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James E. Nelson


James E. Nelson

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York
Phone: 845-452-5900
Fax: 845-452-5848
Email: Email Me

Jim Nelson has practiced litigation, municipal , commercial and media law for over thirty-five years. As counsel to commercial and not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and media outlets, he regularly handles their matters from consultation through completion. In addition, he consistently uses techniques to avoid unnecessary litigation and control costs, all while assuring that the results sought by his clients are achieved.

Jim is an active community volunteer, and graduated from Union College with honors in Economics, and from Albany Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board for the Albany Law Review. Before returning to his hometown of Poughkeepsie, Jim worked for the major New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon and Reindel.

Practices Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Commerical and Not-for-Profit
  • Litigation and Media Law


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
      J.D. – 1973
      Law Review: Editorial Board of the Albany Law Review, Member
  • Union College, Schenectady, New York
      • B.A.

    summa cum laude

      – 1970
      Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dutchess County Planning Advisory Board, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
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