Steve Nelson is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. Steve has extensive experience in litigation and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation including construction, civil and business, contracts and lease disputes, toxic tort, OSHA counseling and citation defense, personal injury defense, product liability, professional liability defense and Wisconsin fair dealership law. He has litigated on behalf of clients involved in complex construction matters including tunnel and sewer construction, building construction, highway construction and matters involving maritime law. He has successfully represented numerous companies and corporations that received OSHA citations.
Steve has significant experience in representing school districts in connection with performance contracting and construction projects, with over $150 million dollars in performance service contracts completed.
Steve serves as counsel to a company involved in large resort and urban high-rise developments and has unique insight into the envisioning, phasing and construction of large projects as well as the issues relating to homeowners associations, project management, and real estate sales and marketing. Steve teaches and lectures on a wide variety of topics including OSHA law, environmental law, construction law, and media law.
In 2012 Steve was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a “Leader in the Law.” He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation. Steve is a Wisconsin Super Lawyers® honoree (2005-2020). He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating possible. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Wisconsin Chapter (recipient of ABOTA Wisconsin Chapter Award in 2011), the American and Milwaukee Bar Associations, and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation.
Steve is also active in the community and currently serves as a member of the Elm Grove Police & Fire Commission. He previously served as the president of the Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church Foundation and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.