified Mediator
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • Rated AV
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Five Points Rotary Club
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
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Honors and Awards

  • Certified Arbitrator
  • SC Supreme Court Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification
  • 2014
  • Certified Mediator
  • SC Supreme Court Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Scarborough Probono Award
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
  • 2002
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  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • • Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, Second Edition (South Carolina Section),
  • 2003
  • South Carolina Lawyer magazine
  • Automatic Initial Disclosures in Federal Court
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Tech Show 2014
  • Can a Tablet Replace Your Laptop?
  • 2014
  • ABA Tech Show 2014
  • Tips From Two Tech Savvy Litigators
  • 2014
  • 2011 Solo and Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting
  • Using the iPad in Litigation
  • 2013

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Columbia Class action Lawyer William Harding Latham
William Harding Latham
Class action Attorney
Columbia, SC
Licensed for 30 years