A partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, Nelson is a Houston native and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Nelson is a practicing lawyer specializing in high-stakes civil litigation. He has been named as among the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine and a Texas Super Lawyer® by Thompson Reuters. He has served as Chair of the Economics of the Profession Committee in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division and is Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has practiced and taught constitutional law, and is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Nelson spent four summers in Latin America leading education and public health projects with the Houston-based non-profit organization Amigos de las Americas.
Nelson, 43, is the son of a Houston labor union lawyer and a travel agent. Nelson and his wife live in Austin and are expecting their third child.
If given the honor to serve, Nelson promises to fight against special interests, fraud, and corruption.