Gary C. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Modesto, CA

Law Office of Gary C. Nelson
 | 421 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-524-9200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

For over 25 years, Gary C. Nelson, the founder of the Law Office of Gary C. Nelson located in Modesto, California, has been advocating for his clients in Modesto, California, and throughout Stanislaus County. He focuses his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance and personal injury matters. Mr. Nelson has successfully represented in subsequent appeals hearings many people whose benefits applications have been denied.

Mr. Nelson pursued his undergraduate studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1982. He then went on to attend the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated with distinction with his Juris Doctor in 1985. His law school academic honors include being named to both the Order of the Coif and the Traynor Society.

Mr. Nelson is licensed to practice law before all of the state courts of California. He is additionally admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Nelson served as a judge pro tem for the Stanislaus County Superior Court from 1994 to 1995.

Dedicated to the legal profession, Mr. Nelson has served on the Executive Committee of the Workers' Compensation Section of The State Bar of California since 2006, and he is a member of the Stanislaus County Bar Association. He was named as the Applicant Attorney of the Year by that committee in 2006. Mr. Nelson volunteers significant time for the Stanislaus County Make-A-Wish Foundation, and in 2005, he was named as a "Wishmaker of the Year", together with his wife. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Nelson has received an "Excellent" peer-review rating through Avvo.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (70%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018

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About Gary Nelson

Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Attorney of the Year, California State Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Executive Committee, 2006 - 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, California State Bar Worker's Compensation Executive Committee, 2007
  • Board Member, California State Bar Executive Committee, 2006 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, 1986
  • California, 1986

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Stanislaus County Make-A-Wish Foundation

Educational Background:

  • University of California, B.A. in Sociology, 1982
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Office Location for Gary C. Nelson

421 13th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Phone: 209-524-9200


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Last Updated: 3/29/2018

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