Michael R.


Mike Nelson represents publicly traded companies and privately held corporations in complex business litigation and regulatory matters in a variety of different industries. Mike’s litigation experience includes class action defense, multidistrict litigation, jury and bench trials, and appellate arguments. He has litigated matters in virtually every state. He is licensed in five jurisdictions, is admitted to practice in 12 U.S. District and Circuit Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is currently litigating matters filed in 20 states.

Mike co-chairs Sutherland’s Class Action Team (CAT) and leads a team of 38 lawyers across the U.S. serving clients globally.

Mike has testified several times before the Federal Court’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and was invited to participate in the Federal Court Rules Advisory Committee Judicial Conference on E-discovery (Fordham University, 2006). He testified on pleading standards in the wake of Twombly/Iqbal (Duke University, 2010) and  testified before the Federal Court’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure on January 4, 2017, regarding proposed rule reforms relating to class action litigation.

Mike’s practice also includes vast regulatory experience at the state, federal and international levels. His in-depth knowledge in these areas makes Mike a sought-after speaker on regulation modernization regarding insurance, automotive, transportation, manufacturing and data transmission. Due to his regulatory and litigation experience, Mike is asked to consult with clients on strategies relating to threats to corporate business practices, corporate governance, marketplace behavior, competitive advantage, new product introductions and platform positioning.

Mike began his career as a lawyer at the age of 34. He attended a four-year law school program in the evening at the age of 30 while simultaneously working full time as a regional manager for MetLife. During that time, Mike and his wife began raising their two sons one of whom works in the insurance industry and the other as a lawyer.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers®  (2006-2007, 2013-2016)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of dispute resolution - general commercial (2016)

Professional Activities

Committee Member, American Bar Association, International Law Section
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Association Internationale de Droit des Assurance

  • J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
  • B.S., State University of New York College at Cortland
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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