Steve Nelson

Steve opened his law practice in International Falls in 1974. Since that time he has tried numerous criminal and civil jury trials, appeared regularly before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and several times before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Teri Bright


I was born and raised in International Falls Minnesota where I returned to establish a private practice of law in 1974. I have practiced continuously since that date in areas of Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense. My practice has been regional, frequently appearing before State and Federal Courts throughout the State. I have also appeared in Federal Courts in North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.



Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, BA – Major: Communication and Debate

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 1972; Minnesota Law Review (vol. 55 and 56); Admissions Committee 1970-71.



Admitted to practice law, State of Minnesota, 1972. Admitted to practice before Federal District Court 1973, U.S. Court of Claims 1987, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals 1988. Member, National Counsel of United States Magistrates 1977 – 1979.


Legal Employment

Clerked under the guidance of Doug Thomson, of Thomson, Wilde, & Nordby; known criminal Defense attorney practicing in St. Paul, MN

1972 – 1974         Barnett, Ratelle and Hennessey (now Moss and Barnett), Minneapolis, MN; practiced in areas of Personal Injury and Family Law

1974 – 1981         Sole Proprietor, General Practice. Primarily Personal Injury and Contract Litigation

1981 – 1988         Senior S/H in a firm practicing under the name and style of Nelson, Larsen and Bowman, Ltd., General Trial

1989 –                   Specialized practice as Sole Proprietor, practicing limited to Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense and Family Law


Past Certification and Continuing Legal Education

Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy from 1983 to 1993 (certification not renewed because thrust of practice had shifted from primarily Civil Litigation to criminal defense).

Certified Civil Mediation course in 2002 with current training in Ramsey Law Mediation in 2012


Elected Offices, Professional

Past President of the 15th District Bar Association, MSBA: 1984-1985 and 2001-2002

Past President, Koochiching County Bar Association (14 years)

Served as a Delegate at representing the 15th District at the Minnesota State Bar Convention for 15 years


Government Appointments, Military Service

Appointed to service as U.S. Federal Magistrate (P.T.) 19974 – 1979.

Served in the U.S. Army (USAR) 1968 – 1974, Honorable Discharge


Related Interests and Licensure

I have worked primarily as a private counsel in areas of Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense. I have tried both civil and criminal jury trials in Federal District Court as well as appeals to the 8th Circuit.


Interests and Related Activities

I have volunteered time to work with the High School as a mock trial team coach and a mock trial Judge. I have also volunteered for Judicare Bro-Bono representation of indigents.

Personal interests include airplanes, flying, classic cars and boats. I currently hold a Commercial Pilot’s License and have maintained a U.S. Coast Guard Limited Masters License for Inland Lakes.