Charles Nelson

Charles E. Nelson


Charlie Nelson is a litigator who assists clients with issues related to bankruptcy, debtor-creditor rights, commercial financial disputes, real estate and construction disputes, probate and trust administration disputes, and pre- and post-judgment collection efforts. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota and at both the trial and appellate levels.

Prior to his legal career, Charlie was a leader and maintenance professional, serving six years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer, including a temporary duty assignment at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia with the 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron in support of Operation Southern Watch. He also worked for Target Corporation as a Facilities Operations Manager. He led teams of between 50 and 350 people during his maintenance career.


Representative Matters

  • Represented lead bank in litigation involving participated loan
  • Represented consortium of four unsecured regional banks in commercial loan workout
  • Represented regional bank in litigation in state and federal courts defending against breach of contract and fraudulent lender liability claims

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Robert J. Kressel, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, Secured Transactions, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Fall 2021

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Government Relations Practice, 2024

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015–2018, 2023

Speaking Engagements

2017 Advanced Lending Seminar, May, 2017

Co-presenter, "Debtor/Creditor Receiverships: Representing Receivers, Creditors, and Parties-In-Interest," Hennepin County Bar Association, January, 2017

2016 Advanced Lending Seminar, April, 2016

Board Memberships & Community Service

Minnesota Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Board Secretary and Chairperson of the Awards Committee

Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota, Board of Directors

Minneapolis Downtown Council, Transportation Committee


Author, "Review in Bankruptcy Cases," 8th Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 9th edition, Chapter 16, 2020

Co-author, “Involuntary Bankruptcy,” Minnesota Debtor – Creditor Handbook, 12th edition, Chapter 11, 2022

Author, Judicial Profile, Hon. Robert J. Kressel, The Federal Lawyer, June 2013



University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D. 2011)
President of Student Government 3L Year

University of South Dakota (M.B.A. 2002)

U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S. 1996)
Varsity Men’s Basketball – 4 Year Letterman




North Dakota

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota