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J. Patrick Nelson

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DuPage County, Illinois, attorney J. Patrick Nelson was born in Galesburg, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Bradley University in 1996 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1999. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1999.

After graduation, Mr. Nelson pursued various avenues of the legal system before becoming a solo practitioner in March of 2010. Having his own practice has allowed Mr. Nelson to focus his expertise on family, criminal and juvenile law. Mr. Nelson has been a solid litigator for over a decade. His broad rage of courtroom experience, as evidenced in his work history, makes him confident and at ease even under the most contentious of circumstances.

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and DuPage County Bar Association. He resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife, Allison, and their two children. In his spare time, Mr. Nelson enjoys running, fishing, and spending time outdoors.


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL 1999
  • B.S., Criminal Justice and Sociology, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Practice Areas

Divorce & Family Law

If you are contemplating a divorce, or your spouse has filed for divorce, please contact my office. I will counsel you on the divorce process and help you understand what to expect what you should be aware of. I base my practice on professionalism, experience and compassion. I take pride in helping clients through a difficult time. I represent clients in the following areas:
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Maintenance/alimony
  • Allocation of assets/debt
  • Qualified domestic relations order
  • Modification of support/maintenance
  • Orders of protection – domestic violence
  • Paternity
  • DCFS – Abuse/neglect

Criminal Law

As a litigator with over a decade of experience, my expertise covers the following types of criminal charges:
  • DUI
  • Traffic violations
  • Domestic violence
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • License reinstatement – Illinois Secretary of State
  • Expunging your record

Past Employment Positions

  • McDonough, Casey, Nelson, Holman & Sullivan, LLP, Partner, 2014 – 2015
  • Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson PC, Solo Practitioner, 2010 – 2014
  • Beck, Houlihan & Scott, P.C., Wheaton, IL, Associate Attorney, 2006 – 2010
  • DuPage County Public Defender’s Office, Wheaton, IL, Senior Assistant Public Defender, 2000 – 2006
  • Knox County Public Defender’s Office, Galesburg, IL, Assistant Public Defender, 1999 – 2000
  • Yaeger, Youngbaer, Barzack, and Roe, Chicago, IL, Law Clerk, 1998
  • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL, Extern, 1998 – 1999
  • Knox County State’s Attorney’s Office, Galesburg, IL, 711 Law Clerk, 1998