Judge Nelson, Council Bluffs, graduated with his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 2005. His past experience includes private practice from 2006-2010 and working for the Public Defender's Office from 2010 until his appointment to the District Associate Bench.
He is a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission. He is married with 2 children.