The crazy idea that the practice of law could be different. That it could be so much more than how many hours were billed that year. Instead of impersonal corporations, it could be about serving real people. People who wanted to create something bigger than themselves. People who wanted to pursue their passions. So I started my own law firm to help serious entrepreneurs, small to mid-size businesses, and non-profits do just that.
Since starting the firm in the summer of 2014, I have helped serious entrepreneurs, small to mid-size businesses, and non-profit organizations minimize legal risks, resolve disputes, and plan for the future. I regularly advise clients on a variety of business issues including business formation, contract drafting, employment law, intellectual property (including trademarks and licensing), and succession planning.
I also defend clients in a variety of business disputes and litigation, including internal disputes with business partners, breach of contract cases, employment litigation, franchisor/franchisee disputes, intellectual property infringement, and appeals. My goal is always to help clients protect their interests, especially in the business they've worked so hard to build.
In addition to running the firm, I serve as Outside General Counsel for the Juvenile Justice Coalition, Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, and other small to mid-size businesses.
Freedom from "traditional" corporate America gives you the ability to pursue your passions.
Clients include businesses and non-profits from a wide variety of industries, such as transportation companies, franchises, home health care agencies, tech start-ups, the food industry, consultants and marketing companies, real estate investors, software companies, youth advocacy programs, churches, medical/dental offices, accounting practices, the personal fitness industry, and retailers and wholesalers.
J.D., The University of Texas, School of Law, 2007
TYLA Mock Trial Team
B.A., Howard University, 2004
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Mock Trial Team
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Chapter
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2010
District of Columbia, 2008 (Inactive)
Virginia, 2007 (Withdrawn)
Community and Bar Association Activities
NAWBO Columbus, Treasurer
Roy G Biv, Board Member
Gahanna Area Arts Council, Board Member
Columbus Bar Association, Minorities in the Law Committee (Co-Chair 2015-2017)
John Mercer Langston Bar Association (Board Member, Solo/Small Firm Committee 2016-2018)
Why Marriage Matters Campaign
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (Former Board Member)
Adoption Network Public Policy Committee (Former Member)
Baker & Hostetler, LLP, 2009 - 2014
Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP, 2007 - 2009
2017 Ohio Rising Stars List
Maritza S. Nelson
Serve as Outside General Counsel for Juvenile Justice Coalition.
Represented an army officer charged with attempted suicide while serving in Iraq. Helped client withdraw coerced resignation in lieu of court-martial. Maintained contacts with the media, ensuring favorable publicity. After the military equivalent of a pre-trial hearing, the case was dismissed. The client was honorably discharged and able to keep all benefits.
As a student attorney with the Criminal Defense Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law, obtained two not guilty verdicts in bench and jury trials for clients charged with theft and public intoxication.
Before deciding to venture out on my own, I spent seven years at two of the largest law firms in the country as an associate attorney in their respective litigation groups. During that time, some of my cases included:
representing a global supplier of custom-engineered equipment in a trade secrets case where two former employees took the secrets and went to work for a competitor;
multiple trademark infringement cases for a product certification company whose product certifications were being copied and used without permission;
a Fair Housing Act suit accusing a property management company of having a pattern or practice of discrimination because of the actions of one rogue (former) employee;
representing a real estate company and several of its realtors in litigation with a disgruntled customer;
suing to recover preferential and fraudulent transfers in multiple Ponzi scheme cases, including the infamous Madoff case.