Mr. Nelson is a partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and Class Action Practice. He helps clients with their most challenging and highest risk matters. He focuses his practice on complex commercial, mass tort, product liability and business tort litigation, with emphasis on energy, environmental and sports disputes.
Mr. Nelson has successfully litigated strategic and enterprise-threatening matters across the United States. For example:
Energy – He has represented and advised energy companies, private equity firms and banks on a variety of energy disputes regarding purchase agreements, joint ventures, oil and gas leases, overriding royalties, pipeline matters, regulatory matters, gathering agreements and other contract and tort litigation. He has experience with upstream, midstream and downstream clients in the industry.
Environmental – Mr. Nelson has represented clients in a variety of environmental litigation matters, including CERCLA/Superfund, Oil Pollution Act, toxic tort, negligence, nuisance, trespass and municipality claims, as well as insurance and indemnity matters. He has particularly deep experience with PCB contamination and sediment sites.
Sports – Mr. Nelson has represented sports clients at the professional, collegiate and high-school levels in concussion, contract, tort, name-image-likeness, licensing, antitrust, TV rights fees and apparel disputes. His diverse experience includes the high-profile Reggie White and American Needle antitrust cases. Notably, he helped his client win the landmark dismissal of the first putative concussion class action in the nation against a statewide high school athletic association.
Mr. Nelson has also represented a variety of pro bono clients in nonprofit, criminal, civil rights and immigration matters. Among other activities, he serves on the board of Trinity High School in River Forest, IL.