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Kristen N. Nelson


Kristen N. Nelson
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Kristen N. Nelson


Phone: 414‐935-5501
Fax: 414-271-7680
Email: sserddA liamE wohS
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Kristen Nelson is a Partner with Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to joining the firm, Kristen was a solo practitioner in private practice, specializing in criminal defense, health care defense, medicare/medicaid fraud and white collar crime defense. She has represented clients before the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Wisconsin Department of Hearings and Appeals, Wisconsin State Courts, federal courts, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kristen graduated from DePaul University College of Law, earning a Health Law Certificate along with her law degree. In September 2012, she became licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.

Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Kristen worked for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations in its Health Related Prosecutions unit. Working for a state regulatory agency trained her to understand the complicated set of laws, rules and regulations that a healthcare professional may be accused of violating. It also gave her a unique perspective on the impact resulting from an administrative investigation, civil lawsuit and/or criminal investigation.

Kristen lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with her family where they are currently restoring a historic home in the downtown area. Kristen is also active in the Association for Women Lawyers and participates in their mentoring program.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • University of Illinois
    • B.S.

Honors and Awards

  • Named in 2024 Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law
  • Recommended by The Healthcare Lawyers, 2023
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2022
  • Lead Counsel Verified
  • Association for Women Lawyers January Member Spotlight
  • Notable Woman In Law, BizTimes Media
  • Women in the Law Honoree, 2019
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships


Pro Bono Activities

  • Friends of MPL Board


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