As Solicitor General, Nels Peterson oversees appellate litigation and collaborates on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General. Nels joined the Office as Counsel for Legal Policy in January 2011, and coordinated on major policy issues, including tri-state water disputes and the multistate challenge to federal healthcare reform, managed significant civil appellate litigation and was active in legislative matters.
Previously, Nels served as Executive Counsel to Governor Sonny Perdue, in which capacity he was the Governor's chief legal advisor as well as advisor on a broad array of policy issues, including water, natural resources, education, the judiciary and criminal justice. Before joining the Governor's Office, Nels practiced at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, where he represented Fortune 500 companies in a variety of litigation matters, including appeals, securities litigation and corporate governance-related litigation. Nels also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Nels has been named “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of 13 under-40 Atlanta lawyers “On The Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report and a “Most Influential Georgian” by James Magazine. Nels currently serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the Federalist Society.
Nels received his B.S. in political science from Kennesaw State University in 2001. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was a finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition, executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and executive vice president of the Harvard Federalist Society.