Nicholas Nelson is an experienced litigator in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide. He analyzes, briefs and solves complex legal doctrine issues for clients, on appeal and in the trial courts. Nick has substantive experience dealing with legal and strategic issues regarding forum selection and transfers when a defendant faces similar lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions.

Appellate Litigation

Nick has filed briefs in over 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court — at both the certiorari and merits stages and on behalf of petitioners, respondents, and amici curiae — and in numerous other cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, as well as the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Nick has litigated appeals involving issues of immigration, statutory interpretation, publicity rights and more.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Nick practiced in Washington, D.C., focusing on litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before the Supreme Court and other courts, Nick litigated the validity of Arizona's immigration enforcement law, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Affordable Care Act and South Carolina’s voter-identification law.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Hon. Thomas M. Hardiman, 2009-2010
U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Michigan, Hon. Stephen J. Murphy, 2008-2009


Notre Dame Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law Review (note editor) (2008)

St. Olaf College
B.A. in Economics, cum laude (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Certiorari Practice in the U.S. Supreme Court
    Chapter co-author, Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 7th ed., 2016; 8th ed., forthcoming 2018
  • New Developments in Personal Jurisdiction
    Minnesota CLE Civil Litigator’s Annual Short Course, February 2018
  • 8th Circuit Round-Up with Nicholas Nelson
    Federalist Society, Minnesota Lawyers Chapter, September 2017
  • Rely On Us: Encino Motorcars Reiterates Administrative Rule Changes Must Consider Reliance Interests
    Minnesota CLE Webcast, September 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court Term Review
    Corporate Counsel/Trade Regulation Seminar, Iowa State Bar Association, September 2013 and September 2014
  • The Arizona Immigration Law
    University of St. Thomas Federalist Society, Fall 2012
  • SCOTUS Gets (More) Serious About Corporate Personal Jurisdiction: Bristol Myers Squibb v. Superior Court
    ABA Mass Torts Litigation

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Appellate Practice Section


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021 
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorneys of the Year, 2015
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Appellate, 2015-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015, 2017; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19
Awards Methodology
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