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David Paavola received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Financial Services and Planning from Baylor University in 2002, and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012.  During law school, David served as the Editor in Chief of the South Carolina Law Review.  Prior to attending law school, he worked in the financial services industry as a commercial and agricultural loan credit analyst in upstate New York and Columbia, South Carolina, and also as an analyst at a fixed income investment management company in Indiana.

Prior to practicing at Lewis Babcock, David served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Section of the Office of the South Carolina Attorney General.  In that role, David worked to protect South Carolina consumers from unfair, deceptive, or anticompetitive trade practices through enforcement of the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act and the South Carolina Antitrust Act.  David currently represents individuals and businesses in the areas of eminent domain, financial services litigation and professional misconduct.


  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 2002
    • Financial Management Association National Honor Society
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2012
    • Editor in Chief, South Carolina Law Review Volume 63
    • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour
    • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Henry F. Floyd
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • I Know Exactly What You Mean: Recognizing the Danger of Coded Appeals to Religious Prejudice in Capital Cases, 62 S.C. L. Rev. 639 (2011).

Bar admissions and memberships

  • South Carolina, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2013
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division, Content Editor 2015-16 Bar Year
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division, Color of Justice Committee
      • Committee Co-chair, 2016-17 Bar Year
      • Co-chair Spartanburg Color of Justice Program, 2016
    • Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • South Carolina Association for Justice

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General in Consumer Protection & Antitrust Section, Office of the South Carolina Attorney General, 2015-2016
  • Attorney, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, 2012-2015

Recent Articles

  • Co-author, Key E-Discovery Considerations in Patent Litigation, Law360 (March 2014)
  • Co-author, Do “Twiqbal” Standards Apply to a State Court Complaint That Has Been Removed to Federal Court?, IADC Newsletter (September 2013)


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