Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia Office Welcomes New Attorneys to Health Care Group

Columbia, S.C. - Nexsen Pruet is pleased to announce the addition of two health care attorneys to its Columbia, South Carolina office - Darra James Coleman, who joins as Special Counsel and Alice Harris, who joins as a Member.

"We are thrilled with the continued growth of our health care practice and proud to add two experienced and highly skilled attorneys," says Nikole Mergo, Columbia Office Managing Partner. "Darra and Alice both bring unique and diverse knowledge and we look forward to excellent service they will provide our clients."

About Darra James Coleman
Darra has more than 20 years of diverse experience serving both public and private sector clients. Most recently, Darra served as Chief Advice Counsel and policy counsel for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where she managed the legal team that provides in-house legal services to 42 professional and occupational licensing boards. She focused on the navigation of a variety of complicated legal issues and represented the agency on various state wide initiatives relating to health care, including Governor Haley’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council, Governor McMaster’s Opioid Emergency Response Team, and the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition.
Darra's focus at Nexsen Pruet includes COVID-19, licensing and regulatory, telehealth, pharmacy, and health care litigation.


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About Alice Harris
Alice Harris assists hospitals, health care systems, physicians, post-acute care providers and more with a wide variety of matters. Throughout her career, her practice has focused on health care regulatory compliance, compliance program guidance, response to federal and state contractor audits and surveys, EMTALA investigations, internal investigations, and fraud and abuse litigation matters. Her compliance analysis and advice experience ranges from initial formation and restricting of compliance programs to internal investigations, potential whistleblower exposure, and coordination of ongoing coding reviews. Alice also has extensive health care litigation experience. Her focus at Nexsen Pruet will be in the long term care industry.

Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Alice worked for an east-coast based law firm where she regularly provided analysis and litigation services and presented on health care matters. She also previously served as in-house compliance counsel for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Operational Vice President of Corporate Integrity for Tuomey Healthcare System.

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Nexsen Pruet is an AM Law 200 firm with more than 200 professionals in eight offices providing regional capabilities with international strengths


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