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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 95%
  2. Appeals: 5%



Hourly ($275-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Philip Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is a fantastic lawyer who has many years of experience helping her clients obtain lawful permanent resident status, work authorization, waivers, and citizenship in the United States. Nicole's ability to speak Spanish is very helpful for her Spanish speaking clients and family members.


    Philip Smith Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brent W Renison

    Nicole Nelson is an amazing advocate for her clients, and gets results in even the most difficult cases. She is exceedingly smart and fights hard for her clients because she is conscientious and cares about the people who entrust their case to her. I endorse her without reservation.


    Brent Renison Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Nelson Smith LLP

208 SW First Avenue, Suite 360
Portland, OR, 97204

1050 Bishop Street #334
Honolulu, HI, 96813



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersSuper Lawyer2015
Super LawyersSuper Lawyer2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNELSON|SMITH, LLP2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McLeod v. Mukasey, No. 07-70694 (9th Cir..)Remand
Rivas-Gomez v. Gonzales, No. 03-72087 (9th Cir.)Remand
Lazli v. USCIS, Case No. 05-CV-1680-BR (D.Or.)Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration Law and ProcedureAliens with Extraordinary Ability2011
Immigration Law and ProcedureAdjustment of Status to Permanent Residence2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA NW Regional ConferenceTrial Skills in District Court2009
AILA National ConferenceAsylum One Year Bar2007
AILA NW Regional ConferenceAsylum2006
AILA NW Regional ConferenceCancellation of Removal2005
The Price of Freedom: Who Pays?Immigration2003