Deborah M Nelson
A lawyer since 1993, Deborah Nelson is a recognized leader locally and nationally. In 2006, she was elected President of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now Washington Association for Justice) and the following year, she was elected President of the Council of Presidents of the American Association for Justice. She has written and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of legal subjects including traumatic brain injury, insurance law, litigation, legal ethics, and personal injury practice. More importantly, Deborah is known for her compassion, attention to detail, and deep commitment to her clients. Her clients describe her as “outstandingly smart,” “wonderful and caring,” “honest,” and “tenacious.”
Deborah has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine every year since 2003, was named Best Attorney in Clallam County by a readers’ poll of the Peninsula Daily News, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Clallam Pro Bono Lawyers, was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles, and was named a Notable Alumnus by her alma mater, Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Deborah has spent her legal career in Washington. Following graduation from law school, we served as a judicial intern for the Kitsap County Superior Court. She moved to Port Angeles in 1994 where she worked for 13 years before moving to Seattle to become partner at a firm there. In 2009, she formed Nelson Boyd. She owns a home in Clallam County and regularly represents clients in not only the Seattle area, but also Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties.
Deborah is an avid road cyclist and runner. She has completed over 10 centuries on her bike, 2 full marathons, and over 10 half marathons. She is a member of the cycle and marathon teams for Team in Training and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund research, treatment, and patient services for those suffering from blood cancers. She also enjoys kayaking, traveling, and spending time at her second home in Sequim, Washington.