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Eric J. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Halberg Criminal Defense
7900 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55431
Phone: 612-470-5064
Fax: 952-224-4840
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

Eric Nelson is an attorney with Halberg Criminal Defense in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced criminal defense firm. He has dedicated his career to representing clients charged with all types of crimes, from high-profile cases to minor traffic accidents. His experience includes defending homicide, sex offenses, assaults, drug offenses, DWI and alcohol-related traffic offenses. He has also represented individuals facing civil commitment as a sexually psychopathic personality or a sexually dangerous person. Mr. Nelson offers high-quality representation and astute legal advice to individuals involved in criminal cases throughout Minnesota.

Mr. Nelson has a wide range of criminal defense experience. His practice areas include defense for assault, burglary, criminal sexual conduct and child pornography, drug crimes, drug and alcohol testing, DWI, expungement, forgery, fraud, homicide, hit-and-run, kidnapping, probation, terrorism threats, theft, white collar crime and more. Mr. Nelson is a frequent speaker on criminal law and serves as a judge for moot court and mock trial competitions. He has contributed to the Minnesota DWI Deskbook, a comprehensive source for DWI attorneys in Minnesota.

Mr. Nelson is admitted to practice before all state courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as the federal bar in Minnesota and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Mr. Nelson is a cum laude graduate of Eastern College, and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense
  • 0%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 0%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


9 Years Super Lawyers
9 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013

About Eric J. Nelson

First Admitted: 2001, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Judge in Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions
  • Minnesota Rising Star, 2004 - 2013
  • Who's who in Criminal Defense, 2004 - 2009
  • "Who's Who in Criminal Law", 2004 - 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Frequent Lecturer on Various Criminal Topics Including Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine

Representative Clients

  • Dunn
  • St. Croix
  • Barron
  • Washburn Counties

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Past Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Federal Court
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • Member, Wisconsin State Bar Association

Educational Background

  • Eastern College, B.A., Cum Laude, 1996
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Office Location for Eric J. Nelson

7900 Xerxes Avenue South
Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55431

Phone: 612-470-5064

Fax: 952-224-4840

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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