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Tom Nelson is a Charleston attorney who practices in the areas of general civil litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, business law, criminal defense, and family law.  A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Nelson graduated from Bishop England High School in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston in 2000.  While attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, Tom Nelson worked as a law clerk in the Office of the Attorney General where he assisted in public and press relations and later worked in the Elder Care Division where he organized a seminar educating over 200 attorneys, social workers, and law enforcement officials on elder abuse law in South Carolina.  In his second year of law school, Mr. Nelson co-founded an independent law clerk service that performed legal work for various lawyers and firms. 



After receiving his Juris Doctor in 2003, Mr. Nelson has worked primarily as a trial attorney who enjoys spending time in the courtroom standing up for his clients’ rights. At home, Tom Nelson enjoys playing basketball, playing guitar, and participating in charity events.


Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Mr. Nelson as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer. The Martindale Hubbell® Directory, first published in 1896, has a 140-year history of providing unbiased peer review ratings and information to the public about the ethical standards and professional ability of attorneys. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. An AV® Rating shows that Mr. Nelson has reached the height of professional excellence. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    12 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    12 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
    12 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    12 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Dirk Julius Derrick

    Mr. Nelson produces results for his clients and is respected in his area of practice. I would recommend his services.


    Dirk Derrick Trucking accident Attorney
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  • Dmitriy Shakhnevich

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Dmitriy Shakhnevich Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Futeral & Nelson, LLC

1004 Anna Knapp Blvd.
Suite 3
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464


SCGood Standing200403/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising Stars ListSuper Lawyers2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFuteral & Nelson, LLC2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarLicensed2009 - Present
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember2005 - Present
South Carolina District CourtLicensed2005 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Onorato v. SCDMVAdverse ruling reversed by Court of Appeals
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Publication nameTitleDate
South Carolina Bar AssociationSouth Carolina Deposition Procedure Handbook2015
iTunes® BookstoreGun Laws in South Carolina - Piecing It All Together2015
iTunes® BookstoreDUI in South Carolina - Piecing It All Together2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Bar Association CLESouth Carolina Deposition Procedure2015