Nelson Nease has been with Cross Oak Group since 2014. He retained Nelson H. Nease, P.C., his solo practice as an attorney, consultant and lobbyist founded in 2013. Since joining Cross Oak, he added many of the firm’s client matters to his own. Prior to establishing his solo practice, Nelson was in private practice for thirteen years in the Austin office of a boutique Washington, D.C., law firm, specializing in administrative proceedings, litigation, technical industry working groups, and legislative affairs on behalf of the firm’s energy-related clients.
Nelson has worked in and around the Texas Capitol since 1987, and began to focus on electric industry structure, policy and regulations. Nelson later joined the trade association representing investor-owned utilities as a lobbyist, and in-house counsel after graduating from law school. During that time, the electric utility industry became champions of retail electric competition, culminating in passage of major legislation restructuring the Texas electric industry in 1999.
In addition to advocacy and strategy on behalf of Cross Oak’s clients, Nelson serves as a natural gas market development consultant to a national trade association, works as an energy consultant and policy advisor to a private foundation, and also a clean energy consultant to a 501(c)(3).
Nelson holds a B.A. in Government, and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also did intensive Spanish coursework at La Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.