“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton
The product of a military family, Nelson was raised in Washington state after his father’s final duty station assignment at Fort Lewis in 1976. Nelson Sr. was a recipient of the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart. My mother and father taught me invaluable life lessons I use every day.
In his 40 years in the Pacific Northwest, he attended schools in Washington and Oregon. After a class one day at WSU, Nelson was approached by Political Science Professor Fernando Padilla and asked if law school was being considered as a future option. From that day forward, law school never left his mind. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University in 1991, Nelson enrolled at Willamette University College of Law in 1993. During law school in Salem, Oregon, he worked for the Oregon Attorney General’s Office as a law clerk from 1994-1996. Upon graduating from Willamatte in 1996, Nelson accepted the position and worked as the Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Judge Brian Tollefson, Pierce County Superior Court, Department 8.