Washington University in St. Louis,
Environmental Moot Court Best Oral Argument Winner, 2010
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, 2007
B.A., Spanish, 2007
William J. Griffith University Service Award
Illinois USDC, Central District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
American Bar Association
Vice-Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2015-Present
St. Louis Business Journal 30 Under 30, 2015
Nelson was selected out of over 450 submissions, in recognition for his work at Thompson Coburn and as a leader in the St. Louis community.
National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2015
Nelson was chosen as one out of 40 lawyers in the state of Missouri to receive this award, in recognition for his career achievements and reputation among peers.
Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List (by Lawyers of Color), 2013
Recognizing minority attorneys excelling in their careers.
Summer Associate, 2008-2009
Forward Through Ferguson
Board of Directors, 2017-Present
Big Brothers and Sisters of Eastern Missouri
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Corporate Achievers, 2015
Shearwater Education Foundation
Board of Directors, 2010-2013
Duke University Center for Race Relations Alumni Association
Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litigation. His work for clients covers several industries, including telecommunications, software development, banking, and agriculture.
Nelson has developed a special focus on defending class and conditional certification actions under the FLSA. In multiple jurisdictions, he has handled class litigation for both large and small companies. His work has resulted in the dismissal of class claims as well as the denial and decertification of wage and hour class and collective actions, including claims filed in California courts. In 2013, Nelson contributed to a major victory for a global computer software company when it obtained decertification of a collective action under the FLSA, and concurrently defeated the plaintiffs' motion for Rule 23 class certification.
He has successfully represented employers in matters involving the ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and Title VII. In each matter, Nelson takes an aggressive but thoughtful approach to employment litigation. He enjoys researching the specific needs of a client and developing a tailored litigation strategy that aligns with a client's goals and helps them achieve the best possible outcome.
Nelson has also helped employers defeat union wrongful discharge grievances in arbitration. His experience includes defending clients in arbitrations across the country, including claims brought by long-term employees.
As a member of Thompson Coburn's Diversity Committee and other diversity initiatives, Nelson actively promotes diversity in the legal and business community, and frequently mentors diverse law students.
Obtained decertification of FLSA class and denial of Rule 23 certification.
Obtained summary judgment in FMLA and ADA matter.
Severed claims of prior opt-ins from Santiago who jointly filed a new lawsuit after the collective action in Santiago was decertified.
Quoted, "Looming SCOTUS Ruling May Have Chilling Effect on Big Law Diversity Efforts,"
Law.com, May 11, 2023
"FLSA Freefall: An In-Depth Look at the Latest in Wage & Hour Law";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2015
"Scouting Report: Employment Trends and Issues";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2014
"Back Off: Bullying in the Workplace";
TCLE Webinar, November 2013
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