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Blair W. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Bemidji, MN

Blair W. Nelson, Ltd.
205 7th St NW, Suite 3
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-444-4531
Fax: 218-444-6531
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%), General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Blair W. Nelson is a criminal defense attorney in Bemidji, Minnesota, with over 25 years of legal experience. Mr. Nelson is the founder of his own law office, Blair W. Nelson, Ltd., and provides strong and committed representation to clients in Bemidji, as well as the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and Minnesota statewide. He has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Mr. Nelson has experience with many issues under criminal law, including gun laws and gun rights. Over his career, he has tried actions involving issues such as assault, domestic violence, drugs, DUI/DWI, fraud, gun laws, sexual crimes, theft and violent crimes. 

Passionate about protecting his clients’ rights, Mr. Nelson provides dedicated representation through each phase of the criminal process. He knows a criminal charge or conviction can have devastating consequences and works hard to obtain the best possible results for each client.

In addition to defending clients in state and federal court, Mr. Nelson handles many Native American cases. In the past, he has been involved with the White Earth Nation Tribal Court and Leech Lake Reservation Criminal and Juvenile Defense Corporation. He is a current attorney with the Office of the Federal Defender Criminal Justice Act Panel in Minnesota.

After completing his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Nelson earned his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He is licensed to practice law before all Minnesota and North Dakota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Litigation, Restraining Order


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Blair W. Nelson

First Admitted: 1996, Minnesota

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota, 1996-present
  • Member of the Federal Defender C.J.A. Panel
  • Federal District court of Minnesota, 2001
  • North Dakota, 1997-present

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Industry Groups

  • Firearm Rights
  • Self-Defense Training
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Office Location for Blair W. Nelson

205 7th St NW
Suite 3
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-444-4531

Fax: 218-444-6531

Last Updated: 1/20/2022

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