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.

Nelson was Chairperson of Regional School Unit #5 (Freeport, Durham, Pownal) for seven years and is currently on the Advisory Board of Directors for Regional School Unit #5 Community Programs and Secretary on the Board of Directors of Rippleffect, a youth outdoor learning non-profit. He also currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Mediators.

Nelson lives in Freeport with his wife, Karin.

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
  • Katahdin Counsel Honoree for Pro Bono Service, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Action Group, 2020-Present

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
  • Rippleffect Board of Directors, Secretary

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 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 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 Supreme Court Affirms Decision in Workers’ Compensation Case Regarding Notice Requirements

In  Desgrosseilliers v. Auburn Sheet Metal  (2021 ME 63 [December 16, 2021]), the question presented is whether an employee is required to give notice of his occupational disease claim to his former employer’s insurer...

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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...

News

46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022, Including 3 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2022, including four “Ones to Watch” and three “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Mariana Baron and Nelson Larkins Honored by Maine Supreme Judicial Court for Pro Bono Service

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorneys Mariana Baron and Nelson Larkins have been honored by the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program for their 2021 contributions to pro bono legal aid in the state...

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Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division Update - November 2021

Below are two recent and interesting Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions. The first  deals with the compensability of injuries sustained in employer-sponsored athletic events. The second deals with the referral of an employee...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Meeting Notes for June 2021

The following are highlights from the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s meeting of June 8, 2021. Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks Appointed for Partial Term as Administrative Law Judge in Portland Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks was...

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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...