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Krysia Carmel Nelson

Administrative law Attorney at Charlottesville, VA

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About Krysia

Learn Krysia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    Virginia Supreme Court Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge); representing clients before Virginia state agencies and horse sport organizations such as the USEF, FEI, etc.

    27 years

  2. Business
    With particular emphasis on serving the horse industry (Equine Law); transactional and corporate work and litigation; business formation and reorganization

    28 years

  3. Animal law
    animal ownership, risk management, liability and insurance issues, etc.

    28 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    Equine sales and lease contracts; boarding agreements; releases of liability; partnership agreements; residential, agricultural, and commercial leases; etc

    28 years

  5. Lawsuits and disputes
    particular emphasis on disputes involving horses or the horse industry

    28 years

  6. Appeals
    Specializing in federal criminal appeals; re-appointed to the CJA Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; US Supreme Court

    25 years

  7. Federal crime
    Felony and misdemeanor charges in the Western District of Virginia

    27 years

Equestrian Sports Law and Horse-Industry Related Business Law and Litigation (civil, criminal, administrative and tax).  I do what I love and I love what I do.



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Licensed for 27 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/23/2022
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of Krysia Carmel Nelson, PLC
507 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, VA, 22902


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Equine Law Expert
My daughter was willed a horse. Ownership transfer, involving the USEF, USDF, and Oldenburg Registry, was complicated and neither the estate lawyer nor the lawyer we originally retained knew what to do. After more six months of no progress, I sought out Krysia. In a little over a month, all was resolved and my daughter had clear ownership. Krysia is very personable, consistently prompt and clear in her communications, acts quickly and decisively, and exudes confidence. We cannot say enough about how her able and attentive support eased what had been a trying and stressful time for my daughter. Very highly recommended. One more point. What had also sought out Krysia on another occasion several years ago. Her support then was as it was now - superb!
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2011
Krysia knows her stuff and is incredibly helpful!
Krysia's first-hand experience in the horse industry is invaluable, because she really understands the expectations people in the business will have in almost any given situation. As a result, no matter what the problem, Krysia can hone in on what the real bone of contention will be and focus on getting disputes resolved without wasting her client's time and/or money. Other attorneys like to do more work so they can earn more fees and justify their existence. But Krysia understands that the last thing anyone wants to spend money on is a lawyer, so she does what needs to be done without racking up the hours and her fees. She is very easy to reach, almost anytime and anywhere, and is the first person I call when I have a problem I am not sure how to handle.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Hearing Officer/Administrative Law Judge
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • 2000 - Present
  • CJA Panel Attorney
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 1996 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Krysia Carmel Nelson
  • 1995 - Present
  • Editor and Publisher of Legal newsletter
  • Equine Law Enterprises, LLC
  • 1994 - Present
  • Complaint Appeal Reviewer
  • Virginia Department of Education
  • 2005 - 2016
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • State Racing Board v. Trainer
  • Charges against trainer were dismissed
  • U.S. v. Jackson
  • 706 F. 3d 264
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. Dog Owner
  • Charges against the dog owner were dismissed
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  • Dartmouth Club of Central Virginia
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • Bar of the United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, CJA Panel
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Horse Center Foundation
  • Officer and Director
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Amateur Owner Champion, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • World Championship Hunter Rider Series
  • 2011
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • N/A


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, 23rd Annual National Conference on Equine Law
  • Lease Agreements
  • 2008
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, 17th Annual National Conference on Equine Law
  • Liability for Undisclosed Commissions in Equine Sales Transactions
  • 2002
  • University of Kentucky College of Law 12th Annual National Conference on Equine Law
  • Horse Activities Engaged in for Profit (or Not?)
  • 1997
  • Kentucky Law Journal
  • Equine Activity Liability Acts: A Discussion of Those in Existence and Suggestions for a Model Act
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Conference on Equine Law
  • Service Animals
  • 2013
  • Animal Law Seminar
  • Animal Law
  • 2013
  • Equine Law 101
  • Equine Law
  • 2012
  • CLE
  • Service Animals
  • 2012
  • Virginia Horse Council Annual Meeting
  • Equine Liability and Risk Management
  • 2009
  • Law School Class
  • Special Education Law
  • 2009
  • Animal Law Seminar
  • Service Animals
  • 2009
  • Animal Law Seminar
  • Animal Law
  • 2009
  • Annual Special Education Hearing Officer Training
  • Hearing Officer Ethics
  • 2007
  • Master of Foxhounds Association
  • Equine Liability and Risk Management
  • 2004
  • Bridge the Gap
  • Business Entities
  • 2000
  • National Equine Law Conference
  • Tax
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Animal law Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Krysia. I have known her and worked with her for 20 years. She is a hard working, conscientious and smart attorney. And she is so incredibly knowledgeable about equine law in particular that I always consult with her first when I or my partners confront an issue involving horses."
Animal law Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Friend
"I've known Krysia before she graduated from law school when she contributed to written materials for my first speech at the National Conference on Equine Law. Then, as today, she was committed to being an effective and knowledgeable lawyer who would provide her clients with the highest possible quality of service. Not only does she serve her community honorably and capably, but she also provides excellent service to the equine industry."