Our Attorneys

Two Generations of Commitment to Excellence in the Practice of Personal Injury Law Experience | Integrity | Results

Our Attorneys

Two Generations of Commitment to Excellence in the Practice of Personal Injury Law

Experience | Integrity | Results

Timothy W. Nelson

Matthew J. Nelson

Education

  • Concordia College (Moorhead), BA – 1974

  • St. Cloud State University, M.S. – 1981

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D.  – 1984 (Sterling Honor Graduate)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota (State & Federal) – 1984

  • South Dakota (State) – 1985

  • US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit – 1987

  • MSBA Civil Trial Specialist – 1992

Memberships

  • Minnesota Association of Justice

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Stearns Benton Bar Association

Background

Born in 1953, Timothy W. Nelson was raised on a farm near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health in 1975. He also started on the 1974 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion football team.

Following college, Tim taught physical education and health in a small South Dakota town before returning to Minnesota where he was Assistant Principal at New London-Spicer High School for five years. While at New London-Spicer, he coached football, wrestling, and track, and obtained a master’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 1981.

He received his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1984, where he was a sterling honor graduate. Tim was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1984 and the South Dakota bar in 1985. His first job as an attorney was with the firm of Gislason, Dosland, Hunter & Milecki in New Ulm. There, he not only represented personal injury victims, and also gained experience in the areas of insurance defense, criminal defense and the general practice of law.

In 1986, Tim moved to St. Cloud to work for three years as an associate with Donohue, Rajkowski, Hansmeier, Grunke and Jovanovich. While continuing to gain experience in the field of personal injury, he also did criminal prosecution for the cities of Waite Park, St. Joseph and St. Stephen, and legal work for their corporate client, the Monsanto Chemical Company.

In 1989, Tim joined a solo-practitioner, Geoff Gempeler, and helped him build his firm into a successful personal injury practice. In 1991, Tim and Geoff tried a defective products claim against a swimming pool manufacturer, obtaining a $983,000 verdict for a woman injured while diving into a pool. The verdict was believed to be one of the largest in Sherburne County history at the time.

In 1992, Tim earned his certification by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a “Civil Trial Specialist”. This honor is reserved only for those attorneys who have been able to meet the rigorous requirements of certification, including demonstrated knowledge and substantial experience as a civil trial lawyer.

In 1993, Tim became a partner in Nelson Hanson Personal Injury Attorneys and in 1995, the firm became known as NELSON PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS. Since then, he has committed his practice to helping victims obtain fair compensation for their injures. In October of 2016, Tim was designated Senior Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

He is a member of the American Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association. He has taught continuing legal education classes to other attorneys and is an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Education

  • St. John’s University, B.A. – 2006

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D. – 2010 (Magna Cum Laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota (State) – 2010

  • Minnesota (Federal) – 2012

Memberships

  • Minnesota Association of Justice

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Stearns Benton Bar Association

Background

A Native of St. Cloud, Matt graduated from Apollo High School in 2002.  He then attended Saint John’s University where he graduated in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  While at St. John’s, Matt played football for legendary coach John Gagliardi and was a starter on the 2003 Division III National Championship team.  While playing for the Johnnies, Matt was also named MIAC All-Conference (three times); Academic All-Conference, Academic All-District, and All-American his senior year.

After graduation from St. John’s, Matt worked as a youth counselor in the adolescent mental health unit of the St. Cloud Hospital.  He then attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, graduating in 2010 in the top 5% of his class.   While at St. Thomas, Matt was on the Dean’s List five times; a three time recipient of the Dean’s Award for the highest grade; and was both an associate and senior editor of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.

Following law school, Matt worked for a Minneapolis law firm, practicing in the areas of personal injury defense, construction law, municipal law, and estate planning.   Matt joined Nelson Personal Injury in the fall of 2012 where he dedicates his practice to helping clients who are injured by the carelessness of others.

Matt represents people who have experienced serious injuries, or the wrongful death of a family member, including claims involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, premises liability, defective products and worker’s compensation.