Peter V. Nelson


1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600
United States of America

Peter Nelson is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the public policy and law practice group. Drawing upon his experience as a start-up and venture capital lawyer, Peter advises clients at the leading edge of innovation about the impact of public policy on emerging technologies and business models. His experience covers a variety of policy areas, including federal taxation, communications, energy, and sustainability, among others.

Peter has a particular depth of experience in the transportation and infrastructure space, where he has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration on a variety of legal, regulatory, and enforcement matters. As part of this work, he has counseled national trade associations and leading technology companies about the evolving policy environments for autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He has also assisted clients on a variety of issues related to public-private partnerships and other innovative tools to facilitate private investment in infrastructure.

Peter’s experience has included work at every stage of the public policy lifecycle, from legislative analysis and drafting, to participation in the regulatory process, to interpretation and enforcement matters. At each of these stages, he has helped clients develop integrated advocacy strategies to support their objectives, incorporating Congressional and administrative outreach, as well as communications and new media tactics.


  • B.A., Georgetown University (2009)
    (cum laude)
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2012)


Bar of District of Columbia, Bar of Virginia
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