Virginia C. Nelson has specialized in personal injury and medical malpractice matters for thirty years. She has represented hundreds of seriously injured clients in State and Federal courts, and has had extensive experience litigating Kaiser matters in the arbitration arena. She understands handling catastrophic damage claims demands an enormous amount of diligence, focus and teamwork, and as a result her firm has an impressive record of verdicts, settlements and arbitrations awards.
Her skill and dedication have earned Nelson numerous honors. She was chosen Distinguished Alumni of the University of San Diego School of Law and America's Finest City Legal Professional of the Year in 1991. In 1997 she was presented with the Bernard E. Witkin Award for excellence in the teaching, enactment, adjudication and practice of law. In 1998, she received the Daniel T. Broderick, III Award for exemplifying the highest standards of civility, integrity and professionalism. She has been identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the last 17 years and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has repeatedly named her one of the top 50 Women Litigators in California. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 she was chosen by her peers as one of the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers-San Diego. Ms. Nelson was selected by her Best Lawyer peers as San Diego Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year for 2010, and Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs for 2012, earning the highest rating for ability, professionalism and integrity. Her law firm was named by US News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers Best Law Firms for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence for 2010, 2011-2012. In 2011 Ms. Nelson also received the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego School of Law, as well as being identified as one of the Top Ten Personal Injury Trial Attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript.
Virginia C. Nelson is a member of the most prestigious trial attorney organizations in the country, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been the chosen leader for several organizations in the legal community. She has served as President of the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Inn of Court, and the Enright American Inn of Court, as well as a member of the Board of the Bar Foundation, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Alumni Board and the Board of Visitors for University of San Diego School of Law, and the San Diego Law Library Board of Trustees. Nationally she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was Vice-Chair of the Southern California Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers.
She has given multiple trial practice lectures for courses at the University of San Diego School of Law and Cal Western School of Law. Additionally, she lectures to the State Bar, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, ABOTA, the Inns of Court, CASD, CAOC, San Diego Defense Lawyers, Lawyers Club, UCSD Medical Center, UCSD School of Medicine and Scripps Clinic. She has appeared in numerous television segments on Channel 10 related to her fields of expertise and provided written commentary to US News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Diego Union Tribune.
To demonstrate her commitment to the community, she has donated time to KPBS as a Community Producer, served as a member of the Board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Lung Association, counseled for the Domestic Violence Prevention Program and served on the Advisory Board for the SAFE Coalition. Currently she reads to a second grade class at Porter Elementary.
Ms. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 1975, and her law degree from University of San Diego School of Law in 1979, where she served on the Law Review and graduated with honors.
Noel A. Fischer has been a member of the Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson since May of 2003. Mr. Fischer is licensed to practice in all the courts of both California and Nevada.
Mr. Fischer graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. While in law school, he led the school's National Mock Trial team to victory in national competitions as well as receiving the school's highest grade in Advanced Trial Advocacy.
He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the New Lawyers Division of the San Diego County Bar. He has been selected as a National Member of The Order of Barristers for his achievements in the art of courtroom advocacy.His professional interests include the interplay between state and federal law regarding lien reimbursement rights and statutory rules governing health care professionals. Mr. Fischer uses his natural interest in video and graphic production to maximize the quality and persuasiveness of the demonstrative evidence in every case.
Mr. Fischer volunteers his time both to the Civil Practicum program at USD Law School, which gives law students practical experience, and as a judge for local mock trial and moot court competitions.
Before attending law school, Mr. Fischer attended the University of Nevada at Reno on a full scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with Honors while obtaining a dual-degree Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. During his undergraduate education, Mr. Fischer worked at the Nevada Legislature. He drafted and organized support for Assembly Bill 500 which was signed into law in June 2001. This bill created a statewide study of racial profiling by Nevada peace officers in 2002. In addition to his work in the Nevada Legislature, he has also clerked for the Nevada Office of the Attorney General's Civil Litigation Division.