• Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude
  • Associate Editor Gonzaga Law Review and Commencement Speaker
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Whitman College


  • Washington State Bar Association - Member
  • Spokane County Bar Association - Chair

Awards & Recognition

  • Honored as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property on the 2018 Washington Super Lawyers list

John Nelson is a patent attorney at Lee & Hayes in the firm's Spokane, Washington office. Mr. Nelson focuses his practice on improvements in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, and business methods. Mr. Nelson also advises clients with inventions in the mechanical, chemical, and plant-based fields.

Mr. Nelson presents on intellectual property procurement and asset protection. Mr. Nelson also spearheads various continuing legal education seminars on IP topics, including the annual Gonzaga Intellectual Property Merit Scholarship CLE, which funds scholarships for Gonzaga IP students. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association IP Section and the Chair of the Spokane Country Bar Association IP Section.