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Blair focuses his practice on criminal trial defense matters. He has been licensed to practice in Minnesota State Courts since 1996, licensed to practice in North Dakota since 1997, and admitted to the Federal District Court of Minnesota in 2001.
Blair is an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer, having achieved complete acquittals for clients on charges ranging from Attempted Murder, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Arson to Failure to Yield the Right of Way. As one of the most trusted Beltrami county attorneys, he believes that every criminal and traffic accusation is potentially serious and strives to protect his client's rights on every level.
Blair has a great deal of knowledge and experience in defending Native American cases. Blair worked with the White Earth Criminal and Juvenile Defense Corporation from 1999 to 2004, Leech Lake Juvenile and Criminal Defense Corporation from 2003 to 2006, and is a current member of the Federal Defender C.J.A. Panel.
While he defines himself as a criminal defense lawyer, he relaxes by hunting, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family.
If you or someone you know is searching for an experienced Beltrami county criminal defense attorney for Minnesota or North Dakota, contact our firm today.
|ND||Authorized to Practice Law||1997||07/03/2013|
|MN||Authorized to Practice||1996||05/15/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer - Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers Magazine||2020|
|Certified Criminal Law Specialist||Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)||2018|
|Certified Criminal Law Specialist||Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)||2012|
|Attorney||Blair W. Nelson, Ltd.||2001 - Present|
|Attorney||Hazelton & Rogers||1999 - 2001|
|Attorney||Nelson Law Office||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice||Member||2018 - Present|
|Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||1998 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Bench & Bar of Minnesota||Small Firm Practice Chose Me||2015|
|University of North Dakota School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of North Dakota||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice 34th Annual DWI Seminar||Gun Rights and the Drinking Driver in Minnesota||2019|
|Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice||Nelson on the North (DWI Practice in the 9th District)||2019|
|Gun Law: Acquiring, Handling & Transferring Firearms in Minnesota||Carrying a Firearm in Minnesota: Advising Permit-to-Carry Holders||2018|
|Minnesota Gun Owner's Civil Rights Alliance - Second Annual Gun Rights Seminar and Member Meeting||Zombies, T-Shirts and Facebook: What you say today may swing your jury tomorrow.||2014|
|State v JJJ (Wadena County, MN)||Disorderly Conduct charge dismissed|
|State v ARH (Clearwater County, MN)||Domestic Assault Charges Dismissed.|
|State v MRA (Polk County, MN)||Firearms Rights Restored|
|State v SCH (Hubbard County, MN)||Felony Assault with Firearm Dismissed, reduced to Misdemeanor|
|State v JAT (Cass County, MN)||Felony Assault with Firearm dismissed, reduced to Misdemeanor|
|State v ZJW (Morrison County, MN)||Felony Drug Charges Dismissed|
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