Mr. Nelson represents individuals and publicly- and privately-owned companies in a broad range of commercial transactions and disputes, including the organization and governance of business entities, the acquisition and disposition of business assets and interests in business enterprises, and litigation and arbitrations involving the interpretation and enforcement of commercial contracts.
A substantial part of Mr. Nelson's practice centers on the representation of institutional lenders in the negotiation and enforcement of leases, mortgages and other security interests in real and personal property, commercial loan participation and syndication agreements, intercreditor agreements, commercial and standby letters of credit, and other commercial contracts.
Mr. Nelson has represented issuers of securities in private placements involving multi-family residential developments and businesses operating in the hospitality, self-storage and broadcasting industries, among others.
Mr. Nelson has also represented clients in the acquisition and disposition of interests in timber, minerals, oil and gas, and other natural resources, developers of properties adjoining the Great Lakes and inland lakes and streams, and developers and owners of residential, commercial, office and industrial properties in the full range of their activities, including the acquisition and disposition of unimproved and improved land, and the financing and leasing of such properties.
In 1999, after more than 28 years with Dykema Gossett PLLC, Mr. Nelson and three others left that firm to form Myers Nelson Dillon & Shierk, PLLC. Mr. Nelson joined Dykema Gossett PLLC as an associate in 1971, upon graduation from University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to partnership in 1978. Mr. Nelson worked in Dykema Gossett's Detroit or Oakland County offices until 1984, when he moved to Grand Rapids in conjunction with the opening of Dykema Gossett's Grand Rapids office. For a period of time before moving to Grand Rapids, Mr. Nelson served as head of Dykema Gossett's Real Estate Practice Group. He was the partner in charge of Dykema Gossett's Grand Rapids office when he left that firm.