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. 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 solve problems. 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

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

State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

  • District 8 Director, 2013-Present
  • Section Representative 2011-2013
  • Executive Committee, 2012-2013, 2015-present

State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section

  • Chair, 2006-2007
  • Council Member/Officer, 1997-2011
Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • President, 2006-2007
  • Board of Directors/Officer, 1996-2008
Waco Regional Immigration Center
  • Chair, 2008
  • Board of Directors, 2007-2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2003-present


Selected Presentations/Continuing Legal Education:

CLE/Public Presentations (2015)

  • Immigration Law for Civil and Criminal Practice, Williamson County Bar Association, Bell County Women's Bar Association, Highland Lakes Bar Association
  • Immigration Law, Northwest Waco Rotary Club


  • Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog (

Susan Nelson


The Nelson Law Firm
Telephone: 254.754.9990
or 866-900-1012