Jonathan Robert Nelson

Jonathan Robert Nelson

Nelson Madden Black LLP, lawyers for churches and other religious institutions
  • Appeals & Appellate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business Law
  • New York
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I am a trial lawyer and litigator. I also provide corporate advice and representation to religious institutions and represent foreign nationals in applications for religious asylum. I have actively practiced as a lawyer since graduating from law school in 1983. After eight years of training in big firms in Chicago and New York, I established my own law office in New York City. In summer, 2016, I joined with two other experienced lawyers to form Nelson Madden Black LLP. Our firm focuses on the representation of churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious institutions, and individuals who have legal issues that relate to religion in some way. We have been featured on the Wall Street Journal's blog and in other publications. My law degree is from Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, where I was managing editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business. I earned a master's degree in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Yale College. I have been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2012 and have been rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell since 1998. Extensive information about my legal experience is available at my firm's website:

Practice Areas
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Religious Institutions Law ("Church Law")
  • Constitutional Law
  • General Civil
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    MasterCard, VISA, American Express
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most matters billed on an hourly basis, with an initial retainer.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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  • French: Spoken
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Founding partner
Nelson Madden Black LLP
- Current
New York City lawyers representing churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious institutions. Advice and representation relating to governance, bylaws, construction, property, employment, constitutional and civil rights, free speech, free exercise, and other legal issues.
Attorney at Law
Sole practitioner since 1991; incorporated 2008.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Litigation Department
Chapman and Cutler
Municipal Finance and Litigation Departments
Tufts University
M.A. (1984) | International Business Relations
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
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Northwestern University
J.D. (1983)
Activities: Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, Managing Editor
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Yale University
B.A. | American Studies
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 2201184
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Risks for religious institutions in the management of real property, "Managing Risk at Your Church", New York, NY
Christian Legal Society, New York City Chapter
Websites & Blogs
Website for Nelson Madden Black LLP
Contact & Map
Nelson Madden Black LLP
475 Park Avenue South
Suite 2800
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 382-4300
Fax: (212) 382-4319
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