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Eric was born and raised in Seattle (Capitol Hill neighborhood) and attended O'Dea High School. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1988, Eric obtained his law degree, with honors (cum laude), from Pepperdine University Law School in 1992. He began his legal career in 1992 by forming the law firm of Nelson & Associates, P.S. with his father, Richard Nelson.


Although Eric practiced in a variety of legal fields early in his career, he quickly determined that his passion was representing those that have been injured and disadvantaged.  As a result, he began focusing his law practice on personal injury.  In 2006, Eric was named a "Rising Star Super Lawyer" by the Washington Law & Politics Magazine.  Since that time, he has been named as a "SuperLawyer" by his peers and the Washington Law & Politics Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


In March of 2008, Eric formed the personal injury law firm of Nelson & Johnson, PLLC. Eric enjoyed great success representing injured parties while practicing at Nelson & Johnson, PLLC.

In 2015, Eric formed his current firm of Nelson Injury Law, PLLC, a Seattle-based personal injury law firm. Through Nelson Injury Law, PLLC, Eric continues to dedicate his practice to helping out people that have been injured by others' negligence and wrongdoing. 

Eric is licensed to practice law in Washington State and the United States District Court, Western District of Washington.  He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and the Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle Member).  Eric has also been appointed on numerous occasions to act as an Arbitrator for the King County Superior Court.



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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 35%
    23 years, 500 cases
  2. Slip and Fall Accident: 30%
    23 years, 100 cases
  3. Animal & Dog Bites: 20%
    23 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 15%
    23 years, 50 cases



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Thomas Kearney

    Eric is a great lawyer. He puts the necessary effort into analyzing, researching, and working up his cases. He truly cares about his clients.


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  • Coleman Peter Hengesbach

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Contact info

Nelson Injury Law, PLLC

1700 Seventh Avenue.
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101-4416


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer 2013Washington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super Lawyer 2012Washington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super Lawer 2011Washington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super Lawyer 2010Washington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Washington Rising Star Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Cum LaudePepperdine Law School1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner-AttorneyNelson Injury Law, PLLC2015 - Present
Arbitrator (pro tem)King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program2008 - Present
Owner-AttorneyNelson & Johnson, PLLC2008 - 2014
Owner - AttorneyNelson & Associates, P.S.1992 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2015 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1996 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Luiten v. City of SeattleSettlement at mediation for $400,000.
McMahon v. Costas OpaSettlement for $100,000
Alexander v. RobertsSettlement for $370,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Website PublicationTop 5 mistakes people make after getting in a collision.2015
Website PublicationWhy Personal Injury Protection “PIP” and Uninsured-Underinsured “UIM” coverage is important.2015
Website publicationSecrets from a SuperLawyer: 10 Tips That Win Cases!2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UPS StudentsSummary Judgment Motions2013
Personal Injury BasicsPersonal Injury Basics for Attorneys and Staff2012
Product Liability Issues Related to Mechanical EngineeringProducts Liability2008