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Michael Edward Nelson

Michael Edward Nelson

Practice areas:

Brain Injury, Insurance, Personal Injury

About Me

Mike Nelson is a litigator with 31 years experience. A brain injury survivor, he is committed to helping those who continue to suffer devastating brain damage and serious injury. This year his TBI cases involving the Washington State DOT for negligent installation of cable barriers and another involving King County for an inadequate traffic control plan resolved for over a million dollars.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Brain Injury: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Insurance: 25%



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • James Stephen Sorrels

    I met Mike Nelson about 35 years ago. He was already devoted to helping injured people while I was, back then, still a "general practitioner" handling a few injury cases. My seeing Mike always fighting the good fight was a factor in my decision to commit myself entirely to working for injured people. I've seen Mike become a leader among lawyers helping injured people against insurance companies and corporations. He is a trusted advisor to even the most experienced lawyers; I still call him for advice. His devotion and preparation of his client's cases is second to none; he is one of the few lawyers actually respected and feared by insurance companies; he has built a firm of exceptional and passionate staff and lawyers, and he is an honorable man. I am in the same field of law, but I don't put myself in the same class. It's been my good fortune to know Mike Nelson.


    James Sorrels Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    It is hard to conceive of a more qualified attorney to work with than Mike. Aside from the phenomenal job he did for one of my clients he has helped make Washington a safer place to live. His recent victory for Zach Lystedt is representative of the quality of his work. Lawyers rarely prevent injuries but in Mike's case high school athletes will forever be safer due to his efforts.


    Douglas Wilson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Nelson Blair Langer Engle, PLLC

12055 - 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA, 98125-6454



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Law Politics2014
Super LawyerWashington Law Politics2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Washington Law & Politics MagazineSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Certification of AppreciationWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2001
Certification of AppreciationWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2001

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle MemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Brain Injury AssociationMemberN/A
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonMemberN/A
North American Brain Injury SocietyMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
Trial Bar NewsWhat we all fear - a disabling brain injury that prevents us from practicing law - Plus R-67's perfect timing2008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget SoundLawN/A1974
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Brain Injury SeminarHuman Damages2014
The NABIS Seventh Annual Conference on Brain InjuryLystedt Law - Attorneys Do the Right Thing2009
Colorado Bar Annual ConventionHandling Brain Injury Cases2009
WSTLA New Memeber Brown Bag MeetingInsurance Fair Conduct Act2008
Seattle RoundtableIFCA - How It Can Be Used & How to Begin the Process2008
KCBA GAL TrainingResolution of Claims Against the Recovery2008
30th Annual Insurance Law SeminarThe ERISA Apocalypse: Is The End Near?2008
ERISA and Sereboff Insurance LawERISA-New & Unsettling Developments2007
SeizureSeizures & Psychological Connections in Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation2006
Maximizing Client Healthcare DollarsCombining PIP and Medical Coverage2006
Proving Case To InsurerProving the Case to the Insurer2005
Independant Medical ExamsMike's List and Fred Langer's Disability CR36 Twists2005
Arbitration at HearingPresenting Your Arbitration at the Hearing2005
Auto Cases SeminarMaterial On Bad Faith, Colossus, Farmers and Frivolity2004
Hot TopicsMotion To Deny Defense CR35 Medical Exam2003
Medical ReportsThe Uses of Oral Medical Reports2001
Brain InjuriesUnderstanding and Developing the Claim for Damages2001
Understanding Brain INjury CasesEnchanting Settlement Value1999
Auto Cases-The Road to SuccessHow To Prevent PIP from Contaminating Your Case1999