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Rod Nelson was raised in the Yakima Valley and chose to return to Central Washington after completing his education at the University of Washington.  Nelson is a personal injury lawyer focusing on auto accidents, products liability, workplace and nursing home injuries. He is a past member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Board of Governors and past president of the Yakima County Bar Association.  He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. Nelson is a volunteer attorney for Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services and a Judge Pro Tem for Yakima County Superior Court.  He prides himself in giving friendly, personal service to his clients. 

When he is not practicing law, Nelson spends his free time skiing or climbing mountains. Nelson's ascents include Cho Oyu Mountain in the Himalayas, the sixth highest peak in the world; Huascaran, the fourth highest peak in the Peruvian Andes; the North Ridge of the Grand Teton; Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge; and Yosemite's El Capitan and Half Dome. Nelson also has a black belt in Shudokan Karate.   


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



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  • Ron Meyers

    I endorse this lawyer. Rod and I tried a case together almost 30 years ago. He was an excellent lawyer then...and time has only made him better. He cares about his clients and has a compassionate and sensible approach to resolving claims. He is humble for sure. He is also one of the best trial lawyers I know.


    Ron Meyers Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Abeyta Nelson P.C.

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA, 98902


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Volunteer Attorney of the YearYakima County Volunteer Attorney Services2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Children's Wishes and DreamsBoard Member2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Montessori Society of YakimaBoard Member2008 - 2010
Yakima County Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1995 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - top 10% of class; Moot Court Honor Board1978
University of Washington School of LawPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts - magna cum laude1975