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John William Nelson

Consumer protection Attorney at Duluth, GA

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 3 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 13 years
    Georgia - GA 15 years
    Tennessee - TN 16 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2020
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Consumer protection
    I sue debt collectors for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other consumer protection laws.

    15 years

  2. Debt settlement
    I represent debtors against debt collectors. I charge affordable flat fees. I force debt collectors to prove their case, and I protect the rights of my clients. I use the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act to ensure debt collectors play by the rules and that my clients are compensated when they do not.

    15 years

  3. Litigation
    I represent clients in court for a number of different types of cases. These involves business litigation, contract litigation, tort litigation, and more. Sometimes you have to go to court, and when I go for my clients I ensure my their rights are protected and enforced.

    15 years

  4. Business
    I represent companies at all stages of business–from startups to early stages companies, from mature companies to companies winding down, I help shepherd my clients through the legal issues facing their company.

    15 years

  5. Trademark application
    I help people and companies file trademarks to protect their companies, their products, and their selves. I provide a review of the legal issues facing a client's trademark before I file it in order to reduce the likelihood of the trademark application being rejected. I charge affordable flat fees, not hourly fees.

    15 years

I'm a product of DeKalb County, Georgia.  I attended the DeKalb County school system until 11th grade.  From 11th and 12th grade I attended George Walton Academy in Monroe, Georgia.  After high school, I spent 4 years at the University of Georgia learning about history and watching some good football.

I helped a friend start his own law firm after I graduated from college.  I learned a lot from this experience and decided I wanted to become a lawyer.  This led me to Cumberland School of Law, part of Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama.

I spent 3 years in Birmingham learning about the law.  I took every single litigation class offered at Cumberland Law School.  I was a member of both the Trial Advocacy Board and the Moot Court Board.  I participated in mock trials at Cumberland, and I represented Cumberland in the American Bar Association's NAAC Moot Court Competition.  My Moot Court Team won our regional competition in Dallas and competed in the national finals tournament in Chicago.  I became a member of the Order of Barristers because of my oral advocacy and legal writing skills.

At Cumberland I was a member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.  I rose to the level of Senior Associate Editor.  The Journal published one of my papers while I was still a student about when the government can search your electronics during a border crossing.  Border Confidential: Why Searches of Laptop Computers at the Border Should Require Reasonable Suspicion, 31 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 137 (2007).

After Cumberland, my wife and I spent a year in Norwich, England, at the University of East Anglia's Norwich School of Law ("UEA").  I studied international law, focusing on intellectual property and information technology law.  I received a Master of Laws (LLM, or Legum Magister in fancy Latin) from UEA with distinction.  I won the award for the best dissertation, and my dissertation was later published by the McGeorge Law Review.  The Virtual Property Problem: What property rights in virtual resources might look like, how they might work, and why they are a bad idea, 41 McGeorge Law Review 281 (2010).

My wife and I moved back to Georgia, and I began working for a locl government lawyer in Covington, Georgia.  That firm represented Newton County, Georgia, as well as a number of other governmental organizations.  I learned a lot about government law, property law, and environmental law, and tried my first jury trial.

I then worked for Professional Boundaries Inc ("PBI") for about a year as their Chief Legal Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  PBI is a small, but national education company focusing on ethics and professionalism training in various professional industries, but primarily within the medical field.

I then opened my own law firm.  My law firm focuses on representing regular folks and small businesses.  I represent consumers fighting against companies that have lied, cheated, or hurt them.  I represent small businesses and guide them through the process of formation and growth.  I represent technology startups and the unique issues they face.

At the Nelson Law Chambers LLC, we protect people.  We protect property.  And we protect small businesses.


The Nelson Law Chambers LLC
2180 Satellite Blvd
Suite 400
Duluth, GA, 30097

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Posted by Pam | June 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best attorney, hands down!
This was my first time having to hire an attorney and I honestly believe John Nelson is a gift from God. I have had to use him on two occasions and he also represented a relative another case. ALL of those cases came out in our favor. He truly works tirelessly for the little guy. Plus, he's genuinely a nice guy. If you need an attorney, please don't hesitate to hire John Nelson, you won't regret it!
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Posted by Monica S. | April 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hire this lawyer!
We hired him to help us with a lawsuit from a credit card company that turned out to not be valid. John Nelson is knowledgeable about exactly what our rights were and he knew how to handle it. He is great to work with as well. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I highly recommend that you hire him to help you!
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cases settled!
John has been helping me for serveral cases with different firms and he has always been on top of it and very thorough! And we won and settled all cases he represented. I would definitely send all referrals to his firm.
Posted by JS | June 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Exceptional service
For my first time using a lawyer, I had a very pleasant experience with Mr. John William Nelson. He was very easy to contact, not only by phone but by e-mail as well. He was thorough in answering my questions and explaining everything at hand. He really made me feel comfortable. His analysis and strategy for handling my cases was "spot-on" and resulted in best-case settlements. He was able to negotiate a settlement deal that I was comfortable with. He also he did not make any assumptions or move forward with anything without letting me know what was happening. I would be comfortable using him again as well as referring people to use his services. He is a very professional attorney who respects his clients. I strongly recommend you consider Mr. John William Nelson for your legal representation.
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Posted by Rudolph | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Representation at its best
I came across John Nelson on the internet while recovering from a brief but disappointing association with another attorney who had assured me I had no case. Determined not to capitulate and knowing I had sustained a legitimate loss, I called John Nelson. Mr. Nelson's assessment of my issue was very different from what I had previously been told. What impressed me most was Mr. Nelson's understanding of the wrong I had endured as well as his desire to obtain fairness and justice for me. After lengthily discussion of the details of my case we did, eventually, get around to discussing terms of service matters which I found completely satisfactory and reasonable and with no unforeseen financial risk to myself. While the potential financial benefit of prevailing in my case was at best modest, Mr. Nelson non-the-less pursued the case with persistence and determination and in the end did prevail. I received great satisfaction in my association with Mr. Nelson, not only because we prevailed but also because I have no doubt Mr. Nelson feels , as I do, that fairness and justice are obtainable and are, in fact their own rewards. John William Nelson is highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Consulted regarding vendor problems
I have a minor problem with an International vendor that John has advised on in response to my e-mail inquiry. The advise was sound, well thought and very logically laid out. I do appreciate the time, patience and thoughtful advice provided. I will seriously consider using his services for anything applicable that comes up in the future. Thanks again John
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic FDCPA representation
John did an outstanding job on my FDCPA case! I highly recommend him to anyone that needs a consumer attorney.
Posted by Kim | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collection Debt Dismissed with Prejudice
I contacted Nelson Law Chambers because I was dealing with a very spiteful collections agency. John was very professional and thorough. His in-depth knowledge of the law and how it relates to my case resulted in my case being dismissed with prejudice without me having to ever set foot in a court-room. He will take the time to explain the various option and point you in the direction that is best for you. He is very professional, but very relatable. He is also very trustworthy. I highly recommend John and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
I contacted Mr. Nelson about a credit card debt that had gone to collections. The collection agency was over zealous in attempting to collect the debt. Mr. Nelson contacted the agency and was able to negotiate a settlement payment from them. He also negotiated a full release with the company holding the debt. He stayed in contact with me and kept me updated throughout these procedures. I am very satisfied with his services.
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Posted by Dan | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust !
John W. Nelson represented my wife and me in a few magistrate court cases. We were extremely satisfied with how John represented us and resolved each case. John is a very thorough and competent professional who always had our best interests in mind. He is prompt, reliable and results oriented. John is a great communicator and a partner you can trust!
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Posted by Tom | April 24, 2015
Handled Bad Debt Collection with Ease!
I engaged John on a bad debt issue where a collection company filed a claim against me in court and then refused any attempt to resolve the claim other than payment in full. John was prompt and courteous in his discussions with me and kept me in the loop throughout the process. He had the claim completely dismissed within 30 days of my engagement with him. I am extremely impressed and recommend John to anyone dealing with aggressive collection efforts.
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Posted by James | January 15, 2015
Mr Nelson did a great job. He got a 7000 dollar credit card debt erased. He got it dismissed with prejudice which means they can't come after me in the future and I never stepped foot in a courtroom
Posted by Jeremy | December 20, 2014
A Note from A Real Client!
I, like many of you received a summons from a collections agency that claimed they represented a bank and stated boldly that I owed them over nine thousand dollars. I surfed the net and found John William Nelson. He told me he thought he could get that erased and to make a long story short he did! John is very trust worthy and honest. He filed all my paperwork for me, explained the process and always kept me informed. If you looking for an attorney that will get results, John Nelson is the guy.
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Posted by SL | November 20, 2014
Trustworthy attorney
I had a bit of a credit card dispute and contacted a few attorneys who said I should file for bankruptcy. I ended up researching more debt attorneys in hopes of another solution since I didn't owe a great deal of money and ended up connecting with John. He was able to help resolve the issue and settle it in a timely manner and was completely respectful and trustworthy! You can tell he cares about his clients needs and listens to you to help you find the best solution to your situation. I highly recommend John!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-45%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • The Nelson Law Chambers LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Professional Boundaries, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Wm. Thomas Craig
  • 2009 - 2010


  • University of East Anglia, Norwich School of Law
  • LL.M.
  • 2010
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • University of Georgia
  • A.B.
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wiggins v. Lazega & Johanson LLC et al
  • Settled Confidentially
  • John v. Cooling & Winter LLC et al
  • Settled Confidentially
  • Werdelin v. Greene & Cooper LLP et al
  • Settled confidentially
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  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Chair of the Consumer Law Section
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Fulton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Order of Barristers
  • Cumberland Law School Chapter
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Tools for Information Literary Class
  • Choosing Open Source Copyright Licenses
  • 2015
  • Association for Law, Property, and Society 2011 Conference
  • The Law and the Meaning of Mine
  • 2013
  • Instructional Technology Librarian Course
  • Copyright: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Law
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (29)
Endorse John
Consumer protection Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have spoken with John over the years many times and recently had the pleasure of working a case together (which we got a great result for our client). John is both a fantastic attorney and a down to earth easy to talk to person. I will continue to recommend him to anyone in his area."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unreservedly recommend Mr. Nelson. Mr. Nelson fights tirelessly for his clients, who are often disadvantaged and victimized."
Debt settlement Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is highly skilled in consumer protection and debt settlement. In my divorce cases, I oftentimes find clients who are in difficult financial straits. I send every one of them to John when they need help. I am happy to endorse John Nelson."
Consumer protection Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a brilliant attorney who serves consumers in Georgia well."
Consumer protection Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the best, if not the best, consumer protection litigators I know. Anytime I have a question or need help on a matter, he is the guy I call."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"John was my law clerk before he was an attorney, and I was incredibly impressed with his work ethic. After law school, I was John's mentor. I was particularly impressed at how his questions always centered around his clients and what was in his clients' best interests. John has a real passion for law and for helping people in need. When he takes on a case, his client can be assured that he will be passionate about his representation. Any person seeking an attorney would do well to hire John."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known John for a long time, and strongly endorse him. Anytime a client has a debt collection issue (which is more often than you might expect), I send them his way. They've all given really positive feedback about John."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is well-versed in and passionate about consumer protection. He is always pushing hard for his clients' interests, and is a useful asset to others in the field."
Consumer protection Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked as Mr. Nelson's associate attorney for over one year and there is not enough glowing remarks I can make on Mr. Nelson's behalf. First and foremost, Mr. Nelson is a professional and works tirelessly for his clients to ensure they get the best results possible. Second, Mr. Nelson is a people person and is a compassionate advocate for his clients. Third, Mr. Nelson loves talking to his clients and providing not only top notch legal services but also counsels his clients because he truly cares. Fourth, Mr. Nelson is a ruthless, dogged attorney whose name and reputation among debt collection lawyers is one to be taken seriously. Finally, Mr. Nelson loves his work. He is one of if not the smartest lawyers I have ever had the privilege to work under and the lessons he bestowed upon me are ones I intend to carry forward for the remainder of my legal profession. So, if you want an advocate who will ignore you or treat you with disrespect, Mr. Nelson is not the lawyer for you."
Consumer protection Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the most tenacious lawyers I know. He is hard-working, highly intelligent, and dogged in his pursuit of getting the right results for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend John to any of my friends or family as I know he will do a great job."
Litigation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the most talented and brilliant lawyers in his field who brings the benefits of energy, enthusiasm and experience in zealous representation of his clients. John is our "go to" guy for all debt settlement and business litigation issues."
Litigation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with John on quite a few cases and I found him to be hard working, compassionate, and a true advocate for his clients. Not only is he a good lawyer, but he is a good person who will fight for his clients."
Debt settlement Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has all three of the qualities I most admire in attorneys; curiosity, enthusiasm and tenacity. We both practice in the general area of defending debt collection and consumer protection and I am often impressed in our conversations with his grasp of the issues and the knowledge he has acquired regarding the collection industry and the motives and practices of debt collectors. Attorneys cannot guarantee the outcome of lawsuits, but they can guarantee the quality of the work to be performed. You are in good hands with John."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an energetic defender and advocate who has great curiosity. He is thorough and likes to learn everything about a topic in order to be prepared for whatever the other side throws at him. He has the brains and inquisitive nature necessary to practice in intellectual property. He has the competitive spirit necessary to win at trial. He loves to laugh, so working with him is a pleasure."
Business Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with John on several litigation matters, general local government representation and debt collection defense. John is an exceptional transactions attorney and a tenacious litigator. The combination of these skills makes him the ideal counsel for local and international businesses. John is passionate about the law and devoted to achieving the best results for his clients. His character and ethics are superior. I enjoyed working with John and endorse him for his expertise in Business, Litigation, and Debt Settlement."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a fine advocate for each and every client. He has a working knowledge of the law and a thirst for cutting edge expertise in every case he is working on. He is a tireless fighter and is well respected by his colleagues and his opposing counsel."
Debt settlement Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From my years of having known John since law school, I can say that I have been consistently impressed with his drive not to only remain up to date with complex changes in laws, but to also disseminate knowledge to the public through his publications. I would definitely recommend John to friends and family."
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