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Jeffrey Nelson

Title: Attorney
Office: Washington, DC
Areas of Practice: Indian Law, Vaccine Injury Compensation

Jeffrey Nelson joins mctlaw as a firm partner, focusing his legal practice on federal Indian law, including Indian gaming and other tribal programs, as well as complex civil litigation.

To these matters, he brings his experiences as an Assistant Solicitor at the Department of the Interior and as a Senior Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission. Jeff currently serves as Assistant Attorney General for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.  He formerly served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana and as a Trustee for the Mattaponi Indian Tribe of Virginia.

Jeff has a wealth of experience as a complex case litigator, having worked at one of the nation’s largest plaintiff’s law firms, and as an environmental lawyer in the largest Washington, D.C. based law firm.

Mr. Nelson 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 the Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jeff served as a park ranger at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.  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
  • 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