Nelson grew up in the Denver suburbs and now lives in Denver, Colorado. He focuses his practice on appeals and complex litigation in state and federal courts, primarily involving business disputes, and representing injured parties in personal injury and insurance bad faith cases. Nelson earned degrees from Temple University (B.A., History, 1997), New Mexico State University (M.A., History of U.S. Foreign Relations, 2000) and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2007). Nelson practices in all Colorado courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
For 8 years, Nelson served as a commissioner on and chair of the Judicial Performance Commission for Colorado’s Second Judicial District. He volunteers as a member of the Amicus Curiae Committees of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and also the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). Nelson is Chair Emeritus of CTLA’s Amicus Committee. He has served on CTLA’s Board since 2008, co-chaired CTLA’s Amicus Curiae Committee for about 9 years, and has served on CTLA’s DEI Task Force, Executive Committee, and Legislative Policy Committee. He also briefly severed on AAJ’s Board of Governors and New Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Nelson organizes, teaches, and moderates CLE courses on appellate practice, ethics, and professionalism. He has had numerous published and unpublished appellate decisions.
Nelson enjoys hiking with his wife and skiing, camping, and family road trips to national parks with his family.