Susan Nelson

I began my career as an attorney handling insurance, personal injury, and employment law cases, representing Plaintiffs and Defendants.

 I was introduced to immigration law when my husband and I adopted a child from Russia. We were two lawyers, and we needed help to navigate the complex immigration process.

After our experience with the adoption, I started receiving calls from other attorneys and individuals who knew of my experience. I began practicing immigration law beyond pro bono cases in 2003, and it is now where I spend the majority of my time.

I like immigration law because it allows me to help people unite their families and live the American dream. I am often frustrated by the current state of the law when I see deserving people whose families are being torn apart without remedy or recourse.

Susan I. Nelson represents individuals and businesses in immigration matters. 

She handles family immigration cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State. 

Susan also represents individuals in removal or deportation proceedings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in the Immigration Courts in San Antonio, and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Nelson Family at Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas, 1990

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1991, 2008

Practice Areas

Immigration Law

General Civil Law

Professional Memberships & Position

  • American immigration lawyers association, 2003-present
  • Baylor university school of law, 2012-2017
  • director, district 8, board of directors, state bar of texas, 2013-2016
  • section representative to the board of directors, state bar of texas, 2011-2013
  • chair, state bar of texas litigation section council 2006-2007
  • president, waco-mclennan county bar association, 2006-2007
  • chair, waco regional immigration center, 2008


  •  Baylor University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, May1990
  • TYLA State moot court competition, 1st place, 1988
  • order of barristers, 1987-1990
  • national member of barristers, 1988
  • harvey m. richey moot court society, president, 1989-1990
  • baylor university, master of arts, educational psychology. 1985
  • baylor university, bachelor of sciences, education,1980