Prior to opening Nelson Law, Ricky R. Nelson spent time as an exceptional criminal defense lawyer in Bend, Oregon. Nelson’s past experience includes time spent as an associate at Baxter Harder and Byrant Emerson in Redmond. Nelson also worked as a public defender at Crabtree and Rahmsdorff.
Nelson founded Nelson Law under the philosophy that aggressive legal representation should be affordable and transparent. Born and raised in Central Oregon, Nelson graduated at valedictorian of his class at La Pine High School. He accepted a Presidential Scholarship from the University of Oregon in order to gain an education that would allow him to return to Central Oregon and give back to his community.
My clients are my family, and I protect them just as fiercely.
Nelson Law’s legal services include Ricky R. Nelson’s areas of specialty. Nelson Law handles a full spectrum of criminal law cases including restraining orders, expungements, drug possessions, Measure 11 matters, domestic violence, sex crimes, assault and many other areas of practice. Nelson specializes in DUI and DUII defense, as well as marijuana crimes. Nelson also has experience in family law, representing high-conflict custody cases and divorces.
Ricky R. Nelson earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. He also holds a certificate in Human Biology.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Nelson pursued his Juris Doctorate degree at Lewis and Clark Law School. He graduated cum laude with a certificate in criminal law and procedure.
Ricky R. Nelson holds several professional memberships and boasts recognition as a 2019 and 2020 Rising Star Super Lawyer selectee.
- 2020 Rising Star Super Lawyer
- 2020 American Academy of Attorneys Top 40 Under 40
- 2020 Top Attorneys In Oregon Rising Stars Recognition (Portland Monthly, July 2020)
- 2019 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- 2019 Rising Star Super Lawyer
- Member of the Deschutes County Bar Association
- Admitted to Oregon Federal Bar
- Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Licensed in 2013 — Bar Number 134397
Nelson plays as hard as he works. He believes in a balanced life and spends his free time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, running with his canine companion Bently the boxer, paddle boarding and going to see live music. Nelson is also a certified yoga instructor and finds balance practicing yoga at studios throughout Central Oregon. You may also find him in his garage working on the same 1968 Chevy Camaro he restored with his father as a teenager.