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S. Christian Nelson

Chris Nelson helps clients solve issues in business transactions they may not yet know exist. He is a problem solver who understands the intricacies of a balance sheet and can look at the big picture of a deal. Chris combines his experience working with large and small entities, his accounting knowledge, and his training as an attorney to efficiently and effectively help clients solve problems.

Practice Areas

Chris’s practice emphasizes corporate and general business law, intellectual property, and business acquisitions and transactions. Chris specializes in corporate acquisitions for closely held companies. Much of his time is dedicated to working with large, complex, multi-national firms. He also enjoys helping the start-up business.

Chris brings a multidisciplinary approach to his corporate transactional practice. He has earned recognition for his corporate practice from Chambers & Partners and from Best Lawyers in America and has passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.


Chris and his wife, Liz, are both metro Des Moines natives. After college, they chose to return to central Iowa because of the strong sense of community this region affords. Chris and Liz have two children. The Nelsons are active in their church.

Honors and Accomplishments

Recognized by Chambers and Partners for his Corporate practice/Mergers & Acquisitions

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for his Corporate Law and his Mergers & Acquisitions practices

Recognized by BTI Consulting as a Client Service All-Star Attorney for his Mergers & Acquisitions practice

Recognized by Super Lawyers for his Business & Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property practices

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

Community & Professional Activities

Iowa Winefest Board Member (2016 to present)

Polk County Bar Association (Member)

Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section Committee, 2005 to present)

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (2007-2008)

Latino Outreach Clinic (Volunteer Lawyer, 2004 to 2008)

Windsor Heights Foundation (Treasurer, 2002-05)

Publications and Presentations

Contributing Author, Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Manual (2005 and 2009)

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