Susan Nelson
The Nelson Law Firm, PC

I began my career as an attorney handling insurance, personal injury and employment law cases, representing Plaintiffs and Defendants. I was introduced to immigration law when my husband and I adopted a child from Russia. We were two lawyers, and we needed help to navigate the complex immigration process. After our experience with the adoption, I started receiving calls from other attorneys and individuals who knew of my experience. I began practicing immigration law beyond pro bono cases in 2003, and it is now where I spend the majority of my time.

I like immigration law because it allows me to help people unite their families and live the American dream. I am often frustrated by the current state of the law when I see deserving people whose families are being torn apart without remedy or recourse.

Admitted to Practice:

State Bar of Texas, 1990
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1991, 2008


Baylor University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, May 1990
TYLA State Moot Court Competition, First Place Award, 1988
Order of Barristers, 1987-1990
National Member Order of Barristers, 1988
Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society, President, 1989-1990
Leon Jarworski Scholarship, 1989-1990
Baylor University, Master of Arts, Educational Psychology, 1985
Baylor University, Bachelor of Sciences, Education, 1980

Practice Areas:

Immigration Law
General Civil Law

Professional Memberships and Positions:

Baylor University School of Law, September 2012-present
Adjunct Professor, Immigration Clinic
Section Representative to the Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas, 2011-present;
Executive Committee Ex Officio Member, 2012-present
Board of Director Liaison to the Immigration & Nationality Section, 2011-present
Chair, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Council, 2006-2007 Council Member/Officer, 1997-2011
President, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, 2006-2007
Board of Directors/Officer, 1996-2008
Chair, Waco Regional Immigration Center, 2008
Board of Directors, 2007-2009;
American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2003-present

Selected Presentations/Continuing Legal Education:

Blog: Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog ( Panelist, Baylor University, Hispanic Civil Rights Forum, September 11, 2011.
Immigration Basics, McLennan County College Hispanic Student's Association, April 26, 2011
Immigration Facts, Waco League of Women Voters, March 15, 2011
Immigration Forum: Answers to Common Questions about Immigration Law, sponsored by Waco Regional Immigration Center, April 2007
Immigration Basics and the Need for Reform, presented to the League of Women Voters, Waco Chapter, October 2007
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Arrests, Waco-McLennan County Defense Lawyers Association, October 2008, February 2005; Bell County Bar Association, November 2006


Susan Nelson
Telephone: 254.754.9990
or 866-900-1012