John Bruton Named to Columbia Business Monthly "Best and Brightest 35 and Under" List


Nexsen Pruet's John Bruton, an associate with the firm's real estate practice group, has been selected to Columbia Business Monthly's "Best & Brightest 35 and Under" list. 

"John is a noteworthy leader dedicated to his work and community" says Office Managing Partner Nikole Mergo . "We are thrilled he is being recognized for his professional success, achievements, and community efforts and are excited to cheer him on as he continues to grow as a lawyer and a leader."

According to Columbia Business Monthly, "Best & Brightest 35 and Under celebrates the women and men who are rising stars in the business community. Even though they have many more years in the workplace, the Best & Brightest have made an impact at their businesses and in our community. We applaud their business success and their achievements as active members of the community."

Excerpt on John Bruton

Born and raised in Columbia, I am grateful to still call the Midlands home. With all of its nice and talented people, Columbia is a great place to live. It is inspiring to be surrounded by colleagues and friends who are involved in the promotion and success of our community. For the past seven years, I have worked at the Nexsen Pruet law firm with a wonderful team of mentors, colleagues and staff members. Though just a small cog in a large machine, I have been fortunate to work on some major business, corporate and real estate transactions.

Giving back to the community is an important goal. I recently participated in the Leadership Columbia program, which was a great experience that I am proud to have been involved with. Our leadership class had the privilege of assisting Palmetto Place, which provides housing and support to youth who are at-risk for and experiencing homelessness in the Midlands.

My wife and I attend Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located in downtown Columbia. Among other activities, I enjoy playing golf and watching UofSC athletics - go Gamecocks!

What is your favorite quote?

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”   - Winston Churchill

This is my favorite quote because I find it directly relatable.

Who was your most influential mentor?

Dr. Ted DeLaney, history professor at Washington & Lee University

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

As it’s happening, don’t take for granted the UofSC football team’s 11-win seasons during 2011-2013.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 200 professionals across 8 offices providing regional capabilities with international strengths. 

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