Jonathan B. Nelson

Chair, Commercial Litigation Department


U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern & Northern Districts

New York State



J.D., Brooklyn Law School
magna cum laude
– Richardson Scholar
– Irving R. Rosenthal Memorial Scholar
– Judge Edward & Doris A. Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
– American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts

B.A., Brown University,
Economics and American & English Literature

Mr. 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, and complex litigation matters. As Chair of the Litigation Department, Mr. Nelson oversees more than twenty attorneys in the Litigation Department which is comprised of a Commercial Litigation Group, a Title Insurance Litigation Group, a Medical Malpractice Defense Group, a General Liability Defense Group and a Professional Liability Defense Group.

For almost thirty years, Mr. Nelson has handled and tried a diverse array of litigation matters from state court civil business litigation to complex federal intellectual property matters. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s commercial litigation cases from intake through trial.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nelson was Assistant General Counsel at the Compass Group USA, Inc., the publicly traded subsidiary of Compass Group PLC (CPG.L). 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 has attained 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.


The Best Lawyers in America®: 2022 edition, 2023 edition

New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 ,2022 & 2023

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

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