Joelle Nelson


Joelle Nelson is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and Vice-Chair of the National General Liability Practice. She has successfully handled a wide variety of claims related to transportation, which includes bus, trucking, TNC, and dram shop related accidents; catastrophic injury; construction and construction defect claims; products liability defenses ranging from horizontal auger boring machines to common household products; premises liability claims on behalf of small businesses to large national retailers; hospitality litigation regarding both premises and food safety matters; oil and gas; as well as environmental and environmental clean-up litigation, which includes all phases. Ms. Nelson empowers her clients with a steadfast commitment to each and every case, offers straightforward strategies that provides guidance through the legal process, and engages in diligent preparation, while recognizing and taking advantage of any and all opportunities that arise.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Products Liability
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Environment, Land, & Natural Resources Law
  • Hospitality
  • National Trial Practice

Additional Experience



U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Bankruptcy Division

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • The Harris County Bar Association
  • The Fort Bend County Bar Association
  • The Women Contractors Association
  • Texas State Bar Oil, Gas, Energy Resource Division 
  • Texas State Bar, Construction Division
  • Texas State Bar, Litigation Division

Awards & Honors

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ms. Nelson was named a Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Compiled through peer nomination and research, only two percent of attorneys in Texas, under 40 years-old, receive this distinction.

Professional Presentations

  • The “3 in 1” on Texas Construction Law.  Joelle Nelson, CLE, August 2021
  • "First and Third Party Claims Litigation.” Joelle Nelson, CLE, August 2015


South Texas College of Law

Juris Doctor

University of Southern Maine

Bachelor of Science

Prior Experience

Ms. Nelson was the briefing attorney for Justice John S. Anderson, with the Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. She drafted several, often complex, civil and criminal appellate opinions.


  • “Traps Along the Road to Future Medical Care Awards." Joelle Kenney, April 8, 2002, TEXAS LAWYER, VOL. 18, pg. 30
  • "CORPORATE GEMS: The Corporate Practice of Medicine." Joelle Kenney, July 21-23, 2002, TTLA Advances Personal Injury Law Course 2002, Houston, Texas
  • "Medical Malpractice: Recent Developments from the Plaintiff's Perspective." Joelle Kenney, March 6, 2003, South Texas College of Law, Personal Injury Law Conference 2003, Houston, Texas
  • “Health Care Liability: Experts.” Joelle Kenney, August 14, 2003, University of Houston Law Center, Tort Reform and Insurance Law: 2003 Legislative Update.

Representative Cases

As a briefing attorney for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Ms. Nelson drafted the dissent in Lawrence v. State, 41 S.W.3d 349 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, pet ref’d), cert. granted, 531 U.S. 1004, and judgment reversed, 539 U.S. 558 (2003), elements of which were later adopted by the United States Supreme Court.

Community Activities

Ms. Nelson is also a participant and Co-Chair of the Chevron Houston Marathon “Hero” Program benefiting The Parish School, which is a non-profit school specializing in intervention for children with neurological differences.

Personal Statement

Ms. Nelson is married to Christopher Nelson and they have a daughter, Jocelyn Grace. Together, Joelle and her family support local Houston schools specializing in children with neurological differences.