William D. Nelson

William D. Nelson

Partner
wnelson@lrrc.com vCard
719.386.3057 office
719.386.3070 fax
90 South Cascade Avenue
Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Mr. Nelson is a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation practice group. His practice is concentrated in the area of securities litigation, securities arbitration and regulatory defense. Mr. Nelson represents broker-dealers, registered investment advisors and individual securities professionals. Mr. Nelson has been involved in more than four hundred arbitration proceedings, as counsel and as an arbitrator, before FINRA, NASD and AAA. Mr. Nelson has represented clients in injunctive cases in various courts involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He has represented clients in investigation and enforcement actions before the SEC, FINRA and various state regulators. Mr. Nelson also represents businesses and employers in employment matters including defending and enforcing restrictive covenants, wrongful termination issues, discrimination issues and handling matters before the EEOC and its state counterparts.

Mr. Nelson spent six years as Associate General Counsel to a New York Stock Exchange member firm where he had both legal and business responsibilities. He held various securities licenses including registered representative, general securities principal and branch office manager. Mr. Nelson has also acted as an expert witness in securities arbitration matters.

Mr. Nelson also serves as a mediator and arbitrator primarily in securities disputes.

Professional Experience

  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (legacy firm Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP), 1999-Present
  • Slivka Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C., Shareholder, 1991-1999
  • Kemper Securities, Inc., Associate General Counsel, 1990-1991
  • Boettcher & Company, Inc., Associate General Counsel, 1985-1990
  • Moye Giles O'Keefe Vermeire & Gorrell, P.C., Associate, 1982-1985
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Law Clerk to the Honorable Jean S. Breitenstein, 1981-1982

Article

  • Co-Author, "3 Cybersecurity Concerns In Mergers And Acquisitions," Law360, November 2016
  • Author, "Has the Protocol for Broker Recruiting Become the de facto Industry Standard?," RJ&L Securities Industry Update, June 2009
  • Author, "Variable Annuities: New Rule Coming!," RJ&L Securities Industry Update, October 2006

Other Info

Education

J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 1981
B.A., University of Colorado, 1977, with Distinction

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1982

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Colorado State Judicial District Courts
Colorado Supreme Court
Colorado Court of Appeals
U.S. Tax Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Board of Trustees, President
  • City of Colorado Springs Community Advancing Public Safety, Leadership Committee, Chairman
  • THEATREWORKS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Advisory Board, Chairman
  • Colorado Springs Downtown Business Improvement District, Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Board of Directors
  • The Colorado Springs School, Board of Trustees, Past Chairman, 2012-2015
  • Securities Litigation Commentator, Senior Contributing Editor
  • Securities Arbitration Commentator, Board of Editors
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association