Jonathan B. Nelson

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Jonathan B. Nelson

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”




  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern & Northern Districts
  • New York
  • Connecticut


  • 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


  • Federal Bar Council
    • Member, Westchester Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

Mr. Nelson is a Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial 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 co-chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, Mr. Nelson oversees more than twenty attorneys in the department which is comprised of a Business Litigation Group, a Real Estate Litigation Group, an Insurance Defense and Coverage Group, a Complex Tort and General Liability Group, a Professional Liability Defense Group, a Criminal Defense Group and a Trusts and Estates Litigation Group.

For over 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 and has a proven track record of success, in an out of the courtroom.

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 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

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