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Oliver E. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Magna Law Firm, LLC
2915 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: 612-767-1871
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A dedicated trial attorney and the managing shareholder of the Magna Law Firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oliver E. Nelson advocates for the rights of those injured through no fault of their own or those whose civil rights are infringed upon. He has a proven track record of winning favorable verdicts for his clients in several cases involving the following:

·       Personal injury: Medical malpractice, auto accidents, wrongful death, premises liability accidents

·       Civil rights: Excessive force by police, malicious prosecutions, injuries/fatalities suffered while in prison or police custody, unlawful arrests, unlawful search and seizures, wrongful imprisonment

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 2001, Mr. Nelson earned his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Bloomington in 2005. While there, he was placed on the dean’s list and was given the Top Oralist Award in his university’s Moot Court Competition. He became licensed to practice law in Minnesota the same year and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in 2006. 

Never afraid to stand by his clients’ side through litigation, Mr. Nelson approaches every case as if it is going to trial. He has also handled a number of appellate cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and has been successful in procuring millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients who faced life-altering injuries or civil rights violations.

Mr. Nelson actively participates in many professional activities by maintaining memberships in the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. He has also written several articles for many esteemed publications.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Police Misconduct, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


1 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

About Oliver E. Nelson

First Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  •  Indiana University-Indianapolis, Political Science

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Meet Magistrate Judge Jeffery J. Keyes, Bar Talk, October 17, 2008
  • New Discovery Rules – For Your Client’s Benefit and Your Own, The Hennepin Lawyer, March 2007, Volume 76 Number 3 (co-author)


  • Dean's Honors, I was a Dean's Honors Students at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2004-2005

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Minnesota Association of Justice, 2011
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers  
  • U.S. District Court – Minnesota District, 2006
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2005
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Office Location for Oliver E. Nelson

2915 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Phone: 612-767-1871

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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