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Brian C. Nelson

Brian C. Nelson

Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Meyer Van Severen, S.C.
Milwaukee, WI
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About Brian C. Nelson

Attorney Biography

Criminal defense attorney Brian C. Nelson earned his Bachelor degree from Indiana University in 2012. He continued his legal education at Indiana University, and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2016. During law school, Mr. Nelson focused on trial advocacy and criminal defense, taking every available course and clinic in those fields. In his second year, he interned at the Marion County Prosecutors Office for a semester before leaving to clerk for a private criminal defense attorney. Mr. Nelson was on the board of his legal fraternity, and competed as a member of his school’s trial advocacy team his last two years in law school.

After graduation, Mr. Nelson continued to clerk for the same criminal defense attorney until successfully passing the Indiana Bar exam on his first attempt. He then began working as a public defender in Indianapolis, Indiana, rapidly moving to defending major felony matters in just two short years. During his tenure as a public defender, Mr. Nelson assisted hundreds of clients throughout the criminal justice process, quickly earning a reputation on both sides as a zealous advocate. He also developed a reputation as a fearless trial attorney, taking cases many of his colleagues considered defenseless to jury trial. Mr. Nelson used this reputation numerous times to successfully negotiate better pleas – and even outright dismissals – for his clients.

Mr. Nelson moved back to Wisconsin in June 2020, where he continued working as a public defender in the Milwaukee Trial Division. He immediately had an impact by challenging the preliminary hearing process put in place during the pandemic, resulting in dozens of cases being dismissed and forcing the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office to revise their procedures.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (50%)
DUI / DWI (15%)
Drug Crimes (15%)
Domestic Violence (15%)
Firearm and Weapon Charges (5%)

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Bar Licenses

Wisconsin State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Indiana State Bar
Inactive Member

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Work Experience

Van Severan Law Office, S.C.
Associate Attorney

Meyer Van Severen, S.C.
Associate Attorney

Wisconsin Office of Public Defender

Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.
Graduate Law Clerk

Marion County Public Defender Agency

Marion County Prosecutors Office
Student Intern

Law Office of Carl Epstein
Law Clerk

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Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indiana University

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Bachelors Degree

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Wisconsin State Bar

Case Results - Brian C. Nelson

Criminal Charges (felony domestic violence)
May 2021
Initially charged with multiple felony domestic violence charges. After pointing out weaknesses in the State's case, and credibility issues with their complaining witness, successfully negotiated a pl...

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Criminal Charge (felony domestic violence)
Sep 2017
Initially charged with multiple counts of domestic violence, including a felony. At trial, successfully established the photographic evidence established the alleged victim was not being truthful duri...

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Contact Brian C. Nelson

Brian C. Nelson
Meyer Van Severen, S.C.
316 N. Milwaukee St STE 200
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Office: 414-270-0202
: 414-455-6377

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