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The Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives appointed Nelson to serve as a Commissioner on Colorado’s Second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission. Nelson serves as a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the American Association for Justice and on the Board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, where he co-chaired the Amicus Curiae Committee from 2010-2018. Nelson enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping with his family.
Honors & Accolades
5280 Magazine Top Lawyer, 2019
Best Lawyers in America, 2019
Colorado Super Lawyers, 2019
Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2018 - 2019
Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2018 - 2019
Outstanding Service to CTLA Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012 - 2017
Top 40 Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
New Trial Lawyer of the Year, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
Award of Merit, Philadelphia Pan American Association, 1997
Lectures & Seminars
Interactive Professionalism CLE discussion about client confidentiality, CTLA Convention, Aug. 2018
Interactive professionalism CLE discussion about client medical lien resolution and attorney malpractice, CTLA Convention, Aug. 2017
Event Organizer and Moderator, CTLA/CDLA Annual Joint-Professionalism Awards and CLE Event, Autumn 2015-Present.
What Can We Learn from June Cleaver and Eddie Haskell: How to Respond to Nastygrams, Salacious Accusations, and Attempts to Get You to Come Down to their Level - Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Conference, Steamboat Springs, August 4, 2016
Responding to Summary Judgment Motions, presented at CTLA's Make Your Case seminar, December 4, 2015.
“Ethics and Professionalism in the Appellate and Amicus Process,” Oct. 15, 2015, Event Organizer and Moderator
“Preserving the Record on Appeal: Some tips to avoid losing the appeal before and during trial,” presented at CTLA’s New Trial Lawyers College, Mar. 2015
“Premises Liability Act Issues,” presentation at It all relates to your PI practice seminar, March 2014
“Third Party Administrator Liability,” Presentation at Pay Now-Pay More Later, a CTLA Members-Only Seminar, December, 2011
“Medicaid Liens-Your Client Has Due Process Rights,” Trial Talk, August and September 2011, presented at CTLA Convention, August 2011
Publications & Media
“Rule 49” and “Rules 51, & 51.1,” in Colo. Civil Procedures Forms & Commentary, ed. by Debra Knapp (West, forthcoming 2019), coauthored with Brian Matise.
Construction Defect Municipal Ordinances: The Balkanization of Tort and Contract Law (Part 3), The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 46, no. 4 (Apr. 2017), coauthored with Ron Sandgrund, Jennifer Seidman, and Leslie Tuft.
Construction Defect Municipal Ordinances: The Balkanization of Tort and Contract Law (Part 2), The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 46, No. 3 (March 2017), co-authored with Ronald Sandgrund, Jennifer Seidman, and Leslie Tuft.
Construction Defect Municipal Ordinances: The Balkanization of Tort and Contract Law (Part 1), The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 46, No. 2 (February 2017), co-authored with Ronald Sandgrund, Jennifer Seidman, and Leslie Tuft.
Use Strategic Trial Briefs, AAJ NLD Sidebar, Spring 2016
Defeating summary judgment, Trial, May 2016, p. 20.
Selma, CTLA's Trial Talk, October / November 2015
What Do You March For? Trial Magazine, August 2015
“Amicus Committee Update,” CTLA’s Trial Talk, February/March 2012 and August / September 2015
“UM and UIM Insurance: Sources, stacking and suing for bad faith,” Law Week Colorado 12:3 (January 20, 2014), co-authored with Thomas Henderson and Steven Greenlee .
“Open, and Accepting Your Requests for Amicus Curiae Assistance” and “A Fragile Balance,” Trial Talk, February and March, 2012
“Medicaid Liens-Your Client Has Due Process Rights,” Trial Talk, August and September 2011, also presented at CTLA Convention, August 2011
“Amicus Committee Update,” Column, Trial Talk, January, 2011-present
“Sanctuary: An Investigation of Religious Grassroots Social Movements in the 1980s,” M.A. Thesis, New Mexico State University, May 2000
“The House: Grant’s Peace Policy and Four Mescalero Apache Agents,” Southern New Mexico Historical Review VII: 1 January 2000)
American Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Committee Member, 2011-present
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2014
American Association for Justice, New Lawyer Executive Committee, 2014
American Bar Association
Colorado's Second Judicial District Judicial Performance Commission, 2013-Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2009-2013, 2015-Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Chair Amicus Committee, 2010-2018,
Chair Emeritus, 2018-present
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Arapahoe County Bar Association
Phi Alpha Theta, Historical Honor Society (former Chapter President)
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