Christian W. Nelson


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Mr. Nelson specializes in litigation of complex medical malpractice and commercial vehicle defense cases.  He has spent over three decades defending healthcare providers, trucking companies and commercial carriers, and other commercial vehicle operators, ranging from single owner-operators to large companies. Mr. Nelson co-chairs our Medical Malpractice Defense practice group and our Transportation and Commercial Vehicle practice group.  He has conducted numerous bench and jury trials in both Utah and Idaho and has successfully defended clients in arbitration, mediation and in various administrative proceedings over the years, including complex multi-party cases. Mr. Nelson has also argued several cases in Utah State appellate courts and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation



  • University of Utah, College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, J.D. 1990

  • Honors: Traynor Moot Court Legal Writing Award
    Law Journal: Journal of Contemporary Law and Journal of Energy Law and Policy, Senior Staff Member

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, B.A. Finance, 1987

Admitted to Practice
  • State of Utah, 1990

  • State of Idaho, 1991

  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 1990

  • U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 1991

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Professional Affiliations
  • Utah Defense Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Transportation Industry

  • Trucking Industriy Defense Association (TIDA)

  • Utah State Bar Association

  • Idaho Bar Association

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating