William D. Nelson

William D. Nelson

wnelson@lrrc.com vCard
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 and a member of the Data Protection and Cybersecurity team. 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 also serves as a mediator in commercial law business disputes.

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.

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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC, Board of Directors, Member and Governance Committee Chairman
  • Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council, Member
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Board of Directors, Member and Past President
  • City of Colorado Springs Community Advancing Public Safety, Leadership Committee, Member and Past Chairman
  • University of Colorado Foundation, Board of Trustees, Member
  • 94th Flight Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Academy, Honorary Commander
  • THEATREWORKS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Advisory Board, Past President
  • The Artist Series University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Advisory Board, Member
  • Colorado Springs Downtown Business Improvement District, Board of Directors, Past President
  • Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, Board of Directors, Member
  • Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs, Board of Directors, Founder, Member and Past President
  • The Colorado Springs School, Board of Trustees, Past Chairman
  • Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service
  • Securities Litigation Commentator, Senior Contributing Editor
  • Securities Arbitration Commentator, Board of Editors
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association

Related News

Colorado Springs public safety group recognizes Nelson
Securities litigation attorney honored for leadership, support of police, fire departments

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Other Info


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

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