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Jonathan D. F. Nelson

Litigation Attorney at Law

When Texas clients need dependable legal advice for business and personal planning, and a strong advocate in court actions, Jon Nelson has earned an enviable reputation for his caring approach and consistently positive results. Jonathan D.F. Nelson, P.C. is available to assist new clients across a wide range of legal matters, including:

  • General civil litigation

  • Commercial litigation

  • Business law

One purpose of legal counsel is to forewarn you about the legal consequences of any actions you're contemplating so you can limit your potential liability and maximize your potential gain. Jon Nelson has the experience and knowledge of the law to set you on the right path for your unique circumstances. However, life comes without guarantees, so when conflicts arise, you want proactive and assertive advocacy that nips problems in the bud, negotiates cost-effective solutions, and when necessary, can vindicate your rights in court.

Attorney Jonathan D.F. Nelson is AV® Preeminent™Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating given for legal professionalism and ethics. He is consistently chosen one of the Best Trial Lawyers in Texas by U.S. News and World Report.

"Each case can be very different and may require a unique approach — but I love the challenge."

Few lawyers in Fort Worth have spent as much time in the courtroom as Jon Nelson; Nor are there many as well regarded for their skills in that arena.

A long-time resident of Fort Worth, Jon has been practicing law for 37 years, mostly in the area of medical malpractice defense. In the past several years, Jon has redirected his practice to representing all kinds of people with all kinds of legal problems. Jon has the recognized ability to cut to the bone of a legal issue with almost blinding speed. Talk to courthouse lawyers who have been around awhile and chances are you will hear a story about a Jon Nelson cross-examination.

Jon has also, for years, been deeply involved in the community, having served as chairman, president or a member of various civic organizations, including:

  • James L. West Alzheimer's Center

  • Cook Children's Medical Center Executive Board

  • The Women's Center

  • The City of Fort Worth Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Housing Authority and the Park and Recreation Board

  • The Board of Samaritan House (which houses, educates, and provides job training for those with AIDS/HIV)

  • Two committees appointed by the mayor dealing with the design and construction of the Southwest Parkway and the revitalization of the southern portion of downtown Fort Worth.

Jon has also served on the Library Foundation Board and on the Heritage Park Steering Committee. He's also been chairman of ICARE, an organization involved in public transportation issues, a member of the City Manager's Diversity Task Force and Healthcare Benefits Committee, President of Fairness Fort Worth, a member of HRC, Equality Texas, Lambda Legal, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and the DFW Federal Club.

Military Service

  • United States Army, First Lieutenant, 1969–1971

    • Airborne Infantry - Combat Infantry Officer, Vietnam

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, Fort Worth Chapter of ABOTA (2009-2010)

  • American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Tarrant County (Director, 1990-1991)

  • American Bar Association

  • Tarrant County Civil Trial Lawyers Association (Vice President, 1988-1989)

  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fellow

  • Texas Bar Foundation

  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (Director, 1979-1980)


  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1991–Present


  • Avvo Top Rated Lawyer, 2020

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Law School

  • J.D. - Texas Tech University, 1975

    • Graduated with honors

    • Order of Barristers

    • Moot Court Board


  • B.A. - Tulane University, 1968

Jon Nelson Day Proclamation

Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor of Fort Worth declaring July 23, 2013 "Jon Nelson Day"