Matt Nelson


Matt is an associate attorney at Goetz & Eckland whose practice focuses on insurance defense. Prior to joining Goetz & Eckland, Matt worked on a wide range of civil and criminal matters as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jana M. Austad in Minnesota District Court, Ninth Judicial District. He earned his J.D. cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, and his B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During law school, Matt worked as a law clerk at a Twin Cities construction law firm. Prior to law school, Matt spent a number of years working as a residential concrete contractor and form carpenter.

In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, outdoor activities, working in his garage in St. Paul, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Legal Assistant: Megan Vera

Practice Areas:

  • Member, MSBA Construction Law

Professional and Civic Activities

  • 5 CALI Awards for highest grades earned in: Civil Procedure II, Constitutional Law II, Construction Law, Legal Research & Writing II, and Legal Drafting—Wills
  • Graduate, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2003
  • Cum Laude Honors Graduate, Hamline University School of Law, 2013
  • Graduation honors: Ronald C. Elmquist Award for highest academic standing in wills, trusts, and estate planning courses