John R. Nelson

Member, Litigation West Region Practice Group Chair

For over twenty years Mr. Nelson has represented businesses and individuals in courts across Texas. Over that period of time, his law practice has grown to include not only business litigation but also intellectual property actions to protect clients’ trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights.

Mr. Nelson is experienced not only in traditional areas such as construction, personal injury, and product liability, but also complex securities cases and those involving breaches of fiduciary duty. His experience often allows him to evaluate a dispute and find an early resolution that is fast and cost-effective. Although he prides himself on helping clients negotiate business resolutions outside the courthouse, Mr. Nelson is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who is comfortable in the court room when an out-of-court settlement is not practical.

Education & Credentials


Baylor University School of Law

J.D., 1996

Louisiana Tech University

B.A., 1993
  • cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Texas1996


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers®
    • Business Litigation, 2012-2020
    • "Rising Stars," Business Litigation, 2008-2011

Prominent Assignments

Defending a wrongful termination/age discrimination case for an Austin corporate defendant and two separate plaintiff side engagements for breach of contract (sales commission agreement) matters.

Represented a regional telecommunications company in breach of contract, fraud, and theft of trade secret litigation against a custom software developer.

Represented a very large, international software company in approximately thirty different trademark and copyright cases to protect the company’s intellectual property.

Represented an international luxury goods manufacturer in over a dozen trademark/copyright, and trade dress cases to protect the company’s intellectual property and the high quality standards associated with its consumer brands.

Represented a large, international motion picture studio in trademark and copyright litigation to protect its intellectual property from being stolen during the critical time surrounding a film’s release into theaters.

Represented a national real estate leasing and brokerage company in litigation filed by a real estate holding company following a contemplated transaction that did not close.

Represented a large public university in breach of contract case against an international pharmaceutical company that had been granted a license to use and dispense medicine developed through the university’s research.

Represented a small private university in breach of contract litigation against its publicity, sponsorship, and fundraising agent. 

Represented a publically owned transportation agency against a large, publically traded construction company hired to build an extensive highway system.

Represented a closely held multi-family real estate development company in several cases against competitors, business partners, and suppliers involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and other business torts.

Represented a closely held multi-family real estate development company in actions to stop cyber-squatting and misappropriation of trademarks.

Represented custom home builder in residential construction litigation filed by home buyers.

Represented customers in residential construction litigation against large national home builder.

Represented a large non-profit hospital system against national financial institution in connection with representations regarding and management of securities purchased for a conservative investment portfolio.

Represented a closely held real estate development company in trademark and copyright litigation filed by architect with whom the company had done business.

Represented a mineral rights owner against a landowner asserting claims of environmental damage.

Represented oil and gas operator against landowner asserting claims of environmental damage.

Represented specialty worker staffing company against heirs of workers who were killed overseas by terrorists.

Represented mineral rights owners against Texas residents who claimed to have been deprived of property rights through fraud allegedly committed at the turn of the 20th Century.

Represented professional athlete in fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty action against business owner to whom athlete had loaned money and with whom athlete had invested in a joint venture.

Represented commercial tenant in breach of contract case filed by commercial landlord.

Represented landowners in boundary dispute and enforcement of restrictive covenants against adjacent landowners.

Represented home health services provider in theft of trade secrets case against competitor formed by former employees.

Represented medical professional who sold practice and was accused by buyer of fraud and breach of contract.

Represented medical professional who sold practice to another professional who breached terms of purchase agreement.

Represented family business operators against another family member who claimed to have been wrongly deprived of profits and distributions.

Represented national consumer products retailer in wrongful death action filed by family of motorist who died following a vehicular collision.

Represented national auto parts retailer in Deceptive Trade Practices Act litigation filed by customer.

Represented health food manufacturer in post-accident investigation involving OSHA issues and related employee injury claims.

Represented heavy equipment retailer in Dealer Agreement dispute with large, international equipment manufacturer.

Represented minority shareholder in ownership dispute against majority shareholders.

Represented individual investor in fraud and breach of contract litigation against business owner / fundraiser.

Represented consumer services franchisee in breach of contract action against franchisor.

Represented national restaurant franchisor in false advertising action against largest national competitor.

Represented international consumer products company in large personal injury case filed by the State of Texas.

Represented specialty worker placement company in multiple breach of contract actions against its customers.

Represented large regional bank in securities dispute against national financial institution.

Represented professional sports franchise in breach of contract action filed by season ticket holders.

Represent home buyers in breach of contract action against custom home builder.

Represent materials supplier in breach of contract case against custom home builder.

Represented gaming equipment manufacturer in trademark and copyright infringement case filed by artist.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Community Involvement

  • YMCA Youth Basketball Coach

Court Admissions

  • Northern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

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