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Nexsen Pruet Names New Members for 2018:

Jimmy Byars and Jim Rourke of Columbia Elected as Members

January 4, 2018


Nexsen Pruet announces Jimmy Byars and Jim Rourke of the firm’s Columbia office are Members (partners) effective January 1, 2018. Byars works with the employment practice group and Rourke practices in the areas of state and local tax and employee benefits.

“Our new members this year highlight the growth Nexsen Pruet continuously strives to nurture in our Associates. Both Byars and Rourke started their legal careers at Nexsen Pruet, and their dedication, hard work and commitment to learning from other attorneys led to their continued success. We are proud to name them as Members of our firm,” said Peter Santos, managing member for professionals.

Byars is an employment litigator with a focus on information security and restrictive covenant issues, including trade secret litigation, non-compete drafting and enforcement advice, and development of related employment policies.  He also advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, including employment discrimination claims, wage payment issues, workplace investigations, and federal and state employment law compliance.  

Rourke practices in state and local tax and employee benefits. In employee benefits, he handles matters related to employer-sponsored retirement and welfare benefit plans, including pension, profit sharing, and 401(k) plans, as well as health, accident, disability, Section 125, flexible spending, and other welfare plans. In his state and local tax practice, he handles tax controversies in corporate and individual income tax, sales and use tax, and property tax. Rourke also routinely assists nonprofit organizations in receiving and retaining tax exempt status.

Nexsen Pruet is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, S.C., as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national and international venues.