Nelson Wolff – Senior Partner
Nelson is a partner of the firm. He represents railroad and maritime employees in personal injury and death cases under the FELA and Jones Act. He also represents numerous employees of large corporations in claims brought under ERISA arising from mismanagement of 401k retirement plans.
Nelson has been serving on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 2004. He has been selected for many consecutive years for inclusion in the "Best Lawyers in America" in the specialty of Railroad Law, including in 2016, when he was named St. Louis Railroad Law “Lawyer of the Year;” has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas "Super Lawyer" by the publisher of Law & Politics in every year since 2005 and again this year in the field of Transportation Law which includes railroad and maritime injuries; and has been selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the years 2014-2017. In 2018, Nelson received the Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards from Lawyers.com. He is also the only Missouri lawyer listed as a "Preferred Attorney" by the National Mariners Association. Nelson has also had numerous articles published in legal journals on personal injury subjects and has presented legal seminars to other attorneys.
Nelson has additionally received several awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly, including the following recent awards:
- A 2016 award for securing one of the five largest settlements in the state ($7 million);
- The 2015 award for securing the largest reported plaintiff verdict in the state ($12.5 million); and
- The 2014 award for securing the most plaintiff verdicts at trial in one year.
Throughout his career, he has successfully tried cases in multiple jurisdictions and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured railroad and maritime workers, among others. An example of his work is a case for an injured railroad worker who was unable to return to his job as a track machine operator where the jury awarded a verdict of $5 million against the Union Pacific and AMTRAK Railroads. He also was the lead trial lawyer in the first 401k excessive fee class action trial, Tibble v. Edison, on which the United States Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of Schlichter Bogard & Denton’s clients. He has also been recognized in the Waterways Journal for his successful representation of a widow for the death of her husband, a chief engineer who suffered a heart attack while working for American Commercial Barge Line Company, in which she received over $1 million following a jury verdict. This case was the subject of a FOX television story and was featured in the Waterways Journal. He has additionally successfully handled a maritime case challenging the longstanding industry practice of "jerking wires" and obtained a precedent-setting jury verdict.
Education: Emory University, B.A. 1988.
University of Missouri, J.D. 1992; Law review; Two-time winner National Moot Court Prize for Appellate Advocacy.
Admitted: Missouri (1992); Illinois (1993); Arkansas (2006); the United States Supreme Court (1995); the Federal Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits; and numerous Federal District Courts.
Press & Publications: FOX television, Waterways Journal, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, National Mariners Association Newsletters