- Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1997)
- Columbia University (J.D. 2000)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court of the United States, 2002-2003
Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2000-2001
Justin Nelson is a Texas native who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation—often in cases with hundreds of millions or billions of dollars at stake. A large part of Mr. Nelson’s practice is going to trial, preparing for trial, and arguing key motions leading up to trial. His practice spans the spectrum in complex civil litigation from antitrust to appellate to bankruptcy to contractual disputes to intellectual property.
Mr. Nelson has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” since 2013 (Thomson Reuters). Since 2012, Intellectual Asset Management magazine has named Mr. Nelson to the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. In June 2010, the American Lawyer named Mr. Nelson “Litigator of the Week” for his work on the Washington Mutual bankruptcy case. In April 2017, Justin—serving as lead counsel—obtained a jury verdict of over $50 million for his client Green Mountain Glass against Ardagh on a patent infringement matter involving recycled glass. Post-trial motions are pending.
Mr. Nelson also has represented various parties as amici in the Supreme Court of the United States, in cases ranging from intellectual property to antitrust to election law. Mr. Nelson has practiced First Amendment law on behalf of various media companies. He also has taught Advanced Constitutional Law on the Law of the Political Process, and has served as the Chair of the Economics of the Profession Committee in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and teaches as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law.
In addition to his legal writings, his article on Lyndon Johnson’s role at the 1968 Democratic Convention appeared in the Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is a former law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2000-01), and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the United States Supreme Court (2002-03).