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Rick Mendoza


  • (T) 803.540.2026
  • (F) 803.727.1478

Rick Mendoza is an experienced creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law attorney. He has dedicated more than 30 years to this area of practice, and is a Board Certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist in South Carolina since 1993. He served on Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Advisory Board for the State of South Carolina (1992 – 1996; 2008 – 2014; Chairman 2012 – 2015).

Rick was admitted in 2016 as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary public service association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals who are invited to join as Fellows based on a proven record of the highest standards of professionalism plus service to the profession and their communities.


  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1983
  • University of South Carolina, B.S., 1980
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2016 – present
  • Member of the Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialization Advisory Board, State of South Carolina (1992 – 1996; 2008 – 2014; Chairman 2012 -2014)
  • Member of Board of Trustees for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (2010 – present; Chair 2015 – 2016)
  • Member of Board of Trustees for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families (2010 – present; Chair 2012 – 2013)
  • Member of the Bankruptcy Local Rules Advisory Committee for the District of South Carolina (1994 – 1995; 2003 – 2006; Chairman 2003 – 2006)
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association (Board of Directors, 1992 – 1993, 1998 – 1999)
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Admission as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, 2016 – present
  • Certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist, State of South Carolina 1993 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America, for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 2001 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbia, 2012 and 2016
  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers list in the area of Bankruptcy and Business Litigation 2008-2018 (“Top 10” in South Carolina 2010; “Top 25” in South Carolina 2012 and 2014)
  • Matthew J. Perry Civility Award, Richland County Bar Association, 2015
  • William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award for the Meritorious Advancement of the Practice of Bankruptcy Law, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, 1999
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, South Carolina Bar Association, 1998
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1995
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands", Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
  • Mr. Mendoza was a co-presenter with George B. Cauthen of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, for the seminar program Chapter 11 “Plan”ning: Drafting, Objecting, and Tools You Never Thought to Use, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association 26th Annual Seminar, April 29 - May 1, 2016, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Unsettled, or Unsettling, Law? A Review of Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Following Stern v. Marshall

  • Mr. Mendoza was a co-presenter with George Scott at a South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association meeting in November, 2011.
  • Mr. Mendoza, George Scott and Judge John T. Laney, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia also discussed Stern v. Marshall at a Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Seminar in November, 2011.  The seminar was co-sponsored by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
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