Eric J. Nelson is the criminal defense lawyer representing Derek Michael Chauvin. The client is one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of African-American security guard George Floyd.
Chauvin was originally represented by Thomas “Tom” Kelly of Kelly & Jacobson. Nelson replaced Kelly, who told Reuters that he gave up Chauvin’s case for medical-related reasons.
Nelson is a frequent speaker on criminal law throughout Minnesota, United States. He serves as a judge for moot court and mock trial competitions.
Licensed since 2001, Nelson is admitted to practice before all state courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, USA and the federal bar in Minnesota and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Here are 13 things about the lawyer:
- He attended Roosevelt High School from 1988 to 1992.
- He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, USA, where he studied from 1993 to 1996.
- He received his Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied from 1998 to 2000.
- In 2001, he was admitted to practice law in Minnesota.
- He has been a member of the Douglas Amdahl Inn of Court since 2001.
- Since February 2005, he has been the managing partner of the Halberg Criminal Defense firm, the largest firm in Minnesota with 10 lawyers exclusively doing criminal defense work.
- He was selected to Rising Stars from 2005 to 2013 and to Super Lawyers from 2014 to 2020.
- He has been a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys since 2006.
- Admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2007, he has represented clients in Dunn, St. Croix, Barron and Washburn counties.
- In 2009, he was admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court District of Minnesota.
- In 2012, he represented former Minnesota Vikings professional football player Joe Senser’s wife Amy Senser, who was convicted for the 2011 hit-and-run death of Laotian immigrant Anousone Phanthavong, a chef in the Minneapolis restaurant True Thai.
- He has been a contributing author to the Minnesota DWI Deskbook, a comprehensive source for DWI attorneys in Minnesota.
- He can be contacted by via phone at 612-470-5064 and via fax at 952-224-4840.