President & Attorney
Heather L. Nelson

Phone: (920) 435-3734   |   Fax: (920) 435-0126

hnelson@eversonlaw.com

Paralegal Assistant: Julie OBranovich

Email: jobranovich@eversonlaw.com

Heather Nelson is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully tried cases before juries in state and federal courts throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. A native of Green Bay, she moved with her family to Illinois as a teenager and launched her legal career in the Chicago area.  After representing defendants in civil litigation matters with two Chicago-based private insurance defense firms, she joined Chicago’s staff counsel operation for The Hanover Insurance Group.  She became licensed to practice law in Wisconsin in 2000 and thus expanded Hanover’s in-house reach into and throughout the entire state of Wisconsin.  Heather ultimately was promoted to Lead Trial Attorney at Hanover, representing Hanover and its insureds and advising Hanover’s claims personnel from pre-litigation stages through trial and appeal. 

 

Heather’s practice focuses on all aspects of personal injury defense, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability claims (including Safe Place Act), wrongful death, products liability and insurance coverage.  Heather has represented employers in Equal Opportunity Commission investigations and in the defense of employment discrimination lawsuits.

Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Defense Counsel and also chairs WDC’s Women in the Law section. She has served as a scoring judge and presiding judge for Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournaments and particularly enjoys the opportunity it affords her to encourage and mentor aspiring litigators.

Joining The Everson Law Firm in 2016 returned her to her Green Bay roots and significantly reduced her post-Packer game commute time.

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Awards

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Areas of
Practice

  • Insurance Defense of Personal Injury Claims

  • Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation Defense

  • Premises Liability Defense

  • Products Liability Defense

  • Insurance Coverage Defense

  • Employment Discrimination/EEOC investigations

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

  • State Bar of Illinois

  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

    • Journal of Health and Hospital Law, Casenote Editor

  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – English
    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

    • University Honors Program

    • Minor: Business Administration

Memberships, Publications and Recognition

  • WDC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Member

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel Executive Committee Program Chair 2021 – 2022

  • Distinguished Professional Service Award 2021 (WDC)

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section Board Member, 2021- present

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer 

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

  • Brown County Bar Association

  • Co-author of "But It’s Such a Small Minor Settlement: Do I Really Need Court Approval?," WDC Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal Winter 2020 (Page 41)

  • 2018 Women in the Law Award, Wisconsin Law Journal

  • The Hon. Robert J. Parins Legal Society of Northeast Wisconsin

  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2019 – present

  • Chair, Women in the Law Committee, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2018 – 2021

  • Vice Chair, Women in the Law Committee, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, 2016-2018

  • Village of Suamico Historic Preservation Commission Member, 2017, co-chair 2018 – 2020, and chair 2020-present

  • Howard-Suamico Historical Society Member, 2019-present

Community Service

  • Village of Suamico Historic Preservation Commission Member, 2017, co-chair 2018 – 2020, and chair 2020-present

  • Howard-Suamico Historical Society Member, 2019-present

Presentations

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel Summer Conference presentation on “Direct Examination of Witnesses at Trial.” August 2021

  • Moderated Panel Discussion: “In the Era of #metoo and “Time’s Up” – It’s Time for a Candid Discussion of Issues Facing Women in the Legal Profession” at Wisconsin Defense Counsel Spring Conference, Kohler, Wisconsin, April 2018, and also at the Wisconsin Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference, Madison, WI, March 2019

  • Presented  CLE “Tips and Strategies for Effective Voir Dire,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference, Green Bay, WI June 2019

  • Presented at "We say IME, they say DME, Don’t Let Them Throw You Off, strategies and practice tips regarding Independent Medical Examinations in the defense of personal injury claims" at the Wisconsin Defense Counsel’s Summer Conference, Virtual 2020

I was very pleased with the support I received from the law firm of Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm, S.C.

Heather Nelson was very well prepared to handle my case and did an excellent job interacting with a very challenging prosecuting attorney.  She also did an excellent job in both representing me and counseling me in a very stressful and challenging deposition.

Heather’s hard work, excellent preparation, and attention to detail led to a resolution in my favor.  I would highly recommend Heather and her law firm to anyone needing legal representation.

( J.R.M. )