Nelson Roach is a partner at Roach Langston Bruno LLP in Daingerfield, Texas. Over the last 30 years, Nelson has represented thousands of clients in many groundbreaking cases.
In 1987, at age 28, he was made lead counsel of the Lone Star Steel Toxic Tort Litigation, an occupational disease case involving over 5000 steelworkers against 600 companies that supplied products to the steel mill where he recovered over $150 million for his clients.
While in his 30’s, he was also lead counsel representing over 300 rubber workers at the Red River Army Depot in Hooks, Texas who sued equipment suppliers and rubber companies for occupational cancers and lung diseases that resulted in recoveries totaling over $44 million.
More recently, Nelson represented the inventor of the process banks use to electronically clear checks against the largest and most powerful banks in the United States for patent infringement. In that litigation, he and two other lawyers in his firm obtained a judgment against U.S. Bank for $54 million, and Nelson and his firm ultimately recovered over $350 million for his client.
Nelson was lead counsel in a class action against Phelps Dodge Corporation for lead, arsenic and cadmium contamination of homes in Blackwell, Oklahoma that resulted in a settlement valued at over $150 million, and more importantly resulted in the clean-up of 100’s of homes in the town that had been contaminated with lead, arsenic, and cadmium.
Nelson has served on the national steering committees of several defective drug and medical device mass tort cases.
He has also represented many injured clients in cases involving explosions, confined space accidents, farm and industrial equipment accidents, defective automobiles, workplace injuries, car wrecks, and truck wrecks.
In 2009, Nelson served as President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and has been a member of the TTLA Executive Committee and TTLA Legislative Management Committee from 2010 to the present. Over the last ten years, as part of his TTLA legislative duties, Nelson has testified before the Texas Legislature over 100 times on behalf of injured Texans.
Nelson is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only trial organization founded to promote ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy. Membership in ABOTA requires substantial civil jury trial to verdict experience, as well as high personal character and honorable reputation.
Nelson has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating level based on superior ethics, as well as the desired level of professional experience. Nelson was named on the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.
He obtained both his undergraduate and law degree with honors from Baylor University, and after law school, served as a briefing clerk for the Honorable Robert Campbell of the Supreme Court of Texas.