Matthew Nelson

Managing Partner

  • location icon Charleston, WV
    222 Capitol Street
    Fifth Floor
    Charleston, WV 25301

Matthew Nelson is the managing partner in the Charleston, West Virginia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice. Mr. Nelson focuses his practice on the defense of manufacturers and premises owners in asbestos, silica, toxic/mass tort and environmental claims. Mr. Nelson is experienced in guiding clients through initial claim evaluation, discovery and trial. Mr. Nelson routinely serves as liaison and lead counsel in mass tort claims filed throughout West Virginia. Mr. Nelson also has extensive experience representing oil and gas companies and coal companies in claims arising out of alleged workplace injuries and exposures.

Mr. Nelson has served as national and regional counsel for a number of clients in asbestos litigation. In that role, Mr. Nelson coordinates the defense of asbestos claims from initial evaluation, discovery, and trial. Mr. Nelson takes an active role in the defense of cases across the country to coordinate and maintain a consistent defense to reduce liability and exposure. He often takes a leading role in the examination of plaintiff's medical and scientific experts. Mr. Nelson and his team have worked with clients to investigate and understand decades of history involving numerous facilities across the United States pertinent to current and potential future claims. He has interviewed hundreds of retired safety professionals, physicians, engineers and facility managers. Mr. Nelson is currently active in defense steering committees designed to maintain order to dockets containing thousands of cases.

Mr. Nelson routinely assists clients in employment-related matters, including age, gender disability, workers’ compensation discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and workplace safety lawsuits. 

Mr. Nelson also has experience in defending an international company in the defense of thousands of cases involving alleged exposure to silica. 

In addition, Mr. Nelson routinely represents companies and employers in the oil, gas and coal industries. A native Mountaineer, Mr. Nelson understands the extraction industries and their importance to the local and national economy.


  • "Ramblings of a Young Lawyer" - The Whisper - DRI Young Lawyer Monthly, Winter 2010
  • "Regulation and Litigation" - Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting, 2010
  • "The Class Action Fairness Act" - Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Litigation Conference, Winter 2007

Community Activities

  • Board Member - Winfield Little League, 2014 to present
  • Manager - Winfield Little League / St. Albans Little League, 2012 to present
  • Coach - Winfield Youth Basketball / St. Albans Girls Basketball, 2010 to present

Professional Presentations

  • "Regulation and Litigation" - Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Annual Meeting, 2010
  • "The Class Action Fairness Act" - Defense Trial Counsel of West


West Virginia

United States District Court Southern District of West Virginia


  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2008-2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Mass Tort
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating


West Virginia University College of Law

Juris Doctor, 2003

Universidad Madera - Puebla, México


High Point University

Bachelor of Science in International Business, summa cum laude, 2003

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