Jeffrey Nelson

Title: Managing Partner
Office: Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Nelson is a partner at mctlaw and manages the Firm’s Indian Law Group. He brings more than 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on Indian law and litigation matters, including as a Senior Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission and as an Assistant Solicitor at the Department of Interior.

Jeff now represents tribes across the country on Indian gaming and tribal governance matters. He also serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

Previously, Mr. Nelson worked on complex litigation at a large plaintiff-side law firm, where he was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana in that State’s opioid litigation. At the beginning of his legal career, Jeff was an environmental and Indian law lawyer in one of the nation’s largest law firms, during which time he served as a Trustee for the Mattaponi Tribe of Virginia.

Mr. Nelson is also one of our government contract lawyers, working with Tribes with government contract disputes, adjustments and other contract issues such as teaming arrangements and SB8(a).

Jeff received a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. He earned an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jeff served as a park ranger at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Jeff still enjoys heading into the woods for a hike or a camping trip, especially with his kids.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan
  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School
  • LL.M. in Advocacy, Georgetown University Law Center

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland
  • Washington State
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippew
  • Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
  • Mattaponi
  • Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians

Practice Areas

MCTLaw Sarasota office

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