Laura E. Nelson is a business litigator whose background in —and commitment to—human rights gives her a nuanced understanding of power that benefits all her clients. Laura handles antitrust, contract, financial, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, unfair competition, and other complex business litigation matters. Her clients range from individuals to Fortune 50 companies, and she has experience serving both plaintiffs and defendants as clients. Clients appreciate her legal acumen and forthright analysis and hire her because of her ability to counsel her clients at any stage in a dispute to meet case and business goals.
Laura is experienced at all stages of litigation, including evaluating cases, counseling clients, designing litigation strategies, setting budgets, seeking temporary restraining orders, managing and running discovery, defending and taking depositions, briefing and arguing dispositive and nondispositive motions, working with experts, resolving cases through settlement, mediation, and arbitration, acting as trial counsel (including first-chair trial experience), and drafting and arguing appeals. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP, she was a staff attorney with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Women's Human Rights Program and served as a law clerk to Hennepin County District Court Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance. She continues to serve as pro bono counsel with a particular emphasis on seeking safety for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.