Virginia Nelson

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • JD, 1979, University of San Diego
  • BA, 1975, Colorado State University

Professional Experience

As a trial attorney, Virginia Nelson headed her own litigation firm, specializing in medical negligence cases for over 30 years. She has handled more than 50 jury trials and arbitrations, and recovered nine figures for her clients.

Professor Nelson teaches Civil Practicum and Negotiation and California Civil Discovery Practice.

Honors and Affiliations

Nelson graduated cum laude from the School of Law where she was also a member of the San Diego Law Review. She is a former president of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Inn of Court, and the Enright American Inn of Court. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the top 1% of all trial lawyers in North America, as well as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She received the Bernard Witkin Award for excellence in the teaching, practice, enactment and adjudication of the law and the Daniel T. Broderick III Award for civility, integrity, and professionalism. In 1990 USD School of Law honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2011 she was selected as the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award recipient for the School of Law. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America 1993-2017 and a Top Ten Southern California-San Diego Super Lawyer 2007-2017.