Joelle Nelson believes that whether you are an individual litigant or a large corporation, the judicial process can be both expensive and stressful. As a cancer survivor, and as the first person in her family to graduate from college and seek a doctorate degree, Joelle understands the value of a dollar and that the litigation process often forces ordinary people to deal with extraordinary circumstances. Through her own life experience, Joelle understands that empowering clients with a feeling of control over their particular circumstances and providing a straight forward understanding of the legal process are critical to not only the success of a case, but to the well-being of her clients.
Joelle has never forgotten what it was like to have to rely on doctors to care for her needs and to have no control over the interruption of her daily life. For these reasons, Joelle understands exactly how clients feel when they have been sued or are seeking a legal remedy by and through our judicial system. Joelle's sole goal is to ensure that the process is understood, utilized, and cases pursued in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. To better highlight this point, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, Joelle was named a Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Compiled through peer nomination and research, only two percent of attorneys in Texas under 40-years old receive this distinction. It is with this same integrity and motivation, for which she has been recognized, that Joelle continues to pursue and defend the rights of her clients.
In fact, during her early days as a briefing attorney for the Honorable John S. Anderson, at the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas, Joelle helped write the dissenting opinion regarding the unconstitutional sodomy laws in Texas. The dissent opinion was later affirmed and portions adopted by the United Stated Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003). Joelle truly believes that our courts, albeit not perfect, are the great levelers to ensure justice for all citizens. In this same light, Joelle continues to pursue such rights by offering partnership agreements as part of her estate planning packages for same sex couples. Therein, Joelle strives to ensure that same sex couples enjoy the same rights to hospital visitation, medical directives, and will distributions as all other citizens.
Aside from family law, Joelle has successfully litigated high profile oil and gas cases, medical malpractice cases, and product liability cases. Joelle's success was defined years ago and is rooted in her diligent work ethic, which began at age 15, and a belief that attention to detail, preparation, and willingness to literally walk in the footsteps of a client are invaluable. No task is too small or large, if it will further a case. In fact, Joelle has been known to drive horizontal auger boring machines, investigate and actually fly allegedly defective planes, inspect chemical plants and maritime vessels alike, as well as travel many miles to make a house call regarding an ill client.
Joelle is married to Christopher Nelson and they have a daughter, Jocelyn Grace. Together, Joelle and her family support local Houston schools for children with neurological and learning differences, as well as volunteer with local cancer charities, and participate in the human rights campaign.