Jonathan B. Nelson, Esq.
Partner & Chair of the Litigation Department
Jonathan B. Nelson is an experienced litigator and corporate counsel with comprehensive knowledge and business vision in corporate governance, multi-national operations, risk management, strategic business development, dispute resolution, complex litigation matters, contract law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. As Chair of Litigation, Mr. Nelson oversees the entire Litigation Department comprised of a thriving Commercial Litigation practice group and a full-service Creditors’ Rights and Financial Services Litigation practice group.
In the litigation arena, Mr. Nelson handles a diverse array of matters from civil litigation, involving individuals and small businesses to complex federal corporate matters, with a concentration in title insurance defense, commercial litigation and commercial real estate. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s commercial litigation cases from intake through trial. For the department’s Creditors’ Rights and financial Services Litigation practice group, Mr. Nelson advises the attorneys on matters including banking, credit union, real property, bankruptcy and personal property law as well as day-to-day compliance.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nelson was Assistant General Counsel at the Compass Group USA, Inc. in Rye Brook, New York. Compass Group USA is a subsidiary of Compass Group PLC which is traded publicly on the London Stock Exchange (CPG.L.) which provides food service solutions to business enterprises and governmental entities, generating approximately $20B in annual revenue. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nelson had a general law practice focusing on civil and criminal litigation in state and federal court. He has also held the position of Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the Kings County District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he was quickly promoted to the position of Senior Trial Attorney. Upon receiving commendations for successfully trying numerous felony cases, including homicides, Mr. Nelson was chosen to help form an elite bureau, specializing in the complex prosecution of crimes committed against children.
Brooklyn Law School, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law, 2000
Brooklyn Law School, Instructor, Prosecutor’s Clinic, 1996 to 1997
Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Training, 1995 to 1997
New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
November 2011 – Lecture: “BANKRUPTCY Defalcation and Rooker-Feldman Doctrine/Res Judicata” Fidelity Title Insurance in Omaha, NE
Guest lecturer at John Jay School of Criminal Justice
Legal commentator on Court TV
Returning guest on CNN’s “Burden of Proof”
Host of online chat group regarding the jury selection for the Embassy Bombing Case
Mr. Nelson received a B.A. in Economics and American English Literature from Brown University.
He received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School where he achieved the following distinctions and honors:
-Irving R. Rosenthal Memorial Scholar
-Judge Edward and Doris A. Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
-American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts
In 1993, Mr. Nelson was admitted to practice in all of the courts of New York State. He is also admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, and the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York.