Nelson Freeman represents clients on a variety of topics before the North Carolina legislature and executive branch. Nelson joined the firm from the Office of North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R - Cleveland County). He was Speaker Moore's top advisor on tax policy, information technology policy, Alcohol Beverage Control, and economic development. During his time with Speaker Moore, Nelson was integral to the negotiations of the four major tax bills in 2017 including the enactment of a personal income tax cut to the lowest rate in the Southeast and corporate tax reduction to the lowest in the country for those states that have a corporate tax.
Prior to joining Speaker Moore's office, Nelson served as the North Carolina Department of Revenue's (DOR) Legislative Liaison. In this role, he successfully lobbied for major changes to tax reporting to reduce fraud and identity theft that is now saving the state of North Carolina over $60 million dollars a year. He was also the primary representative of the DOR before the General Assembly on negotiations related to the base expansion for sales tax that represented the largest shift in state sales tax collections.
Nelson worked for over eight years for Safari Club International (SCI), a membership advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. before joining the North Carolina Department of Revenue in 2015. His last position was Deputy Director of Government Affairs, and in this role he managed SCI's entire public affairs program including in-house lobbyists, multiple lobbying and public relations consultants, and acted as an industry-wide coordinator for international, national, and state based lobbying. He raised over $3.2 million for the organization's political action committee over four election cycles with more than an 80% win rate.
Nelson participates annually in the National Conference of State Legislators, American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting, State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Legislative Ag Chairs Summit, and other national and state political meetings.
Represented over 60 clients before the North Carolina General Assembly.
Secured nearly $300 million for commercial airports in North Carolina over the last 4 legislative sessions.
Secured over $2 million for nonprofit pro bono clients over the last 3 legislative sessions.
Represented multiple Fortune 500 clients.
Represented BB&T in a successful effort to update origination and late fees that have remained steady since 1991 and have kept BB&T at a disadvantage to other banks chartered outside North Carolina.
Wake Forest University, B.A., Political Science and Government (2006)
Boone & Crockett Club, Professional Member & Communications and Outreach Vice-Chair (2011-2015)
Shooting Sports Roundtable, Member (2007-2014)
American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Secretary & Steering Committee, Member (2008-2014)
TreadLightly!, Board of Directors, Member & Chair of Communications
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