Michael E. Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle, WA

NLE Law / Nelson, Langer, Engle PLLC
 | 12055 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125-5031
Phone: 206-504-3829
Fax: 206-622-7068
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%)
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Nelson Langer Engle, PLLC, Michael E. Nelson is widely considered one of Washington state's leading personal injury attorneys. Based in Seattle, he represents people across the state who have been harmed by another party's negligence. Mr. Nelson's particular focus is on traumatic brain injuries that result from slips and falls, workplace accidents, motor vehicle crashes, assaults and contact sports. His interest in this area stems in large part from a serious head injury that he sustained in college as a result of a collision with a truck that was being driven by an operator who was under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to cases dealing with brain injuries, Mr. Nelson's personal injury and wrongful death experience extends to medical malpractice and premises liability. During his career, he has been able to obtain several seven-figure and higher settlements and jury awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients, and this has led to his induction into the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nelson also provides assistance to clients whose long-term disability claims have been denied by their insurance companies in bad faith. Held in high esteem by his fellow attorneys, he has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

A native of Washington, Mr. Nelson graduated from the University of Washington in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude. He received his legal education at what was then known as the University of Puget Sound School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1974. Mr. Nelson is admitted to practice in Washington as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. His professional memberships include the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Insurance Coverage (20%): Insurance

Employee Benefits (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Insurance


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Michael Nelson

Admitted: 1975, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.nlelaw.com/our-attorneys/mike-nelson


  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, North American Brain Injury Society
  • Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
  • Member, Trial Lawyers College
  • Member, South King Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Brain Injury Association of Washington
  • Member, National Brain Injury Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Representative Clients:

  • Rader v King County Department of TransportationBrain Injury, back fractures, loss of consortium.  Plaintiff sued King County for inadequate traffic control plan. Settled for $5 million , 2009
  • Zachery LystedtThe case behind the Zachery Lystedt Law which protects youth athletics from preventable brain injuries in Washington State by changing the return to play guidelines following a concussion., 2009
  • Holschen Family v. Washington State Department of TransportationCable Barrier cross over accident., 2006
  • Schultz v. Anacortes High School. A landmark case which developed the medial legal issue of Second Impact Syndrome and a schools responsibility for preventable brain injury., 1998

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • TBI Litigation Group
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • WSAJ
Find Me Online
Website - www.nlelaw.com
Office Location for Michael E. Nelson

12055 15th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98125-5031

Phone: 206-504-3829

Fax: 206-622-7068

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Last Updated: 1/16/2019

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