Ambassador David Wilkins is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group with a special focus on U.S.- Canada interests. He proudly served as U.S. ambassador to Canada from June 2005 to January 2009, appointed by President George W. Bush.
Since returning home from Canada, Ambassador Wilkins spent six years chairing the Clemson University Board of Trustees and remains an active member of that board.
He also sits on the boards of Porter Airlines and Mattamy Homes. In 2010, then South Carolina’s Governor-elect Nikki Haley tapped Wilkins to chair her government transition team. First elected in 1980, Ambassador Wilkins served 25 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
He was elected speaker in 1994 – a position he held for 11 years until he resigned for his ambassadorship post. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto. Ambassador Wilkins is married to Susan Wilkins, and they have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
- University of South Carolina School of Law
- Clemson University
Admissions : South Carolina
- As ambassador, helped resolve issues between Canada and the United States, including the decades-old softwood lumber trade dispute
- Worked on issues such as energy, national security, the environment, trade, and travel
- Practiced law for 34 years in Greenville, South Carolina, before assuming ambassadorship and has extensive experience in civil litigation and appellate law
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