Serving the industry’s many needs, including contract drafting, risk management, business organization and consulting, and litigation, Ms. Nelson represents leading horse owners, trainers, riders, breeders, equestrian facilities, major farms, clubs and associations across all nationally and internationally recognized disciplines. She frequently defends the competition privileges of both professional and amateur riders before the national (USEF) and international (FEI) governing bodies of the sport.
Additionally, for more than two decades, she has written Equine Law & Business Letter, a commercial newsletter reporting on legal issues affecting the horse industry. She is a legal commentator for Phelpssports and a frequent speaker at industry and legal conferences, including the National Equine Law Conference. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. In addition to her equine law practice, Ms. Nelson serves as an administrative law judge for the Virginia Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Villanova University School of Law.
A lifelong equestrian, Ms. Nelson grew up riding with the Caristo family at their Glenview Stables, and during law school rode for Olympic veteran Michael Matz. She still competes regularly on the “A” show circuit in the amateur hunter divisions. She was the 2011 USHJA/WCHR Amateur Owner 3’3” Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion on her horse “Affirmed on Appeal,” whom she trains with Olympic veteran Lisa Jacquin.