Jonathan B. Nelson, Esq.
Partner & Chair of the Litigation Department
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 Litigation Chair, Mr. Nelson oversees the entire Litigation Department comprised of a thriving Commercial Litigation practice group, a full-service Creditors’ Rights and Financial Services Litigation practice group and a dynamic Medical Malpractice Defense practice group.
For over twenty-five years, Mr. Nelson has handled 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 with a concentration in title insurance defense, commercial litigation and commercial real estate litigation. For the department’s Creditors’ Rights and Financial Services Litigation practice group, Mr. Nelson advises the attorneys on matters including banking, credit unions, 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., 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 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, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
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, the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York and the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.