Timothy W. Nelson


  • 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


  • Minnesota Association of Justice

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Stearns Benton Bar Association

Timothy W. Nelson

Partner Timothy W. Nelson has been representing personal injury victims in Minnesota for nearly 40 years. Tim received his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1984, where he was a sterling honor graduate. He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1984 and the South Dakota bar in 1985.

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 injuries. 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.