Nelson is a native of Arvada, Colorado. His civil litigation practice focuses on appeals, business, insurance bad faith, and personal injury litigation. Nelson joined Burg Simpson in 2013 after several years running his own firm. He studied third-world history at Temple University (B.A., 1997) and United States history at New Mexico State University (M.A., 2000). Nelson earned his law degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2007). He has practiced in Colorado trial courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Colorado, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Nelson serves as a Commissioner on the Judicial Performance Commission for Colorado’s Second Judicial District, where he recently completed a 2-year term as Chair. The Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives has twice appointed him to serve on that 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 is currently co-Chair of the Colorado Bar Association Appellate Subsection’s CLE Committee. Nelson enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping with his family.
AVVO®, Highest Distinction of Superb 10.0 Attorney Rating
Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2012 - 2017
Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2018 - 2019
Marquis Who's Who in America, 2020
Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2018 - 2019
Outstanding Service to CTLA Award, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
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
U.S. District Court, Colorado, 2008
10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2011
United States Supreme Court, 2012
U.S Court of Federal Claims, 2018
J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2007
M.A., New Mexico State University, Immigration and Foreign Relations History, 2000
B.A., Temple University, History with Third World emphasis, 1997
American Association for Justice, Leader Forum Member Champion, 2021
2020-2021 Interim Co-Chair, Colo. Bar. Ass'n Appellate Subcommittee Annual CLE Committee
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 (lapsed)
Judicial Performance Commission for Colorado’s Second Judicial District, 2013-Present
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
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)
“Rule 23,” “Rule 49” and “Rules 51, & 51.1,” in Knapp, Debra, ed., Colo. Civil Procedure Forms & Commentary, Colo. Practice Series Vols. 11 & 12 (Thompson Reuters, 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
“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)
Lecture on Colorado Lawyer Self-Assessment & CBA Formal Ethics Opinion 137, CTLA Convention, Aug. 2019
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 Co-Organizer and Co-Moderator, CDLA/CTLA 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