Jeffrey C. Nelson

Jeffrey Nelson represents state, tribal and local governments in a wide variety of matters, primarily related to consumer protection and deceptive marketing.


Jeff represents multiple state and local governments in litigation against drug manufacturers and distributors, alleging deceptive acts and oversupply of addictive opioid painkillers. He also has represented the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands in their respective litigations against the Takata Corporation for producing dangerous and defective airbags. Prior to joining Motley Rice, Jeff represented the State of Mississippi in an action against the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

Jeff’s knowledge of the challenges faced by public clients is strengthened by his experience practicing in the public sector and representing tribal governments. In addition to prior work representing Indian tribes, he served as an Assistant Solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior, Division of Indian Affairs, and as a Senior Attorney for the National Indian Gaming Commission.

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  • L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
  • J.D. cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1997
  • B.S., with honors, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, 1994

Licensed In

  • District Of Columbia
  • Maryland

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Active Case

Opioid Litigation

The growing opioid epidemic crosses virtually all demographics, and with more than half a million related deaths recorded in the U.S. since 2015, the crisis has officially been declared a public health emergency.

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