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Matthew H. Nelson


Location: Morgantown, WV

Phone: 866-587-0167

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Matt Nelson has spent most of his life in Morgantown, West Virginia. After graduating from West Virginia University, Matt attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he received the Dean's Award for Excellence and was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Advisory Committee. Since then, Matt has developed a state and region wide litigation practice with two of West Virginia's largest law firms, and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. Matt joined Farmer, Cline & Campbell in 2012, focusing his practice on labor and employment law, as well as general litigation, personal injury litigation and construction law.

Over the years, Matt has represented both corporations and individuals in complex employment issues and personal injury claims. He has advised clients on the intricacies of both federal and state employment and commercial laws. Matt has also handled several administrative cases before various federal and state agencies and is one of only a few attorneys to have argued before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission within the past few years.

Matt is heavily involved in the local community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Senior Monongalians, Inc.

Areas Of Practice

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Products Liability
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Dean's Award for Excellence
    • Honors: Appellate Advocacy Advisory Council
    • Honors: Student Bar Association Member and Parliamentarian (2004-2005)
  • West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: Mountain Honorary (West Virginia University's Ranking Honorary)
    • Honors: Student Government Attorney General (2001-2002)
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Dinsmore & Shohl's Morgantown Office Hosts Leadership West Virginia Reception, May 2, 2008
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Hires Associate Matthew H. Nelson, November 12, 2007
  • Attention County Boards of Education: Is "Proof" Required for Utilizing Charter Buses?, July 14, 2010
  • Internships and Federal Law: Are Interns Employees?, 36 Employee Relations Law Journal 42, Autumn, 2010
  • Workplace Violence: Protecting Employees Without Violating the Law, 108 BNA l-1, June 8, 2010
  • Does the NLRB Still Have Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Disputes?, November, 2009
  • What's in it for Them; Navigating Employee Benefit Laws (Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star in Labor and Employment Law, 2010 - Present
  • Super Lawyers - West Virginia 2017 - Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • Super Lawyers- West Virginia 2021- Personal Injury General: Plaintiff

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member, Executive Committee
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • North Central West Virginia Society for Human Resources Management
  • National Society for Human Resources Management ("SHRM")
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Monongalia County Bar Association
  • Senior Monongalians, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Monongalia County Habitat for Humanity, Member, Personnel Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Steptoe & Johnson, Attorney, 2005