Dan Nelson has tried and mediated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, and has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and has been counsel of record in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
He handles cases for some of the world's best photographers. By representing artists and creative professionals whose intellectual property has been misappropriated, he has successfully defended some of the most famous and recognizable photographs in the world.
He handles cases against major companies, publishers and advertising agencies for their misappropriation of his clients' intellectual property, and for their creation of unauthorized derivative works.
He recently filed a class action lawsuit against Getty Images on behalf of more than 80 named plaintiffs whose work was incorporated without their permission in a product called Premium Access.
He is also involved in holding textbook publishers accountable for vastly exceeding licenses to publish photographs in textbooks. He is actively pursuing claims against Pearson and Houghton Mifflin for this practice.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Regis College, where he won three U.S. national championships in academic debate. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colorado, where he won the prestigious Carrigan Cup Mock Trial Competition, the Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, and the Austin W. Scott Jr. Award for Excellence in Oral Argument.