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Frederick Dickson Nelson, American judge. Bar: Ohio 1984. Harry S. Truman Foundation scholar, 1978-1981.


Nelson, Frederick Dickson was born on October 19, 1958 in Cleveland. Son of David Aldrich and Mary Ellen (Dickson) Nelson.


AB, Hamilton College, 1980. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1983.


Majority counsel subcommittee on criminal law United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, 1983-1985. Special assistant to assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Policy United States Department Justice, 1985-1986, deputy assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Policy, 1986-1987. Associate Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Cincinnati, 1988-1989, of counsel, 1991-1993.

Associate counsel to President of the United States The White House, Washington, 1989-1990. Advisor to governments of Ukraine and Russia, American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative, 1992-1993. Adjunct professor constitutional law Salmon P. Chase College Law, University Northern Kentucky, 1994.

Chief of staff, legal council United States Republican Steve Chabot, 1995-1997. Consultant Constnl. Commission Albania, per International Republican Institute, 1998. President Civic Solutions, LLC, Cincinnati, 1998-2002.

Co-creator, panelist Hotseat, Station WCPO-television, (Cincinnati Channel 9), 2000-2002. Judge Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, since 2003.


  • Bar: Ohio 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Executive editor Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1982-1983.


Member Hamilton County Republican Policy and Appts. Committees, 1999-2002. Consultant Chabot for Congress Campaign, Cincinnati, 1994, 98.

Member Ohio Board Uniform State Laws, National Conference Commissioners on Unifort State Laws, 2001-2007. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Ohio Valley chapter), Federalist Society, Harvard Club. of Cincinnati (board directors 1989, 2001-2005), Phi Beta Kappa.


David Aldrich Nelson

Mary Ellen (Dickson) Nelson