Jonathan Robert Nelson | Nelson Madden Black LLP
Jonathan Nelson practices primarily in the fields of civil litigation and corporate law, with a concentration on the representation of religious institutions. He is a highly regarded church law practitioner.
In 1991, after eight years of practice with major law firms in Chicago and New York City, Mr. Nelson began to develop an independent law practice representing religious institutions and others. Since then, Mr. Nelson has represented or advised hundreds of clients in the religious community, including Christian churches of many kinds, synagogues, mosques, a religious order, Hindu temples, Jungians, a Yoruba cultural center, pastors, church trustees, missionaries, and victims of religious persecution seeking asylum. Mr. Nelson has been a panelist or speaker at meetings organized by the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and other lawyers’ groups. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous judicial and administrative litigations, including a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church against the City of New York in 2001 to enforce the church’s First Amendment rights to serve homeless people on the steps of the church. Mr. Nelson has been listed in SuperLawyers since 2012 and has been rated “AV Preeminent” since 1998.