Charles E. Nelson

Tel 612.371.2438
Fax 612.371.3207

Charles E. Nelson assists clients with issues related to bankruptcy, debtor-creditor rights, commercial financial disputes, and pre- and post-judgment collection efforts. He has represented clients in state and federal courts at both 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. He also worked for Target Corporation as a Facilities Operations Manager. He led teams of between 50 and 350 people during his maintenance career.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Robert J. Kressel, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota

Representative Matters

  • Represented lead bank in litigation involving participated loan
  • Represented national bank in uniform commercial code litigation and subsequent appeal
  • Represented both indenture trustee and DIP agent in Chapter 11 restructuring of Magnetation, LLC, and its affiliates in the District of Minnesota
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in avoidance actions for fraudulent transfers in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in Minnesota and South Dakota
  • Represented national banks and secured lenders in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases in Minnesota
  • Represented national banks and secured lenders in claim and delivery/replevin actions
  • Represented national bank in litigation defending claims of breach of contract and bad faith during commercial loan workout
  • Represented official committee of secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Represented national and regional banks and other secured lenders in pre- and post-judgment collection activities including: post-judgment discovery, garnishments, priority disputes, redemption of lien interests in foreclosure, and petitions for recognition of foreign-country judgments

Recognitions and Accomplishments

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015–2016

Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017


Co-author, "Review in Bankruptcy Cases," 8th Circuit Appellate Practice Manual, 7th edition, Chapter 16, 2016

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

Community Activities

Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota, Board of Directors

Minneapolis Downtown Council, Transportation Committee

Twin Cities Area U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Officer, Board of Directors

University of St. Thomas School of Law (J.D. 2011)

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

U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S. 1996)


U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit