Keith B. Nelson is an attorney and former prosecutor with extensive government experience at both the state and Federal level. Prior to joining Lobbyit.com, Mr. Nelson ran the Offices of Legislative Affairs for two Federal Cabinet-level agencies – The U.S Department of Justice, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In both these positions, he managed agency-wide issue portfolios, advised the Attorney General and Director of National Drug Control Policy on a daily basis, and was the primary liaison and chief negotiator between the agencies and Congress. At DOJ, he was named to the Federal Senior Executive Service.
Subsequent to DOJ, Mr. Nelson served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense preparing cases against suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Mr. Nelson began his career in government as legislative staff to Pete V. Domenici, where he was responsible for health care and entitlement policy. During his tenure with Senator Domenici, he wrote and negotiated the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act (42 USCS §300gg-5), the seminal Federal law requiring private health insurers to cover mental illness more on par with physical illnesses. For these efforts, he was named “Congressional Staff Member of the Year” by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Mr. Nelson then joined the consulting firm The EOP Group, where he counseled a variety of Fortune 500 companies on various aspects of Executive Branch regulatory drafting, promulgation and enforcement, focusing primarily on energy, environmental, and health care policy.
Mr. Nelson graduated cum laude from The American University Washington College of Law, where he was a member of and published in the Law Review. During law school, he clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Maryland, the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Subsequent to law school, Mr. Nelson spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, PA in the Trial and Appellate Divisions, where he successfully argued in front of appellate panels of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and conducted numerous jury and bench trials. Mr. Nelson is a Member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, and is admitted to practice in The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Nelson resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and twin boys.