University of Michigan, B.A. 1991
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1993
Attorney Nelson L. Peralta was born in Rochester, Michigan. He has Latin roots; his mother is from Mexico City, Mexico and his father is from Asunción, Paraguay. Nelson graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1987 and then attended the University of Michigan. He graduated from Michigan with a degree in mathematics in 1991 and then attended the University of Michigan Law School. Nelson graduated from Michigan Law School in 1993.
Nelson began his legal career working on behalf of the legal rights of migrant farmworkers in western Michigan. Later, he worked in Miami, Florida, for the law firm Shutts & Bowen. He later decided to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998, and he has worked as an attorney in Minnesota from 1998 to the present.
For the next 8 years, Nelson worked for 3 small law firms, gaining valuable experience in cases involving personal injury, immigration and civil litigation. Finally, in 2006, Nelson and his wife, attorney Lisa Lodin Peralta, decided to open up their own law firm, Peralta & Peralta, Ltd. The law firm offers legal assistance to the Latino community and the general public, and also provides bilingual representation as Nelson is a Spanish-speaking attorney. When Lisa pursued another opportunity in 2015, Nelson decided to continue representing the community with his own solo practice, now named Peralta Law Firm.
During his legal career, Nelson has appeared before the Bloomington Immigration Court regularly defending individuals in deportation proceedings. He also has represented many clients with their applications for citizenship, permanent residency, TPS, deferred action for childhood arrivals (“DACA”), etc. Nelson is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”).
Additionally, Nelson has represented many clients throughout the district courts in Minnesota, especially in personal injury cases such as auto accidents, slip-and-falls and wrongful death. During his career Nelson has tried numerous cases before a jury. From 2008-2010, Nelson had the great honor of representing 10 children/students and adults who survived but were injured in the I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis. Along with other volunteer attorneys, Nelson fought for the rights of those who survived the tragic collapse. Numerous of the children/students whom Nelson represented were Latino and their parents spoke solely Spanish.
Besides his legal work, Nelson has been an active volunteer in the legal profession and the community. For many years Nelson has been a member of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (“MHBA”) and in 2005-06, Nelson served as its president. Since 2006, Nelson has served on the Spanish Legal Services subcommittee and volunteered for Volunteer Lawyers Network. And from 2009-2015, Nelson was a board member of Minnesota CLE. Previously, Nelson served on the board of directors of Centro Legal, Inc. in St. Paul. Nelson has also been an active parent volunteer at Windom Dual Immersion School, serving as PTO Co-Chair from 2011-12. Nelson also is a board member of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative (“CCLI”), an organization which will help new attorneys so that they may serve communities in need of legal services.
Collaborative Community Law Initiative, board of directors
Basilica of St. Mary, parishioner, nursery supervisor
Steering Committee Member, Volunteer Lawyers Network Spanish Legal Services