John E. Nelson III
After a varied career that has included a Fifth Circuit clerkship, practices in New York, Washington and Houston, and advocacy teaching at the University of Texas, Jay Nelson supports the firm’s leading trial and appellate lawyers with insightful research and incisive writing. To paraphrase a familiar advertising campaign, Jay’s role is not to produce results for the firm’s clients, but to make those results better.
Reflecting changes in the law over 35 years, Jay worked on antitrust, securities and corporate control cases in the 1970s, product liability and toxic tort cases in the ‘80s, ERISA and energy contract cases in the ‘90s and construction, insurance, partnership and tax cases since affiliating with Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow, LLP in 2002. He has frequently been called upon to lay the groundwork for case teams handling matters in legal fields where the firm has limited experience, such as the admiralty aspects of the Deepwater Horizon incident, in which the firm secured a take-nothing summary judgment for the wellhead manufacturer. His favorite cases are not chosen by subject matter, but are those in which he has helped obtain a victory or a favorable settlement for the client and, through research and analysis, influenced or clarified the law along the way.
He reads and writes fiction, philosophy and history, enjoys the theater and old songs, and occasionally gets skunked at tennis by his stepson, whom he taught to play.