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About Justin Nelson

Get to know Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General in 2018.

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Personal Life

Houston native Justin Nelson, 43, is the son of a labor union lawyer and a travel agent.

He and his wife Elizabeth live in Austin, Texas with their three children.


Nelson received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Non-profit Work

Nelson is the founder and former president of One Nation One Vote, a non-profit dedicated to replacing the Electoral College with a national popular vote and fighting gerrymandering.

Under the organization’s plan, that could be accomplished in time for the 2020 presidential election without a constitutional amendment if enough states agreed to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner.

Prior to attending law school, Nelson spent four summers in Latin America leading education and public health projects with the Houston-based non-profit organization Amigos de las Americas.

Early Career

Nelson clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.

Nelson clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Nelson is a practicing lawyer specializing in high-stakes civil litigation as a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP.

Nelson has served as Chair of the Economics of the Profession Committee in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division and is Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He has practiced and taught constitutional law and is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law.


2018 Texas Attorney General

Nelson is a Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General in the 2018 Texas Elections. Nelson is challenging GOP incumbent Ken Paxton. Paxton has been indicted for criminal securities fraud.

No one has challenged Paxton in the Republican primary.


Nelson has been recognized as follows:

  • World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
    Intellectual Asset Management Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyer®
    Thompson Reuters
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
    Intellectual Asset Management magazine


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