State News

Sanford Holshouser to merge with S.C. law firm

Posted January 5, 2009 7:24 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2009 10:15 a.m. EST

— A North Carolina law firm named for two former governors is merging with a South Carolina firm that wants a location in North Carolina's capital city.

Officials said Sanford Holshouser will merge with the Columbia, S.C., firm Nexsen Pruet. The North Carolina firm was started in 1965 by the late Terry Sanford, and former Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. joined in 1997.

Nexsen Pruet chairman Leighton Lord III said the firm has offices in Greensboro and Charlotte and had been looking for a firm to join in Raleigh. Lord said his firm had worked with Sanford Holshouser when clients needed experienced North Carolina lawyers.

“We believe this puts us in an even stronger position to serve business clients in the Raleigh area and throughout North Carolina,” Lord said in a statement.

"This is a great fit,” Holshouser said in the statement. “Our strengths meld well with Nexsen Pruet's, and we are looking forward to what this new venture will bring."