Nathan W. Nelson

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Virtus Law
Nathan W. Nelson
Virtus Law

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Business & corporate, Creditor debtor rights; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2005

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

Virtus Law

7040 Lakeland Avenue
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55428 Visit website


Nathan W. Nelson is a co-founder and managing partner of Virtus Law. He provides knowledgeable legal representation to his clients in Minneapolis and throughout the state of Minnesota in the areas of business and corporate law, asset protection, estate planning, probate, real estate, income tax planning, and managed service providers. 

Before attending law school, Mr. Nelson completed his undergraduate studies at Hamline University. He then completed his Juris Doctor at what was then known as the Hamline University School of Law, Mr. Nelson also completed his LL.M. in taxation from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. He is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and North Dakota.

Mr. Nelson represents high net worth individuals and businesses and oversees his firm's taxation and estate planning departments. He has a highly successful track record for his clients and successfully argued a case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Nelson's skill is recognized within the community, and he is a sought-after speaker on topics involving real estate investors' litigation and privately held businesses. He has lectured at multiple colleges and universities and has been a guest on two radio programs on the local ESPN affiliate.

A published author, Mr. Nelson has written articles for regional real estate and business periodicals. He serves as a peer group facilitator for Wealth Counsel, L.L.C., and is a member of the paralegal advisory board for Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota. In order to stay abreast of current developments in his practice areas, Mr. Nelson is also actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Hennepin County, Washington County and Minnesota state bar associations.

Practice areas

Estate planning & probate, Business/corporate, Creditor debtor rights: business, Real estate: business, Tax: business, Technology transactions

Focus areas

Estate planning, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Business formation and planning, Partnership, Tax law, Science and technology law

  • 40% Estate planning & probate
  • 20% Business/corporate
  • 10% Creditor debtor rights: business
  • 10% Real estate: business
  • 10% Tax: business
  • 10% Technology transactions

First Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • Values Based Estate Planning Seminar, Estate Planning
Representative Clients:
  • Clients include privately-owned businesses, managed service providers, IT service firms, health care providers, real estate investors, banks
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota, 2015
  • Member, Minnesota Real Estate Investors Association
  • Minnesota Federal Bar
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, WealthCounsel
Educational Background:
  • A.A. degree, Business, Inver Hills Community College, 1998
  • A.S. degree, Paralegal, Inver Hills Community College, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, American Law and Legal Systems, Hamline University, 2003
  • LL.M in Taxation from Thomas Jefferson School of Law Summa Cum Laude, 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Paralegal Certificate Inver Hills Community College, 2000
  • Won court of appeals breach of contract case, 2010
  • Negotiated drop of charges against employee of company accused of equity stripping
  • Successfully negotiated debt forgiveness in multi-million dollar case, 2014
  • Successfully defended 325 equity stripping case on behalf of real estate investor client
  • Default summary judgement against client thrown out due to erroneous submission of proposed order
  • Successfully negotiated multi-million dollar class action lawsuit with all proceeds coming from insurance, 2014
  • Successfully argued a case in front of the MN Supreme Court regarding equal protection in land use regulation, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Virtus Law PLLC donates attorney time at MnREIA Toys for Tots event, 2013
  • Virtus Law PLLC sponsored hole #1 at The Bohannon Group Foundation’s Annual Golf Event benefitting Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation, 2015
  • Currently a board member of Community Involvement Programs as Chairman of the Housing Board Committee, 2016
  • Nathan Nelson and Virtus Law PLLC volunteer a day for charity at Feed My Starving Children, 2013
  • Virtus Law PLLC sponsors hole #1 at Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation and Bohannon Group Foundation Golf Event, 2014
  • Board member, Inver Hills Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee, 2015
  • Virtus Law PLLC donates attorney time to MnREIA Toys for Tots event, 2014
  • Thomas Fafinski and Virtus Law PLLC volunteer a day with the charitable organization Feed My Starving Children, 2013
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Introduction to litigation and litigation prevention strategies, Lecturer, Intro to Civil Litigation, 2014
  • Seminar - labor law and distinguishing between employee and independent contractor status, Lecturer, Employment/Independent Contractor Seminar, Virtus Professional Center
  • Employment Law seminar for Northwestern Mutual and Bohannon Group executives, Lecturer, 2015
  • Estate Planning event sponsored by Allied Executives, Lecturer, 2015
  • Speak to first year students at Hamline University School of Law, Lecturer, 2014
  • Nathan W. Nelson co-hosted a facilitated discussion at WealthCounsel’s Symposium 2015 in San Diego, from July 14th to 17th. Nate and his partner, Tom, present tips on increasing consistent cash-flow, working with ideal clients, and taking control of a practice’s bottom line, Presenter, Mini-Metric Mastermind, 2015
  • Gave a presentation on the Department of Labor's new rule regarding overtime pay for salaried employees., DOL Rule Presentation, 2016
  • Examination of the Fair Use Doctrine, Author, Fair Game, Minnesota Business Magazine, 2012
  • Nathan Nelson and Thomas Fafinski collaborate on Minnesota Business Magazine article, Co-Author, Avoid Surprise Estate Planning, Minnesota Business Magazine, 2012
  • Understanding the definition and intention of trademark law, Author, Trademarks, Minnesota Business Magazine
  • Minnesota Business Magazine, Author, No Sunshine for Manufacturers with New Federal Sunshine Laws, 2012
  • Understand the terms and the conditions of your guaranty, Author, Do You Understand Your Guaranty?, 2013
  • New Healthcare Legislation, Lecturer, Strategic Employee Benefit Services division of the Bohannon Group, Financial Services Professionals, 2014
  • ESPN1500 radio co-host, Cover Your Assets, Co-host, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, 2014
  • Values-based Estate Planning, Lecturer, Estate Planning, Argosy University, 2014
  • Nominated as one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars., Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Nominated as one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, with a Masters in Taxation from TJSL, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Estate Planning
  • Privately-held Business
  • Tax Planning

Office location for Nathan W. Nelson

7040 Lakeland Avenue
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55428

Phone: 612-328-9520


3 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

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