Mike Nelson, Partner
Mike Nelson, partner at NLE Law, is a seasoned litigator who has practiced law in Washington State for more than 35 years. For the last 27 years, his practice has emphasized traumatic brain injury, catastrophic personal injury and insurance bad faith claims.
As a survivor of a serious brain injury, Mike brings a unique empathy to the victims of acute brain and spinal cord injury. He has the knowledge, training and experience necessary to provide the best legal representation available.
While in college, Mike was returning from a ski trip on Interstate 90 when an oncoming truck crossed the center line and struck his vehicle head-on. The driver of the truck was intoxicated at the time.
Mike suffered orthopedic trauma and serious head injuries. He was in a coma for a number of days, followed by several weeks of total amnesia and serious cognitive, behavioral and neurological problems.
A brain injury - and then a 'miraculous recovery'
Following the accident, Mike made what treating University of Washington neurosurgeons called a "miraculous recovery." That is, his memory - except for the time period immediately before the accident until approximately three weeks after - returned, along with a rapid recovery of cognitive and functional abilities.
Mike, a member of the Washington State Bar Association, is a Washington State Association for Justice Eagle member. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and has served as an arbitrator on many personal injury cases. He has spoken at numerous legal continuing education seminars and published articles in Trial News. Mike is also a member of the National Brain Injury Association and the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. In addition, he has co-chaired the Washington Association for Justice brain injury seminar.
Mike was the main author of the groundbreaking Zackery Lystedt Law - the first law to help prevent young athletes from returning to play without medical clearance after suffering a concussion or head injury. The Lystedt Law has since inspired the creation of similar laws now implemented in all 50 states
Mike has been honored with induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The forum is limited to select trial lawyers who have demonstrated skill and excellence in advocacy by achieving a jury verdict or settlement of $1 million or more.
Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, Mike attended Renton High School and then the University of Washington. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mike received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound as part of its first graduating class.
As a young lawyer, Mike was the lead attorney for an umbrella group of environmental organizations in the landmark ASARCO case, which set new legal precedent for Washington air pollution cases. He has been active in community affairs including organizational work on the campaign to save Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Mike is an outdoor enthusiast and extreme skier. He has traveled four continents looking for the next challenge.
Mike Nelson is a member of the following associations:
- Washington State Associations for Justice
- King County Bar Association
- South King Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Trial Lawyers College
- Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
- Public Justice
- North American Brain Injury Society