Biography

Nelson is a litigation attorney with an emphasis in the areas of workers' compensation, the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act, employment and labor law, insurance defense, mediation, and family law. His practice involves representation of employers and defendants throughout the state of Maine and national insurance companies. He has lectured frequently to diverse groups on employers' and insurers' rights in the workplace, with an emphasis on litigation techniques, return-to-work efforts, and the interaction of employers and medical care professionals. Nelson also has significant experience representing clients in the area of family law and divorce matters.

Nelson is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he co-founded and edited The Allegheny Review, a national literary review for undergraduates. While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, a law review focused on mediation, arbitration and alternative processes for settling disputes.

He lives in Freeport with his children, Lauren, Will and Brandon. Nelson was Chairperson of Regional School Unit #5 (Freeport, Durham, Pownal) for seven years. He is currently on the Tri Town Track and Field Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of Directors for Regional School Unit #5 Community Programs. Nelson is also active in Boy Scouts and the Freeport Conservation Trust.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Maine Association of Mediators, Secretary
    • Board of Governors
    • Membership Committee
    • Former Vice President

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Workers' Compensation Law

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Preti Flaherty Volunteer Lawyers Project Coordinator, 2001-Present
  • Preti Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair, 2011-Present
  • Freeport Hunter Road Athletic Fields, Advisory Committee
  • Campaign For Justice Volunteer
  • Thomas Means Historical Society, 2009-2014
    • Former Treasurer, 2009-2014
  • RSU5 Community Programs Advisory Board of Directors, 2016-Present
  • RSU5 School Board of Directors
    • Former Chair, 2009-2015
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Former Freeport Boy Scouts Volunteer, 2005-2014
    • Former Troop Chair, 2011-2014

Presentations

  • National Business Institute, Present
  • Lorman Workers' Compensation, 1999-Present
  • Northern Law Publishers Workers' Compensation, 1998-Present

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB October Monthly Business Meeting

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board met remotely on October 13, 2020, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to reappointments, the appointment of a Section 312 examiner, and claims related...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Notification Requirements for Occupational Disease Claims

WC Appellate Division Finds Timely Notice in Context of Occupational Disease Claim; No Independent Obligation to Notify Employer’s Insurer Where Not Required by Statute Timely notice is critical for a viable claim under the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Burden of Proof in Death Presumption

WC Appellate Division Affirms Placement of Burden of Proof on Employer to Disprove Facts Presumed Under the Death Presumption A recent decision from the Appellate Division centers on the burden of proof in the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Reporting and Related Requirements

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated its COVID-19 FAQ with current guidance and reporting requirements. Although the information offered is not legal advice and is not judicially enforceable, it is helpful direction in...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Revises Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB December Updates - Covid-19 Claim Statistics and Appeal Accepted by Law Court

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board met for its regular business meeting on December 8. Among the items discussed were COVID-19 claim statistics and an appeal accepted by the Law Court dealing with a fascinating...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB February Monthly Business Meeting

The WCB met remotely on February 9, 2021, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to an appeal accepted by the Maine Supreme Court and claims related to Covid-19. COVID-Coded...

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Decision on WCB Rule 2 ยง5 Termination of Benefits Prior Notice Requirement

Notice Is Required Prior to Termination of Benefits for Durational Cap Under Former WCB Rule, Even When Discontinuance Is Sought by Petition Weekly compensation for partial incapacity benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act are...