Craig R. Nelson


Mr. Nelson is Of Counsel to the firm. His practice includes defense of litigation in product liability, toxic torts, aviation accidents, hotel/innkeeper liability, maritime outer continental shelf platform injuries, subrogated fire claims, contract disputes, professional liability claims against physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, trucking, public health, automobile accidents and commercial litigation.
Mr. Nelson represents clients before legal tribunals including all Louisiana Courts, United States District Courts in the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Professional and Civic Activities and Honors

Louisiana State Bar Association 

Trial Attorneys of America 
President, 2009-2011
Board of Directors, 1994-2011 

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 

  • Vice Chairman, Products Liability Committee, 1988-1989
  • Chairman, Industry Wide Litigation Committee, 1990-1993 

Product Liability Advisory Council, 1989-1998

Defense Research Institute, Inc., 1976-2005

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel 

Tulane University Law School - Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy 

Loyola University Law School - Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy 

Fellow - Louisiana Bar Foundation

Federal Bar Association - Board of Directors, New Orleans Chapter, 1971‐1972 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) -Jefferson Parish, 2007‐Present 

Awarded Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal For Service in U.S. Air Force  ‐ 2010

The American Legion

Past President - Tall Timbers Owners Association



Practice Areas

  • Products Liability
  • Aviation
  • Public Health
  • Maritime
  • Transportation


  • Louisiana State Courts
  • Louisiana Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal.


  • J.D. Tulane University School of Law, 1965
  • B.A. Tulane University School of Business, 1962
  • United States Air Force-Captain, JAG Corps, 1966-1969.

Speeches and Presentations

  • Living with Litigation on Abrasive Blast Cleaning, Presented to the Steel Structures Painting Council, 1987.
  • Use of Psychiatrist in Defense of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims, Presented to Defense Research Institute Inc., 1995