Nelson M. Reid

Former chair of the firm’s litigation group, Nelson Reid practices general civil litigation with an emphasis on consumer finance litigation and construction litigation. His representation of clients includes trial and appellate practice, commercial and business disputes, contract and lease litigation, tort and negligence actions, temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction litigation, and real estate litigation.

As part of his consumer finance practice, Nelson has over two decades of experience advising lenders and servicers on how best to achieve their business objectives when claims are threatened or filed. Often, a client’s interests are best served by positioning a case for early resolution rather than fighting to the bitter end. Whether those claims are brought under federal law (such as the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, etc.) or under state law (such as the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, etc.), Nelson guides clients through the litigation and pre-litigation process as expeditiously as possible, so they can return their focus to their businesses as soon as possible.

As part of his construction litigation practice, Nelson regularly represents a variety of clients including school districts, municipalities, townships, counties and hospitals in handling bid disputes, construction defects and other claims that arise from construction projects.


  • School District Board of Education v. Village

    Trial victory obtained in favor of a school district, allowing the construction of a multi-million dollar sports, storage and bus facility project to proceed. This dispute arose after the village revised its zoning code (which took effect in February 2021), during the district’s planning process for the new facility. Bricker attorneys established that the facility would have been permitted under the previous zoning code, the district has immunity from the village’s zoning code under the Brownfield Doctrine, and also brought to light the minimal impact that the overall project would have on the surrounding area.

  • Protection of BWC funds

    Pursued injunctive relief against the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) on behalf of several national and state trade associations to prevent the OBM from using up to $2 billion in Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation funds for state purposes. Secured memorandum of understanding on behalf of the associations prohibiting the OBM from raiding the funds and preventing other state agencies from taking similar action in the future.

  • Unanimous ruling against controversial ballot issue

    Represented the Ohio Renal Association and defended against a controversial ballot issue related to the provision of dialysis services, receiving a favorable 7-0 ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court. The petitioners, who represented out-of-state interests, collected signatures to place an industry-altering price control measure in the form of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the November 2018 ballot. However, using state-of-the-art technology built by the firm, as well as the experience of numerous attorneys, Bricker's legal team proved that the petitioners violated Ohio law, disqualifying the issue from voter consideration. From reviewing ballots, analyzing petition signatures and serving as county counsel with local boards of elections to researching and analyzing the applicable laws and representing the client before the Court, more than 80 Bricker team members played a role in this substantial victory. 

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, University of Findlay, Parents Executive Council
  • Committee Chair, BSA Troop 268, Worthington, Ohio
  • Past Member, Franklin County Republication Central Committee
  • Graduate, Leadership Columbus

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, Ohio Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Columbus Chapter

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2020-2023
  • Ohio Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009, 2011


  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • Dartmouth College (B.A., 1994)