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John C Nelson

also known as John Nelson

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


  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 

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  • 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

  • Nikole M Wynn

    John Nelson is a stellar attorney. I have witnessed him in practice and interacting with clients, and I have to say, he goes above and beyond what is required of an attorney. He is dedicated to providing his clients with the best defense available and he truly lives up to the term “zealous advocacy.” Not only is John an excellent attorney, but he is a well-rounded individual and has been a personal mentor to me as well. Although we no longer work in the same office, I still look to John as a source of guidance and information. John has gone out of his way to help me gain experience in local courts and his insight has been invaluable. I highly recommend John for any criminal matter.


    Nikole Wynn Speeding & Traffic Ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Law Office of John C Nelson--Ellicottville Office

12 Monroe Street
Ellicottville, NY, 14731

Law Office of John C Nelson--Mailing Address

PO Box 595
Ellicottville, NY, 14731



NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015
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
OwnerLaw Office of John C. Nelson2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGenesee Community College2010 - Present
Town JusticeEllicottville Town Court2013 - 2015
AssociateThe Trbovich Firm2012 - 2013
AssociateWard & Kutzuba2010 - 2012
Extern Law ClerkDekalb County Superior Court2010 - 2010
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
Wyoming County Bar AssociationPast Vice President2011 - 2012
Arcade Lions ClubMember2010 - Present
Lions ClubMember2010 - Present
Curriers Rural Cemetery AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember2010 - 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 SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Canisius CollegeSecondary EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Delta Kappa Gamma MeetingA Child's Perspective to Court Proceedings2013