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Equestrian Sports Law and Horse-Industry Related Business Law and Litigation (civil, criminal, administrative and tax).  I do what I love and I love what I do.




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  1. Administrative Law: 40%
    19 years
  2. Business: 15%
    20 years
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    20 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    20 years
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Timbrell Wren

    I endorse Krysia. I have known her and worked with her for 20 years. She is a hard working, conscientious and smart attorney. And she is so incredibly knowledgeable about equine law in particular that I always consult with her first when I or my partners confront an issue involving horses.


    Jonathan Wren Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Julie I. Fershtman

    I've known Krysia before she graduated from law school when she contributed to written materials for my first speech at the National Conference on Equine Law. Then, as today, she was committed to being an effective and knowledgeable lawyer who would provide her clients with the highest possible quality of service. Not only does she serve her community honorably and capably, but she also provides excellent service to the equine industry.


    Julie Fershtman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Law Offices of Krysia Carmel Nelson, PLC

507 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA, 22902


FLMember in Good Standing201510/08/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199509/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Amateur Owner Champion, Mid-Atlantic RegionWorld Championship Hunter Rider Series2011
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American LawN/A
BV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Complaint Appeal ReviewerVirginia Department of Education2005 - Present
Hearing Officer/Administrative Law JudgeVirginia Supreme Court2000 - Present
CJA Panel AttorneyUS Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit1996 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Krysia Carmel Nelson1995 - Present
Editor and Publisher of Legal newsletterEquine Law Enterprises, LLC1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dartmouth Club of Central VirginiaPresident2011 - Present
Virginia Horse Center FoundationOfficer and Director2009 - 2011
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtMember1999 - Present
4th Circuit Court of Appeals, CJA PanelMember1996 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1995 - Present
Charlottesville-Albemarle AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USA v. CarringtonAffirmed on remand after successful appeal to US Supreme Court
USA v. ThomasAfter oral argument before 4th Cir. Court of Appeals, client's sentence was significantly reduced
U.S. v. Jackson706 F. 3d 264
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Publication nameTitleDate
Phelpssports.comEquine Law Commentator2011
University of Kentucky College of Law, 23rd Annual National Conference on Equine LawLease Agreements2008
University of Kentucky College of Law, 17th Annual National Conference on Equine LawLiability for Undisclosed Commissions in Equine Sales Transactions2002
University of Kentucky College of Law 12th Annual National Conference on Equine LawHorse Activities Engaged in for Profit (or Not?)1997
Kentucky Law JournalEquine Activity Liability Acts: A Discussion of Those in Existence and Suggestions for a Model Act1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Dartmouth CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Equine Law 101Equine Law2016
National Conference on Equine LawService Animals2013
Animal Law SeminarAnimal Law2013
Equine Law 101Equine Law2012
CLEService Animals2012
Virginia Horse Council Annual MeetingEquine Liability and Risk Management2009
Law School ClassSpecial Education Law2009
Animal Law SeminarService Animals2009
Animal Law SeminarAnimal Law2009
Annual Special Education Hearing Officer TrainingHearing Officer Ethics2007
Master of Foxhounds AssociationEquine Liability and Risk Management2004
Bridge the GapBusiness Entities2000
National Equine Law ConferenceTax1997