Trey Gowdy to take new job with Columbia firm

Former federal prosecutor and Congressman from South Carolina Trey Gowdy has a new gig.

Gowdy has joined the Columbia law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, according to a news release.

The former Upstate Congressman is notable nationally for chairing the U.S. House Select Committee into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi from 2014 to 2016. That investigation led to the discovery of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Gowdy previously worked at the firm in 1994 before leaving to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the release. Gowdy joins the firm’s white collar defense and government investigations team and will focus on internal and government investigations and corporate compliance.

He will work primarily from the Greenville and Washington, D.C. offices, the release said.

“Trey’s ability to reach across the aisle and relate to individuals in all areas will benefit him greatly as he builds his practice,” James K. Lehman, managing partner of Nelson Mullins, said in the release. “Trey is a well-respected leader in the legal community, a consensus builder, and someone we are pleased to call a partner.”

Also joining the firm with Gowdy are Cindy Crick, his long-time chief of staff, and Sheria Clarke, the former staff director at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the release said.

Gowdy did not seek reelection to his 4th District seat in 2018 after serving as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 750 attorneys and government relations professionals with 25 offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C. For more information on the firm, visit www.nelsonmullins.com.