Atlanta partner Daniel S. Sanders Jr. will lead the Office of General Counsel for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP effective Jan. 1, the law firm announced today. Sanders succeeds James C. Gray Jr., who has served in the position since 2011. Sanders will maintain his active legal practice, while Gray will become director of Partner Affairs and will maintain a legal practice, primarily in insurance regulatory matters.
Gray practices in the areas of business litigation and insurance regulation. His insurance regulatory practice has included rate, rule, and form issues, disciplinary proceedings, captive insurance, and insurance company acquisition and merger.
“We are pleased to have Dan serve in the General Counsel position, in particular with his experience in managing a corporate legal department,” said Nelson Mullins Managing Partner Jim Lehman. “His general corporate business experience, coupled with his legal and risk management experience, will provide us keen insight into the legal and business challenges our clients and firm face today.”
Sanders joined Nelson Mullins in 1993 and left to join Michelin Corp.’s litigation group in 1996. Over the next two decades he served in progressive roles at Michelin, including two years in the company’s headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He also spent three years outside the legal department as vice president of Audit and Risk Management. Sanders’ last position at Michelin was serving as vice president, general counsel, secretary, and chief compliance officer. Sanders rejoined Nelson Mullins in 2018 and works in both the corporate and litigation areas of the firm.
“We are grateful for Jim’s leadership of the Office of General Counsel over the last decade,” Lehman said. “He has helped the firm navigate significant growth over this period, and his knowledge of law firm management and the issues that affect our profession has been vital to our firm and service to our clients, and we are grateful for his service.”
The General Counsel’s office includes responsibility for conflicts, ethics, and serves as the firm’s in-house legal department, providing advice and counsel to firm personnel while also handling client-related matters in a manner that is practical, collegial, and risk-oriented.