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Jones Waldo’s Lori Nelson Appointed Chair of American Bar Association Family Law Section


Lori W. Nelson, a veteran litigator with Salt Lake City-based Jones Waldo, was sworn in this month as the incoming chair of the American Bar Association Family Law Section. In this role, Nelson will oversee the association’s governing body  and more than 10,000 lawyers, associates and student members throughout the world.

Nelson, a Driggs, Idaho native, has practiced domestic law with Jones Waldo for the last eight years. While with the firm, Nelson has held leadership positions on the Jones Waldo board of directors, and is the group leader of the firm’s Domestic and Family Law practice group.

“It is humbling to be selected by my respected peers of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, who work with passion and integrity everyday,” Nelson said. “I truly believe in the nobility of the profession and the cause for which we serve. I look forward to representing the Family Law Section in the most honorable and innovative way.”

Nelson has been a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section for 18 years and began her service on the counsel as the region 5 representative, encompassing Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nelson served in leadership positions on several committees, including CLE, and co-chaired CLE prior to being elected as secretary. Members of the Family Law Section are professionals who passionately serve famly law in areas of adoption, divorce, custody, military law, alternative families and elder law. 

“Lori has proven herself to be a trusted leader among the attorneys and associates at Jones Waldo, and in the Utah legal community. We are confident she will do the same in her American Bar Association leadership position,” said Keven Rowe, firm president. “Her appointment is a tremendous accomplishment and honor to our firm, and we could not be more proud to have her represent our firm in this national role.”

Nelson’s involvement with professional organizations and advocacy groups demonstrates her strong passion for domestic law. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of Utah, and has served on the Needs of Children Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. As a member of the Utah State Bar, she served as president for the 2012-2013 year.  Nelson received her juris doctor from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.