PERSONNEL FILE: Nelson joins Lewis Brisbois' Charleston office

By Staff reports | Mar 24, 2015

CHARLESTON – Lewis Brisbois is pleased to welcome Matthew Nelson to our Charleston office as a partner in our nationwide Class Action and Mass Tort Practice.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Nelson was a partner with Jackson Kelly.

Nelson represents manufacturers, premises owners and employers in asbestos, toxic/mass tort and environmental litigation. He serves as national coordinating counsel for an electric utility in asbestos and toxic tort litigation. In that role, he coordinates the defense – from initial claim evaluation through trial – across the country.

Nelson also has experience representing employers and companies in the oil, gas and coal industries in cases alleging personal injury and exposures to silica, benzene and other chemicals.

Nelson has served as national and regional counsel for a number of clients in asbestos litigation. In that role, he coordinates the defense of asbestos claims from initial evaluation, discovery, and trial. He takes an active role in the defense of cases across the country to coordinate and maintain a consistent defense to reduce liability and exposure. He often takes a leading role in the examination of plaintiff's medical and scientific experts.

Nelson and his team have worked with clients to investigate and understand decades of history involving numerous facilities across the United States pertinent to current and potential future claims. He has interviewed hundreds of retired safety professionals, physicians, engineers and facility managers.

He is currently active in defense steering committees designed to maintain order to dockets containing thousands of cases. In addition, he routinely represents companies and employers in the oil, gas and coal industries.

A state native, Nelson understands the extraction industries and their importance to the local and national economy. He is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.

Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 900 attorneys and 33 offices in 19 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit

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