Fred Nelson is Senior Advisor and Director of Major Litigation for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; he assists the Attorney General on various issues of legal policy and in assessing the Office’s proper legal position and arguments in given cases.
His prior government service includes work in the federal government as Majority Counsel for a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy in the Reagan Justice Department; as Associate White House Counsel under the first President Bush; and as the first Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel for Cincinnati Congressman Steve Chabot.
Fred was elected Judge of the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas in 2002. He served in that capacity from 2003 - 2009, handling felony cases ranging from murder allegations to white collar crime charges and also complex civil cases including constitutional law disputes, malpractice and personal injury claims, and commercial contract matters.
In the private sector, Fred practiced civil litigation with a major Cincinnati law firm both before and after his White House stint. He also ran a public policy development firm based in Cincinnati, and was a producer and regular panelist on the WCPO-TV show Hotseat
. Shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, he worked on legal reform issues with the office of the Counsel to the President of Ukraine in Kiev and with the Committee on Legislation of the Supreme Soviet in Moscow while serving under the auspices of the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law initiative.
He was valedictorian of his class at Hamilton College and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
and was named best advocate as a member of the winning Ames Moot Court team. He and his wife Shannon are the proud parents of Gabrielle and Alex Nelson.