John K. Nelson: Lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

John K. Nelson


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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
University Miami University, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Law SchoolThe University of Toledo College of Law, The University of Toledo Law Review, J.D., magna cum laude, 1979
Admitted1979, Ohio; 1980, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional and Community Affiliations

•Ohio State Bar Association
•Toledo Bar Association
•Federal Court Committee
•Common Pleas Court Committee
•Professionalism Committee
•Former member of the Certified Grievance Committee
•Rotary Club of Toledo
•Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, President (2012, 2013)

BornToledo, Ohio, 1954

John Nelson has over 33 years of experience handling civil litigation in federal and state courts, both at the trial and appellate levels. He represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of litigation matters involving complex commercial issues, contract issues, tort claims, and insurance coverage disputes. John also serves as national coordinating counsel for certain pattern tort litigation for a large corporate client.

John has many years of experience in pursuing and defending contractual indemnity claims, including claims arising from historical merger, asset acquisition, or divestiture transactions. In the process, John investigates these corporate transactions to ascertain the rights and liabilities of the parties and to analyze their respective responsibilities for legacy liabilities of the acquired or sold company, including long tail liabilities such as asbestos liabilities and environmental liabilities. He advises clients on the drafting and interpretation of indemnity agreements, releases, and subrogation contracts.

John also counsels corporate and individual clients on the availability of insurance coverage for a variety of claims and losses under comprehensive general liability policies, employers liability policies, auto insurance policies, and other policies. John has served as counsel for corporate policyholders in significant insurance coverage cases. He works to manage insurance settlements and claims handling agreements for pattern tort litigation, working with both corporate policyholders and the insurance carriers in the process.

While in first year law school, John placed first in the 1977 Charles Fornoff Intraschool Moot Court competition, with the finals being argued before a panel of judges that included Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court.

John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Don J. Young, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, from 1979 to 1981.


•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2008 - 2016

News Releases

08.19.2015 Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America 2016

08.21.2014 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

06.26.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Significant Addition to the Firm


07.08.2015 Client Alert - Community Associations: Amendments to Chapters 718 & 720, Florida Statutes


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John K. Nelson

1000 Jackson Street
ToledoOH 43604-5573


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