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Eric Carlisle Nelson

About me

I graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in
1990.  In 1994 I received a Doctorate of Law (JD) degree from the
University of Minnesota.  Following that, I spent the next two years as a
judicial clerk for the distinguished Honorable Lois J. Lang, Judge of
District Court, with a workload that primarily involved the drafting of
divorce decrees, orders, and legal memoranda on a host of issues
pertaining to divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, spousal
maintenance, distribution of marital and non-marital property,
valuation of property, domestic abuse and harassment, and the like.  It
was through this position that I attained a ready wealth of knowledge in
the field of family law.
I opened my practice in 1996, and I
practice family law exclusively, with particular focus on divorce and
child custody matters, including post-decree modification of custody.  I
have successfully handled hundreds of cases of divorce (both contested
and uncontested), child custody, visitation (a/k/a parenting time),
out-of-state moves, domestic abuse, harassment, child support, spousal
maintenance, and other miscellaneous family law matters, both in and out
of court. Clients have often expressed their appreciation of my
promptness in communication, honesty and candor, and exceptional

Characteristic of my practice is a high level of
individual client attention and communication, and the highest standard
of professionalism and competence.

With a practice that is concentrated solely on family law, my clients
have the advantage of a subject familiarity that many lawyers who
practice in more than one field of law are never able to attain. 

I do not charge for an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes (telephone only).
am a respected member of the Family Law sections of both the Hennepin
County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, and am
admitted to all courts in the State of Minnesota, as well as the U.S.
Supreme Court.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Contact info

Eric C. Nelson, Attorney

250 Marquette Ave, Suite 540
Minneapolis, MN, 55401

Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
    22 years, 400 cases
  2. Divorce: 20%
    22 years, 300 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    22 years, 300 cases
  4. Child Support: 20%
    22 years, 300 cases
  5. Child Custody: 20%
    22 years, 300 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have been practicing law for almost 20 years and Mr. Nelson is the MOST dependable and honest lawyer I have ever met. I have referred many friends to him for his services and I have no doubt that I will do so many more times in the years ahead. Thank you. Robert A. Bodeau


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  • David M Anderson

    I endorse this lawyer.I have found Eric Nelson to be reliable, honest and diligent in his representation of private clients. I would not hesitate to recommend my clients to Eric for all family law matters.


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MNAuthorized to practice199407/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2007
Lead CounselLawInfo.com2005
Phi Beta KappaMacalester College1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerEric C. Nelson, Attorney1996 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkMinnesota District Court1994 - 1996
Law ClerkHanley & Dejoras, P.A.1993 - 1994
Law ClerkUnited States Dept. of Justice1992 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarMember2000 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Condominium BoardMember2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Olson v. OlsonVictory (OFP was upheld on appeal).
Johnson v. IberVictory (COLA reversed on appeal).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaDivorce & Minnesota Residency2014
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaDivorce and Tax Refunds2014
MinnesotaDivorce.comAppeals in Minnesota Divorce and Other Family Law Cases2011
MinnesotDivorce.comChild Support in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comAdultery in Minnesota Divorce Cases2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comAnnulments in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comChild Custody Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce and Custody Cases2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comProperty & Debt Allocation in Minnesota Divorce2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comMay I Move the Children Out of State After the Finalization of a Minnesota Divorce or Child Custody Case?2011
Avvo.comDirty Tricks to Watch Out For in Minnesota Divorce Cases2011
DivorceSource.comDirty Tricks in Minnesota Divorce, and How to Avoid Them2011
MInnesotaDivorce.comLegal Custody in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comTemporary Child Custody in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comFinancial Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota Divorce2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHarassment Restraining Orders in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comLegal Separation in Minnesota2011
MInnesotaDivorce.comMediation in Minnesota Divorce Cases2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comCustody of Children Born Out of Wedlock in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comParenting Consultants in Minnesota Divorce & Custody Cases2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comParenting Time in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comPaternity Cases in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comPost-Nuptial Agreements in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comDomestic Abuse Orders for Protection in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comSpousal Maintenance in Minnesota Divorce2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comSocial Early Neutral Evaluations in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comStepparent Visitation in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comOut of State Moves2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comDo I Get Credit for a Non-Marital Interest in an Upside Down House?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comGrandparent Visitation2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comMay I Contest the Divorce Itself?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comModification of Physical Custody2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comAm I Entitled to My Child's Records if I Don't Have Custody?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comDetermining Physical Custody in Minnesota2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comAre Verbal Agreements to Change Support Enforceable?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comAt What Age May My Child Decide Where He Wants to Live?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comCan a New Spouse's Income Be Considered for Support?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comMay I Close Joint Credit Card Accounts2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comDoes Minnesota Have a Divorce Waiting Period?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Do I Prepare for Imminent Divorce?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Do I Protect Myself Against False Abuse Allegations?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Do I Prove My Spouse is Crazy?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Important is the Physical Custody Label?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Much Compromise is Reasonable?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comHow Will Mental Illness Affect My Minnesota Child Custody Case?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comIs There Bias Against Fathers or In Favor of Mothers?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comMay I Kick My Spouse out of the House and Change the Locks?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comMay I Record Phone Telephone Conversations?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comShould I Discuss the Case with the Children?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comShould I Empty the Joint Bank Account?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comShould I Get a New Lawyer?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comShould I Litigate or Mediate?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comShould I Move Out, And If So, How?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comWhat Can I Do to Keep Costs Down?2011
Minnesota Divorce.comWhat is the Best Approach to a Social Early Neutral Evaluation?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comWho Gets to Pick The Children's School?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comWho Gets the Dog?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comWho Gets the Engagement Ring?2011
MinnesotaDivorce.comWho Gets the Kids While We Wait to Go to Court?2011
DivorceHQ.comCustody of Children Born Out of Wedlock in Minnesota2001
DivorceNet.comWhen Does My Paycheck Stop Being Joint?2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Macalester CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Buffalo Senior High SchoolN/AN/A1986