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Jeffrey Nelson

Title: Trial Attorney
Office: Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Nelson manages the Indian Law Group at mctlaw, bringing over 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC on Indian law and litigation matters, including as a Senior Attorney at the NIGC and as an Assistant Solicitor at the DOI.

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
  • 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

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The past 10 months have been a whirlwind to say the least but we are truly thankful, grateful and appreciative of …all you have done for our family. This is truly life changing for us. The weight that this lifts off of our shoulders and the peace of mind it will give us….its priceless. So again, thank you.

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Martin (Last Name Withheld)

I am so grateful for all of your time and tireless work that you have put into resolving my case. Most sincere thanks.


I just wanted to thank you for your help over the past 3 years…Thank you for negotiating with the DOJ in order to get as much as we could under the circumstance…It has been a pleasure having you and your wonderful staff here to assist me in this long and tedious effort.

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Thank you for all of your efforts all along to help resolve lifelong issues I will always have due to this defective implant. You have held my hand through a lot and each and everyone of you at MCT are appreciated for all of your efforts.

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Mr. Maglio, I want you to know the appreciation I have for Diana Stadelnikas and her team for the effort they have put into my wife’s claim! The settlement negotiation they achieved (in a very frustrating situation) is outstanding! While there’s a way to go yet, I want to assure you will they have my full confidence and gratitude to the finish! I know you must be proud of your people!


I thank you so much for your diligent and hard work on my behalf. You are a thoroughly professional and pleasant person and I am grateful for having you on my case.

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