Eric J. Nelson

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Halberg Criminal Defense
Eric J. Nelson
Halberg Criminal Defense

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI, White Collar Crimes; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2001

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013

Halberg Criminal Defense

7900 Xerxes Avenue South
Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55431 Visit website


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

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

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

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

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

Office location for Eric J. Nelson

7900 Xerxes Avenue South
Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55431

Phone: 612-470-5064


10 Years Super Lawyers
9 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2013

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