Rodney K. Nelson

Top rated class action & mass torts attorney in Yakima, Washington

Abeyta Nelson Injury Law
Rodney K. Nelson
Abeyta Nelson Injury Law

Practice Areas: Class action & mass torts, Personal injury, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 1979

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2014, 2019 - 2022

Abeyta Nelson Injury Law

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902 Visit website


In Yakima, Washington, Rodney K. Nelson represents clients in class-action wildland fires as an attorney at Abeyta Nelson Injury Law. For those who live in areas prone to fires, the dry, hot climate can lead to devastating, life-threatening fires that destroy outbuildings, homes and vehicles. Mr. Nelson has over 40 years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases and is well-prepared to take on any case, no matter how big or small, to obtain the compensation his clients need to rebuild.

A frequent lecturer and published author, one of Mr. Nelson’s largest successful cases resulted in a settlement of over $60 million for fire victims in the Taylor Bridge Fire Litigation case. As a volunteer for the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services, he was named the organization’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year in 2009. With an Avvo “Superb” rating, he is considered by past clients as one of Yakima County’s top-rated attorneys.

Mr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude in 1975 from the University of Washington, then graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. Before practicing in the state of Washington, he spent a year in Alaska practicing law immediately after finishing school.

Since 2001, Mr. Nelson has been included every year to Super Lawyers list and Top 100 Super Lawyers by Washington Law & Politics. While his current focus is on wildfire claims, he is also qualified and experienced in all types of injury cases, including wrongful death; truck, car and motorcycle accidents; brain injuries; falls; job injuries; products liability; and spinal cord injuries.

Practice areas

Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Class actions, Toxic torts, Animal bites, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 20% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 70% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1978, Alaska

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Reported Cases:  Wilmot v. Kaiser Aluminum 118 Wn 2d 46, 821 P.2d 18 (1991); Kaynor v. Fairline 117 Wash. App. 575, 72 P.3d 262 (2003)
  • Mr. Nelson is an accomplished climber, having climbed Cho-Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world, Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge and the North Ridge of the Grand Teton.  He has a black belt in Shudokan Karate.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Mr. Nelson works as a volunteer attorney for Yakima Volunteer attorney Services. He has been on the Board of Children's Wishes and Dreams, a non-profit corporation providing wishes to severely and terminally ill children, for over 10 years.
Educational Background:
  • University of Washington, Honors: magna cum laude, 1975
  • Order of Coif, University of Washington Law School, 1978
  • Top 100 Super Lawyer and Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics nearly every year since 2001
  • Graduated in the Top 10% of his class, University of Washington School of Law
  • Top Rated Attorneys in Yakima County, AVVO
  • Volunteer Attorney of the Year, 2009
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Mr. Nelson spoke at the WSAJ's Insurance Law Seminar on representation of victims of wildland fires., 2013

Office location for Rodney K. Nelson

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902

Phone: 509-575-1588


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