Scott L. Nelson

Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group

Scott L. Nelson is an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, DC, where he has a pro bono, public interest practice including consumer law, campaign finance regulation, class actions, arbitration, administrative law, regulation of hazardous products and substances, access to government records, energy regulation, environmental law, and Supreme Court and appellate practice.

Mr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 and Harvard Law School in 1984. He was President of the Harvard Law Review in 1983-84. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Nelson was a law clerk to Associate Justice Byron R. White of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining Public Citizen in 2001, Mr. Nelson practiced with the Washington, DC, law firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin. He joined the firm in the fall of 1986 and became a partner in 1991.

Both in private practice and at Public Citizen, Mr. Nelson's law practice has centered on civil litigation and appellate practice, including practice before the United States Supreme Court. His clients have included a former President of the United States, a sitting United States District Judge, the American Bar Association, and the American Historical Association. Mr. Nelson's practice has involved him in arbitrations, administrative trial-type hearings, trials in federal court, and appeals in both federal and state court systems. He has argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Nelson’s private practice spanned a diverse range, including: death penalty cases; complex white-collar criminal cases; insurance coverage litigation; representation of lawyers and law firms; patent litigation; and cases involving major constitutional issues. Much of his practice was devoted to constitutional and administrative-law issues relating to the disposition of the Presidential papers of former President Richard Nixon.

Mr. Nelson is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous federal courts.