William A. Nelson

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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William Nelson is currently the Public Policy Counsel for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., in Washington, D.C., and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School for seven years. He currently sits on the National Advisory Council for Law School Transparency, a non-profit dedicated to make entry to the legal profession more transparent, affordable, and fair, and is a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers and the Legal Writing Institute.

Mr. Nelson joined CFP Board in 2013, after spending four years drafting orders and decisions for an Administrative Law Judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. While at the VA, he also drafted legal opinion requests for VA’s Office of General Counsel requesting guidance on unresolved legal questions for cases before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Nelson spent a year as a law clerk in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Nelson’s catalogue of scholarly works detail his interest and expertise in the areas of administrative law, business law, securities regulation, corporate governance and campaign finance.  He has been published in several scholarly law journals across the country, including the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law and Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law and his work has been cited in legal treatises, court decisions, and in several scholarly journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Journal on Legislation and Cornell Law Review.

Mr. Nelson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa, his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the George Washington University Law School. 


BS, JD, University of Tulsa; LLM, George Washington University