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John C Nelson

John C Nelson

also known as John Nelson

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, Criminal Defense, Violent Crime, White Collar Crime, Juvenile, Appeals, Credit Card Fraud, Expungement, Sex Crime

About Me

In representing clients, I always take the approach to represent a client the way I would want to be represented in his or her situation. I always evaluate, research, investigate and zealously defend a case as the client requests as long as it complies with my ethical duties.


Frequently, I compare the attorney-client relationship to that of a taxi cab driver-passenger relationship. The taxi cab driver knows the fast roads, best routes and has the skills to get where the passenger needs to go. Like the passenger, the client decides what direction the case goes. I try to do everything in my power to get my clients to their destination.


The majority of my experience is in criminal law, with some prior family law experience. For the past year, I have focused my practice on DWI, Criminal and Traffic Defense. Instead of dabbling in many areas of law, I practice only what I know best, so I can give my clients the best possible representation.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    4 years
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    4 years
  4. White Collar Crime: 5%
    3 years
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • Kevin Marc Habberfield

    John is a hardworking and responsive attorney. He and I have worked together on the NYSBA House of Delegates for some time now. He is valued member of the bar and I do not hesitate to endorse him at all.


    Kevin Habberfield Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas Douglas Trbovich

    John worked for my law firm and during that time he proved himself to be a hard-working, tenacious, and intelligent attorney. He has superior knowledge of New York's DWI laws and is constantly educating himself to maintain a competitive edge. John is a great attorney and I am happy to endorse him.


    Thomas Trbovich DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Law Office of John C Nelson--Ellicottville Office

12 Monroe Street
Ellicottville, NY, 14731

Law Office Of John C. Nelson--Arcade Office

228 Main Street
Arcade, NY, 14009

Law Office of John C Nelson--Mailing Address

PO Box 595
Ellicottville, NY, 14731




NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of New YorkNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Leadership Achievement AwardThomas M. Cooley Law School2010
Cum LaudeThomas M. Cooley Law School2010
Dedicated Service to the Student BodyCooley Student Bar Association2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Town JusticeEllicottville Town Court2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of John C. Nelson2013 - Present
AssociateThe Trbovich Firm2012 - 2013
AssociateWard & Kutzuba2010 - 2012
Extern Law ClerkDekalb County Superior Court2010 - 2010
Adjunct ProfessorGenesee Community College2010 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Defenders AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Wildflower AssociationPresident2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
Cattaraugus County Bar AssociationTreasurer/Secretary2011 - Present
New York State Bar Association, House of DelegatesDelegate2011 - Present
Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce2nd Vice President2011 - 2012
Arcade Lions ClubMember2010 - Present
Lions ClubMember2010 - Present
Curriers Rural Cemetery AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember2010 - Present
Wyoming County Bar AssociationPast Vice President2010 - Present
Student Bar AssociationFormer President2008 - 2010

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Tonawanda ScrapperDismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Arcade HeraldDOT to Mill and Fill2014
Ellicottville TimesOur Bill of Rights2013
The DocketThe Co-existence of Suspension Pending Prosecutions and Temporary Suspensions2013
The Ellicottville TimesWhy the Move Over Law Doesn’t Always Require You To ‘Move Over2013
Ellicottville TimesDWAI and Canadian Entry2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLitigationJD - Juris Doctor2010
Canisius CollegeSecondary EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Delta Kappa Gamma MeetingA Child's Perspective to Court Proceedings2013