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Hello!  I'm Edward Nelson and I've worked as a lawyer in Washington State for over 13 years.  During that time, I've had the opportunity to help thousands of people defend themselves against serious criminal, traffic, and immigration charges.

Earlier in life, one of the best decisions I ever made was to join the United States Army.  My eight years of service helped form my character and values.  

I was also lucky enough to be chosen for training as a Korean intelligence analyst.  That experience allowed me to develop a strong relationship with Korea, some great Korean people, and a wonderful Korean culture that I have enjoyed for over 30 years.

Today, I try to use those experiences to provide a personal approach in helping our clients confront their individual situations.  Each person's experiences and cultural background have a profound affect on their reaction to being charged with a crime, being cited for a traffic infraction, or making a decision regarding immigration status.  We have the experience and patience necessary to help anyone facing these important issues in their life. 


Languages spoken: English, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    15 years
  2. Immigration: 25%
    15 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 25%
    15 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 25%
    15 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Philip N Petersen

    I've known Ed for a long time, you will not find a nicer guy to represent you. Ed is respected by the courts and prosecutors, and always shows up to court well prepared. I endorse him without reserve.


    Philip Petersen DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Peggy M. Raddatz

    Attorney Nelson is an asset to the Avvo community. His answers regarding criminal, traffic, and immigration law are on point and extremely helpful to the public. I endorse Attorney Nelson.


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Contact info

Federal Way Office Center
2505 S 320th St Ste 420
Federal Way, WA, 98003-5474


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyEdward Nelson Law Offices2003 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office Of Barbara A. Bowden, PS2000 - 2003
Computer SpecialistUnited States Department Of Veterans Affairs1992 - 2000
Intelligence AnalystUnited States Army Active Duty1983 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma/Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Immigration deferred actionApproved
Reduction of 2nd DUI chargeReduced, no jail
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesA driver's options during a typical DUI investigation in Washington State2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of WashingtonKorean StudiesMasters Degree1996
Eastern Washington UniversityHistoryBA1994
Defense Language InstituteKoreanBasic and Intermediate Programs1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Master's Degree Thesis Defense노태우 대통령1996