Brian M. Nelson is the managing partner of Archer’s Red Bank office and chair of the firm’s State and Local Law & Government Affairs Practice Group. Nelson principally represents public, private and non-profit corporations in relation to redevelopment, economic development, and governmental and regulatory affairs matters in the State of New Jersey. He also represents federal, state and local candidates and political committees in relation to election and campaign finance-related matters.
Prior to joining Archer in 2012, Brian managed his own law firm, Nelson Supko & Hanlon LLC. Over the past decade Brian has served as Township Attorney to the Township of Middletown, the largest municipality in Monmouth County, Director of Law to the Borough of Tinton Falls, Special Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Hackensack, Special Redevelopment Counsel to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA), and Special County Counsel to the County of Monmouth. He has represented dozens of private redevelopers on projects throughout the State of New Jersey, as well as three presidential candidate’s campaigns in New Jersey.
Nelson currently serves as a Trustee on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board, a Trustee on the 180 Turning Lives Around Board, and as a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers University School of Business. Nelson previously served as a member of the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), as a member of both Governor Chris Christie’s and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s transition teams, and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee during the 2004 presidential election cycle.
The New Jersey Law Journal recognized Nelson as one of 50 “New Leaders of the Bar” under age 40 for his already distinguished career in law and public service as counsel to major public and private sector clients, as well as his extensive involvement in public policy matters statewide. Nelson has also been named to NJBiz’s 40-Under-40 list of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businesspeople, and been recognized by the Gannett newspaper group as one of New Jersey’s “Rising Stars” in government and politics likely to emerge as the next generation of leaders in New Jersey.
Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Bill Mathesius, J.S.C. after having received his law degree from the Rutgers School of Law in 2002. After initially dropping out of college and enrolling in a community college, Brian graduated a year early, magna cum laude, with a degree in Political Science from Stockton University in 1999. While in law school, Brian was the recipient of the Raimondo Legislative Fellowship from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Also, as editor of his undergraduate newspaper, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Brian the Albert Finkelstein Memorial Fellowship. Brian is a sustaining member of the Republican National Lawyers Association, a member of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, and the Monmouth County Bar Association.
Brian lives with his wife and three children in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Member, Republican National Lawyers Association
- Member, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
- Member, Monmouth County Bar Association’s Judicial Selection Committee
Awards And Recognition
- Named a “Top Attorney” by SJ Magazine (Government Law, 2014, 2019)
- Details Emerge On Proposed Non-Residential Development Fee Act Suspension, February 4, 2009.
- Governor Corzine Unveils Significant New Campaign Finance and Contracting Rules and Proposals, September 25, 2008.
- Legislature Wraps-Up Consideration of Special Property Tax Session Proposals, Legislative Briefing, February 2007.
- “The Supreme Court Revisits Political Gerrymandering: Democratic Challenge To Pennsylvania Map Raises Unresolved Issues,” politicsnj.com (2003)
- “A Note From New Jersey: Unpacking Through Aggregation Under The Voting Rights Act,” Engage: Journal of the Federalist Society’s Practice Groups Vol. 3 (April 1, 2002)