Nelson E. Báez is a Spanish-speaking attorney who focuses his practice on helping victims injured in car, bicycle, motorcycle and trucking accidents as well as wrongful death and premises liability cases.
Nelson has been presenting cases to Palm Beach County juries since 2009. Before representing injured victims in negligence cases, Nelson was a prosecutor at the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office. As a prosecutor, Nelson obtained guilty verdicts against defendants charged with DUI Manslaughter, Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm, and Attempted First Degree Murder, amongst many other crimes.
In 2013, Nelson began using his litigation experience to represent personal injury victims. Nelson’s vast trial and litigation experience allow him to immediately and thoroughly investigate a case on behalf of his clients. By securing admissible evidence before its destroyed, Nelson is able to present his clients strongest case to ensure they receive the full compensation they deserve. As a personal injury lawyer Nelson has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Nelson is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is one of the most prestigious peer review ratings an attorney can receive. This rating considers an attorney’s ability and ethics, as well as the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. This honor is only bestowed on lawyers who exemplify extraordinary legal proficiency and adhere to a strict code of ethics. Since 2018, Nelson has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. This designation is limited to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida. Additionally, Nelson has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 under 40 since 2016. As a prosecutor, Nelson was recognized in 2012 with the Distinguished Service Award for Prosecution from the Traffic Safety Committee of Palm Beach and 2011 as County Court Prosecutor of the Year.
Nelson’s parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. His family is deeply rooted in the practice of law on the island, highlighted by his grandfather (and mentor) who was an attorney for over 50 years in Aguadilla, and his great-grandfather who was a judge in Mayaguez. As a native Spanish speaker, Nelson has always sought opportunities to use his language skills. In law school, he interned at the law office of Moreno & de la Torre Abogados in Grenada Spain. In Palm Beach County, he serves on the board of the Guatemalan Mayan Center and is a past President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. As a Spanish speaker, Nelson can assist his Hispanic clients to understand and navigate their personal injury cases in their own language.
Nelson lives in North Palm Beach with his wife, two sons, and their dog named Coral.
- Wrongful death
- Auto accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Premises liability
- Stetson College of Law 2009
- University of Central Florida 2006
- Florida 2009
- U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida 2020
Member: Professional Associations & Leadership Activities
- The Florida Bar
- Board member Palm Beach County Justice Association
- Board member of the Guatemalan Mayan Center
- Past President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association
- Florida Justice Association
- Palm Beach County Bar Association
- 2013 Co-Chair of the Criminal Bench Bar Conference
- 2012-2013 Co-Chair of the Criminal Practice Committee for the Palm Beach County Bar Association
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