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James Patrick Nelson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wheaton, IL

4.8   13 reviews

also known as Pat Nelson, J. Patrick Nelson

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    70%
    Child custody, visitation, child support, maintenance, distribution of marital assets, QDRO's, enforcement and modification.

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%

  3. Criminal defense
    5%

  4. Juvenile law
    5%

FIGHTING FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST. EXPERIENCE. EXCELLENCE.

I believe that representing clients is a great responsibility and privilege.  I take a personal approach to each client and to each case.  You will have direct contact with the attorney handling your case, never having your legal matters handled by a paralegal, secretary or associate attorney.

 

As an experienced litigator with over 17 years of experience, I have experience handling the following types of cases, child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support/alimony, marital property division, allocating debt, QDRO's, dividing retirement accounts, enforcement, modificaition, orders of protection, domestic violence and juvenile matters.  If you are contemplating filing for divorce, or your spouse has filed for divorce, please contact me.  I will counsel you on the divorce process and help you prepare for the future.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Bob | May 1, 2015
Excellent lawyer with great knowledge and expertise
I've used Pat on several cases and his work was exceptional. Besides being. A very knowledgable lawyer, Patrick has excellent communication skills and is well respected by the Judicial system in Kane and DuPage Counties.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Queen
Honest. Always working toward a settlement. Very experienced. He and his staff go above and beyond.
Posted by John S. | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Gold Standard. Period.
Mr. Nelson, Patrick, was a perfect match for my needs at the time. He is compassionate without coddling. His staff, Debbie, is incredibly helpful and kind. My experience with Patrick and Debbie made a difficult time much easier to cope with and achieve an outcome I was greatly satisfied with. Should I need counsel again, Patrick is in my contacts!!
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Posted by Debbie | March 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and dependable
I hired Pat for a modification of child support case that I planned on representing myself in court. His expertise and guidance was exactly what I needed during an emotionally stressful time. The whole process was seamless and completed in a very timely manner. I will definitely use Pat in the future without a doubt.
Posted by Patrick | March 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Visitation
Pat Nelson is a very experienced and talented lawyer as I am extremely pleased with his services provided in prompt, successful and affordable manner. I would highly recommend Pat Nelson as he continued to update me and reassure me during the court process. 5 stars!! Wonderful job Pat Nelson.
Posted by Kevin | December 6, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience - super thankful!
Pat was able to quickly assess what was technically a potentially complex set of circumstances...circumstances that had major consequences for our teenaged son. Pat was knowledgable, knew the local system and showed great aplomb in representing us. In fact, at one point - while in court - the judge publicly commended Pat for being a good lawyer. Part of that may have been posturing but it's nonetheless true. This specific case called for the utmost patience, and Pat went the extra-mile and showed a commitment to the big picture: a family in turmoil. What I found most impressive was Pat's genuine compassion on a human level. He related well to us as parents, but also took the time to really understand where our son was at and what was challenging him. High marks for Pat!
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Posted by Michelle | December 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
highly recommend
I am very happy with the legal services provided by Mr.Nelson and he was very reasonable with the cost. Thank you for making such a difficult process a little easier
Posted by Timothy | May 26, 2015
Five Years of Guidance
Pat has provided guidance and consultation for multiple motions that have been filed in regards to the support of my children. He has the ability to remove emotion and get the parties to solutions. I am grateful for his knowledge and guidance for the 20 times that I have been called back to court since my divorce.
Posted by Bill | May 14, 2015
Great Job!
Pat did a great job for me. He was very responsive, he explained everything to me in a knowing yet unassuming manner. Very easy and pleasant to work with.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2015
Helpful and sensitive during divorce
Pat was very responsive and helped find a satisfactory resolution to my divorce in only a month. He listened to what I wanted and needed and took it into consideration but also counseled me and gave a lot of thought to what would be best for me. He made a painful process flow smoothly and quickly and with professional sensitivity. It was very comforting to feel like I had a true ally looking out for my best interests.
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Posted by Simon | May 12, 2015
Great Attorney
James Nelson did represent me during my divorce proceedings and he did an outstanding job. His advice and his wide range of knowledge helped putting this matter to a fast end in a very efficient manner. I would hire him anytime again to assist with my legal proceedings.
Posted by John | May 11, 2015
Rating attorney J. P. Nelson for divorce case
James Patrick Nelson has been a great pillar of support and guidance for a stressful time in the life of a family man facing the reality of divorce. I am extremely happy in the professional manner in which my case was handled, and the excellent demeanor in which "Pat" communicated with me and the plaintiff (attorney), reaching an agreeable settlement that benefited both me and my ex-wife, for the overall benefit of the children and each of us as parents. James Patrick Nelson's gregarious contact with me, personal counsel, responsiveness and knowledge, and most importantly, honesty and integrity, helped me through this difficulty in a rather gregarious and peaceful means with excellent outcomes, and a win-win situation. What initially seemed like the most overwhelming episode in one's life, J. P. Nelson helped me through this process with confidence and success. He handled this case and represented me flawlessly toward an agreeable and successful divorce, in a short period of time. His professional advice is second to none, as he carefully considers all aspects of family and divorce law, and provides advice to benefit his client, as he did for me. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Attorney James Patrick Nelson to anyone who is facing a legal family challenge in his or her life. Thank you for representing me in this legal matter, in resolution toward a swift and amicable divorce for the benefit of the entire family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Sketchy billing practices but closed the case
Pat handled the case efficiently. At the final court date, he stated that I had a balance credit on my account and that he would go back to the office later that day and mail me the final paperwork and cut me a check. I received the paperwork within one week but no check. So, I patiently waited three weeks and then emailed him. To which, he responded by saying he would email me my statement the next week. The next week goes by, still no email or check. I reached out to remind him he said I would receive a statement. Later that day, I received a statement that stated I owed $400+ dollars. When I reviewed the statement, I found duplicate entries for the same dates (double charges) and some charges for dates not even listed as service dates at the top of the statement. In short, either he thought I would cut a check without looking at the bill or he didn't look at it before he sent it to me. I then went back to review a previous statement to discover he charged an hourly rate that was different than the fee agreement I signed. Ironically, the first statement showed a higher fee than the second statement. I contacted him. His response was he knew he noticed he was having software billing issues and that he would correct it this weekend. He also stated that he raised his hourly fee (not sure why the first statement should a higher rate than the second...this would be the case if one lowered his fee). Long story short, another email and call to him...still waiting for the statement and the check almost 8 weeks since the close of the case. Again, Pat walked me through the process and kept me in informed along the way with the exception of transparent billing practices.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Casey Nelson, LLP
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Beck Houlihan & Scott
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Dupage County Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Knox County Public Defender
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Bradley University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City v R.B.
  • Not Guilty
  • State vs. Oliver
  • case dismissed
  • State vs. R.B.
  • case reduced to petty offense
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Associations

  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (14)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Pat on several contentious divorce matters. He has maintained the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He is willing to find creative solutions to problems. Plus, he is timely and responsive, which is important in our contentious area of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pat Nelson is an attorney that I happily endorse, as an upstanding member of the legal community and a strong advocate for clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat Nelson is a top notch attorney who is well respected by the entire legal community. This is an attorney that I would trust my family members and closest friends to, and whom I proudly endorse!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat Nelson is a great lawyer with formidable legal skills; strongly liked and respected by the lawyers and judges in the legal community. This is an attorney that I absolutely endorse!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He works hard for his clients. Always professional and polite."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is a lawyer's lawyer. He is knowledgeable, polite, and prepared. He is well-liked and respected by attorneys and judges alike."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is always willing to do what is needed for his clients. He quickly sees the issues and performs well, always getting what is best for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Nelson for 15 years. He is as professional and knowledgeable as you will find in the practice of law. He is my first go-to reference for family law questions. Top rate representation on complex and involved matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat is a hardworking, knowledgeable attorney. I highly recommend him to any person needing a family law or criminal lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is a zealous advocate for his client. He always showed great professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick has a great understanding of the law. He advocates for his client extremely well. Patrick has a fluid, working knowledge of all facts and issues in his cases."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is a great attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat Nelson is an experienced and effective criminal defense and family law attorney. I highly recommend him. I have referred matters to him in the past and will continue to do so."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an extremely kind and conscientious attorney who makes it his business to make sure his client is given the best possible legal service."
Guardianship Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Pat over the years in both family law and guardianship cases. He was an honest and a true professional throughout the entire case even when it was very contentious. As a guardian ad litem, I appreciated his approach with his client and yet respected my position regarding the child."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely knowledgable in the areas of family and criminal law."
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Wheaton Divorce and separation Lawyer James Patrick Nelson
James Patrick Nelson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wheaton, IL
Licensed for 24 years
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