David Dukes graduated from Wardlaw Academy in 1976. He attended Clemson and graduated with a degree in financial management. While at Clemson he served in leadership positions in the Sigma Nu Fraternity, was president of the Interfraternity Council, and was inducted into Blue Key honor society and Tiger Brotherhood. David then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and the national Moot Court team. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree cum laude in 1984.
David joined the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough law firm in Columbia and practiced in the area of civil litigation. He has tried cases throughout the United States. From 2001 to 2011 he served as Managing Partner of Nelson Mullins. When David started at Nelson Mullins in 1984, the law firm had only an office in Columbia and 42 lawyers. Today Nelson Mullins has 17 offices across the country and approximately 550 lawyers. He has been recognized as one of the best product liability defense trial lawyers in the country.
“Wardlaw Academy prepared me very well for college. I had a solid foundation in English, math and the sciences. I found my transition to college to be very smooth. In addition, I played football and basketball at Wardlaw and had a very well-rounded background as I headed to college. My three children have all graduated from Hammond School in Columbia, and I have frequently reminded them that Wardlaw Academy beat Hammond (the largest independent school in the state) in football my senior year in 1976. My education at Wardlaw in the classroom, playing athletics and through other extracurricular activities gave me the foundation that allowed me to succeed academically and professionally.”