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Deborah M Nelson

Deborah M Nelson

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Insurance, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

About Me

Deborah Nelson is  a  Past President of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. She has been honored by her peers receiving the "Super Lawyer" designation from Washington Law & Politics each year since 2003. Deborah's professionalism and passion for her clients are hallmarks of her law practice. She focuses her plaintiff's personal injury practice on brain injury cases, catastrophic personal injury, and insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigation.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    21 years
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
    21 years
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
    21 years
  4. Insurance: 15%
    21 years
  5. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%
    21 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Bennett Asbury Hutson

    Ms. Nelson is a skilled, compassionate advocate who knows how to achieve the very best results for her clients. If you have a serious matter, meet with her and her team - you'll be glad you did.

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    Bennett Hutson DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Martin W. Judnich

    Ms. Nelson is a very experienced attorney that often contributes to complex areas of the law.

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    Martin Judnich DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Nelson Boyd, PLLC

411 University Street
Suite 1200
Seattle, WA, 98101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199306/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Notable AlumniArmstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GE2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Woman of DistinctionSoroptimist International of Port Angeles2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Best Lawyer in Clallam CountyPeninsula Daily News2005
Super LawyerN/A2005
Best Lawyer in Clallam CountyPeninsula Daily News2004
Super LawyerN/A2004
Best Lawyer in Clallam CountyPeninsula Daily News2003
Super LawyerN/A2003
Alvin Anderson AwardN/A2001
Distinguished Service AwardClallam County Pro Bono LawyersN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBoyd Trial Consulting2009 - Present
PartnerNelson Boyd, PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerNelson Langer Nelson, PLLC2007 - 2009
AttorneyDeborah Nelson Willis, P.S.1997 - 2006
AttorneyWilliams Law Office1994 - 1997
Judicial Law ClerkKitsap County Superior Court1993 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association for Justice, Insurance Law SectionMember2010 - Present
American Association for Justice, Insurance Law SectionSecretary2010 - Present
Public JusticeMember2009 - Present
Convention Planning Committee, American Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum member2009 - 2010
Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Justice List, American Association for JusticeMember2008 - 2010
The Melvin M. Belli SocietyBoard Member2008 - Present
The Melvin M. Belli SocietyMember - Marketing Committee2008 - Present
Executive Committee, American Association for JusticeMember2007 - 2008
Council of Presidents, American Association for JusticePresident2007 - 2008
Platinum "M" Club, American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
The Melvin S. Belli SocietyFellow2006 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Council of Presidents, American Association for JusticeMember2005 - 2008
Jefferson County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Lawyers Association TrustBoard Member2001 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1996 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1996 - Present
Soroptimist International of Port AngelesMember1994 - 2007
Clallam County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1993 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1991 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Trial Magazine-American Association for Justice (AAJ)Shutting the Door on Legal Malpractice2015
Trial (American Association for Justice)Book Review: Delay Deny Defend - Why Insurance Companies Don't Pay Claims and What You Can Do About It2011
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersNew Eagle Members Fly In From Out of State2010
Washington State Association for Justice - Motor Vehicle Accident DeskbookPIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid2010
Washington State Association for JusticeApplying the Consumer Protection Act and Insurance Fair Conduct Act for Full Recovery of Extracontractual Damages2009
Trial (American Association for Justice)The Importance of Using Lay Witnesses in Proving the Effect that Traumatic Brain Injuries Have on Your Client's Life2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsA New Year, a new name, a new place2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsPreserving our System of Justice2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsHelp our clients help others2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsLaw Day: A lawyer's Holiday2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsLouis Brandeis, legal hero2007
washington state tProud to be a trial lawyer2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsWow, what a year!2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsPrivileged to lead2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsDeborah's excellent adventure in Washington, D.C. (a.k.a. why you should join ATLA)2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsA Season of Thankfulness2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsFamily law attorneys are trial lawyers too2006
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersMaking Insurers Pay for Wrongful Denial of PIP Benefits2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsNew Campaign May Take Tort Deform To Ballot2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Automobile Accident & Litigation DeskbookPIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid2000
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsState Farm found in bad faith for cutting of PIP benefits1996

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctorate1993
Armstrong Atlantic State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Winter Conference, Lake TahoeTips for Keeping the Medical Insurer from Mucking Up Your Liability Case2015
Winning with Witnesses SeminarSelecting and Prepping Your Client2015
Summer Convention, Montreal, QuebecTips for Keeping the Medical Insurer from Mucking Up Your Liability Case2015
Multnomah County Bar AssociationObservations from the Catbird Seat: The Five Jurors I see in Every Focus Group2015
Melvin M. Belli Society Seminar, MontrealObservations from the Catbird Seat: The Five Jurors I see in Every Focus Group2015
Deposing the Claims Adjuster WebinarUsing Civil Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions to Bind the Insurer for the Adjuster's Conduct2015
Annual Conference, Sun Valley, IDObservations from the Catbird Seat: The Five Jurors I see in Every Focus Group2015
Winter Conference, Lake TahoeTips for Winning Premises Liability Cases2014
Annual Convention, BaltimoreEthical Issues in Insurance2014
Winter Conference, Lake TahoeLegal Malpractice: Don't Be The Defendant2013
Summer Conference, MauiTips for avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims2013
Ringler Radio-PodcastLong Term Disability Insurance Denials: Pitfalls for the Unwary2013
National WebinarDealing with Treating Providers and Experts (your and theirs) on Traumatic Brain Injury Cases2013
Bringing Home the Winning Verdict SeminarDemonstration of a Closing Argument2013
Law ReviewInsurance Coverage Litigation2012
Annual ConventionAssessing, Preparing and Executing Bad Faith Claims While Litigating the Coverage Case2011
Winter ConferenceUsing the Consumer Protection Act to Leverage Your Client's Insurance Bad Faith Claims2010
Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook SeminarPIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid2010
Mississippi Association for Justice - Annual ConventionUsing Oral Medical Reports to Prove Injuries2010
American Association for Justice - Annual ConventionUIM Insurance Litigation for Fun & Profit2010
Winter ConventionLaw Office Management2009
Motions SeminarA Motion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away - Motions for Summary Judgment of Reasonableness and Necessity of Medical Treatment2009
Kitsap County RoundtableUtilizing the Insurance Fair Conduct Act2009
Annual Melvin Belli seminarOral Medical Reports: Circumventing Defense Depositions2009
Ringler Radio - podcastLong Term Disability Insurance Important Tips for Attorneys and Policyholders2008
ERISA Update SeminarStrategies for Negotiating Reimbursement Claims2008
Dissecting the US Supreme Court’s Decision in Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. v. Glenn TeleseminarERISA litigation re: Long Term Disability Insurance2008
Annual Melvin Belli SeminarHow to Survive Subrogation in the Post Sereboff Era2008
AAJ Winter ConventionThe Importance of Lay Witnesses in Proving the Effect that Traumatic Brain Injuries Have on Your Client's Life2008
WSTLA Prague SeminarHow to Survive Subrogation in the Post Sereboff Era2007
Traumatic Brain Injury SeminarWorking with Your Experts: Tools to Maximize Their Effectiveness2007
Thurston County RoundtableInsurance Bad Faith Tips2007
Annual Melvin Belli SeminarLong Term Disability Insurance Denials2007
Annual Insurance Law SeminarSettlement By Insurance Conflict: The Influence of the Spectre of Bad Faith2007
ABVE Annual ConventionTips for Successfully Working With Attorneys in Litigation2007
Experts SeminarNeuropsychology: Demystifying the Injuries2006
Auto Cases SeminarTiming & Strategy Considerations in Bad Faith Cases2006
Tort Law Update SeminarLegislative Update: What's Been Done To Us and For Us Lately2003
25th Annual Insurance Law SeminarHot Pursuit: Deposing the Adjuster2003
Moving With Motions SeminarMotion for Reasonableness of Medical Expenses and Necessity of Medical Treatment2002
Insurance Bad Faith SeminarBad Faith: What Is It, Where You'll Find It, What To Do About It; Avoiding Mistakes in the Underlying Case2001
Insurance Law Basics SeminarBad Faith Basics: Take a Quiz2000
19th Annual Insurance Law SeminarDiscovery in Bad Faith Cases2000
Spring Training for LitigatorsBad Faith Litigation Discovery: How To Prevent Work Product Defenses1999
PIP Claims SeminarAssessing the Damage: Understanding What Damages are Recoverable in PIP Bad Faith Litigation1999
How to Use the Rules for Better Results SeminarDiscovery Motions: If the Defendant Tries to Hide the Ball, What Do You Do? Making Sure You Get It All, Fisons Motions, Privilege Logs1999
How to Hammer Allstate SeminarPIP Bad Faith: Making Them Pay1999
Chiropractors & Lawyers SeminarBad Faith in Chiropractic Cases: Making the Insurer Honor Its Contract1999
Insurance Law Basics SeminarPIP Problems: What To Do When the Carrier Cuts Your Client Off1998
Auto Cases SeminarSpotting Bad Faith & Handling PIP Claims: Making the Insurer Honor Its Contract1998
20th Annual Insurance Law SeminarBifurcation and Discovery in Bad Faith Litigation1998
Luvera SeminarPIP Bad Faith: Anticipate, Plan & Prepare1997
Legislative BriefingInsurance Coverage & Claims Disputes1997
Insurance Law Basics SeminarFirst Party Bad Faith Basics1997
Auto Cases SeminarBad Faith Claims: What To Do When They Deny PIP Coverage1997