Mr. Nelson serves as the prosecuting attorney for over 30 professional licensing agencies while also providing advice on regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement matters. Additionally, his practice incorporates all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on municipality and public entity representation and defense, employment law, and real estate law. Mr. Nelson joined the firm in 2010.
- Successfully prosecuted dozens of professional licensees in contested case hearings before administrative hearing officers and through the judicial review process.
- Negotiated and drafted hundreds of settlement agreements with professional licensees for various statutory and regulatory violations.
- Argued and briefed cases before all federal and state courts in Idaho including the Idaho Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Successfully litigated civil rights cases involving constitutional claims, personal injury, Idaho’s “whistle blower” statute, First Amendment free speech, and wrongful termination.
- Successfully defended employers before the Idaho Human Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against unwarranted allegations of retaliation, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
- Volunteer attorney for Family Advocates in the Court Appointed Guardian ad Litem Program (CASA).
- Served a two-year clerkship for the Honorable John A. Manglona of the Supreme Court of the Northern Mariana Islands.
- Member of Creighton University Law Review, Moot Court Team, and Mock Trial Team; national runner-up and regional champion in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition based on arguments presented before judges seated on the United States Courts of Appeal.
Education: Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, 2007; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, Brigham Young University‑Idaho, 2004.
Bar Admissions: Idaho 2007; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2010; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2011.