Kevin T. Nelson

Kevin Nelson is a well-rounded attorney with a background in criminal law, traffic matters, municipal/government law, animal law, and civil litigation. Prior to joining Buzzard O’Rourke, P.S., Kevin served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Lewis County in both the criminal and civil divisions.  Although Kevin understands that litigation may not not always be the best answer, with experience in more than 30 criminal or civil trials, Kevin is well suited to represent his clients’ interests both in and out of the courtroom. In addition to trial work, Kevin has experience representing clients in administrative hearings and in the court of appeals. He believes in candid and open communication with his clients in order to pursue his client’s objectives and desired outcomes.

Kevin is a native of Lewis County. Following graduation from high school, Kevin attended Centralia Community College, where he received numerous academic awards including selection to the National Dean’s List for Academic Achievement, Admittance to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Academic Achievement, and inclusion on the Centralia College President’s List in recognition of superior scholarship. After graduating from Centralia Community College, Kevin attended St. Martin’s University, where he studied business and continued his academic excellence, graduating with honors. Following Kevin’s undergraduate degree, he attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate with honors.

Kevin is actively involved in the community.  He is a Board Member of the Centralia Christian School, and has served as a Washington State Precinct Committee Officer for Lewis County, Washington.

Having been raised in Lewis County and knowing all that the community has to offer, Kevin and his wife reside in Lewis County. They are currently expecting their first child, and are looking forward to raising their family locally.

Prior Work Experience

October 2012 — June 2016 Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

  • Criminal Practice in Lewis County District, Superior, and Juvenile Courts
  • Civil Practice in Lewis County District and Superior Courts and the Court of Appeals
  • Employment Practice (Public Employment Relations Commission)
  • Maintained full criminal case-load, including pretrial and trial matters
  • Multiple jury and bench trials
  • Advised Elected County Officials on criminal and civil matters

November 2008 — October 2012 (at various points) Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Legal Intern

  • Provisionally licensed in the practice of law in Washington State under Admission to Practice Rule 9 — Legal intern
  • Represented the State of Washington and Lewis County in Superior and District Court and in the Administrative Hearing system as a Rule 9 licensed intern
  • Performed legal research and wrote memoranda, motions, and various pleading documents related to both civil and criminal matters
  • Contacted and interviewed witnesses
  • Prepared contact letters and inter-office memoranda
  • Prepared pre-trial and trial documents and exhibits

Academic Awards

  • May 2012 — Graduated Lewis and Clark Law with honors Received
  • Spring 2008 — Graduated Saint Martin’s University with honors
  • Spring 2007 — Saint Martin’s University Dean’s List
  • Fall 2006 — Saint Martin’s University Dean’s List
  • May 2005 — received a Certificate of Scholastic Achievement from Centralia College
  • Winter Quarter 2005, Winter Quarter 2006 — Centralia College President’s List in recognition of superior scholarship
  • February 2005 — Current — Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for academic achievement
  • 2004-2008 — Included on the National Dean’s List for academic achievement

Community Involvement

Summer 2015 Present

  • Board Member—Centralia Christian School
    • Voting Board Member
    • Policy Committee Chair

2004-2008

  • Washington State Precinct Committee Officer
    • Served two, two-year elected terms in Lewis County, Washington

2004-2005

  • Centralia College Professor Tenure Committee Member
    • Served as student representative Student
  • Judicial System Committee Member
    • Served as student representative