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Bruce C. Nelson

Attorney-at-Law
Chicago, IL, USA


Bruce C. Nelson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 from Northwestern University, and his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from the Boston University Law School.  Upon graduating from BULS, Mr. Nelson began his legal career in 1991 as an associate in the litigation department of the Chicago-based law firm then known as Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper), and became a partner in that firm in 1998. In 2002, Mr. Nelson moved his practice to the Chicago-based firm then known as Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz (now Vedder Price), where he practiced as a litigation partner for the next 6 years. In March 2008, Mr. Nelson resigned from Vedder Price and retired (at least temporarily) from the full-time practice of law, in order to pursue teaching opportunities, non-legal writing and other interests. Mr. Nelson remains licensed to practice law in Illinois and is admitted to practice before various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

At present, Mr. Nelson serves as a part-time consultant, tutoring law firm associates in legal writing and other matters germane to law firm practice, and providing legal and business management advice to a few Chicago area businesses. Mr. Nelson also provides pro bono legal services to an LGBT community center (Center on Halsted) and its constituents, and he continues to write and lecture on legal topics.
 
Throughout his 20-year legal career, Mr. Nelson has focused his practice in general commercial litigation, handling trial and appellate court cases in the areas of contracts, torts, healthcare law, constitutional law, employment law, real estate law, insurance law and municipal law. As part of that practice, he participated in the 1996 landmark physician-assisted suicide litigation before the United States Supreme Court. Further, in 2006-07, Mr. Nelson served on an interim basis as Vedder Price's lead Loss Prevention Counsel (a/k/a General Counsel to the firm). At both of the law firms at which he worked, Mr. Nelson actively participated in and conducted litigation training exercises for associates, and he created and annually presented a seminar on the structure of the federal and Illinois court systems.

Mr. Nelson has also written and presented extensively on various litigation and healthcare law subjects.  Published articles that he authored or co-authored include:   

"Drafting for Practitioners," Bridge-the-Gap: Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys (Practising Law Institute 2009); "Judicial, Attorney and Juror Misconduct," Illinois Civil Trial Evidence (Supp.) (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 2006); "Medical Records and Confidentiality," 27 Illinois Jurisprudence 24 (Lexis/Nexis 2005); "Judicial, Attorney and Juror Misconduct," Illinois Civil Trial Evidence (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 2004); "Liability Exposure Facing Managed Care Organizations," Legal Medicine (5th ed.) (Mosby 2001); "Telemedicine: Patient Convenience or Legal Minefield," RX Law and Medicine Report, vol. 2, no. 2 (Lexis/Nexis 2000); Contributing author of case reports for "In the Courts," American Medical News (American Medical Association 1999-2000); "Quasi-Discovery," Civil Discovery Practice (Illinois) (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 1999); "ERISA Preemption in the Managed Care Context," Tort & Insurance Law Journal, vol. 33, no. 2 (American Bar Association 1998); "Liability Issues Facing Managed Care Organizations," Legal Medicine (4th ed.) (Mosby 1998); "Judicial, Attorney and Juror Misconduct," Illinois Civil Trial Evidence (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 1998); "Educating the Defense Witness About the Litigation Process," Reengineering Healthcare Liability Litigation (Michie 1997); "Making the Expert a Part of the Litigation Team," Reengineering Healthcare Liability Litigation (Michie 1997); Supplement to Volumes 3 and 4 of Medical and Hospital Negligence (Michie 1997)); "Quasi-Discovery," Civil Discovery Practice (Illinois) (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 1996).

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