Nelson is a partner of the firm. He represents railroad and maritime employees in personal injury and death cases under the FELA and Jones Act. He also represents numerous employees of large corporations in claims brought under ERISA arising from mismanagement of 401k retirement plans.
Nelson has been serving on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 2004. He has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of "Best Lawyers in America" in the specialty of Railroad Law (see inclusion letter here), has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas "Super Lawyer" by the publisher of Law & Politics in every year since 2005 and again this year in the field of Transportation Law which includes railroad and maritime injuries, and has been selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the year 2014 (see letter here). He is also the only Missouri lawyer listed as a "Preferred Attorney" by the National Mariners Association. Nelson has also had numerous articles published in legal journals on personal injury subjects and has presented legal seminars to other attorneys.
Throughout his career, he has successfully tried cases in multiple jurisdictions and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured railroad and maritime workers. An example of his work is a case for an injured railroad worker who was unable to return to his job as a track machine operator where the jury awarded a verdict of $5 million against the Union Pacific and AMTRAK Railroads. He has also been recognized in the Waterways Journal for his successful representation of a widow for the death of her husband, a chief engineer who suffered a heart attack while working for American Commercial Barge Line Company, in which he received over $1 million following a jury verdict. This case was the subject of a FOX television story and was featured in the Waterways Journal. He has also successfully handled a maritime case challenging the longstanding industry practice of "jerking wires" and obtained a precedent-setting jury verdict.
Education: Emory University, B.A. 1988.
University of Missouri, J.D. 1992.
Law review; Two-time winner National Moot Court Prize for Appellate Advocacy.
Admitted: Missouri (1992); Illinois (1993); Arkansas (2006); the United States Supreme Court (1995); the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits; and numerous Federal District Courts.