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Serving the industry’s many needs, including contract drafting, risk management, business organization and consulting, and litigation, Ms. Nelson represents leading horse owners, trainers, riders, breeders, equestrian facilities, major farms, clubs and associations across all nationally and internationally recognized disciplines.  She frequently defends the competition privileges of both professional and amateur riders before the national (USEF) and international (FEI) governing bodies of the sport, as well as the SafeSport Center.  

Additionally, for more than two decades, she has written Equine Law & Business Letter, a commercial newsletter reporting on legal issues affecting the horse industry.  She is an extensively published legal commentator and a frequent speaker at industry and legal conferences, including the National Equine Law Conference.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia.  In addition to her equine law practice, Ms. Nelson serves as an administrative law judge for the Virginia Supreme Court.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Villanova University School of Law.  

A lifelong equestrian, Ms. Nelson grew up riding with the Caristo family at their Glenview Stables, and during law school rode for Olympic veteran Michael Matz.  She still competes regularly on the “A” show circuit in the amateur hunter divisions.  In both 2011 and 2018, she was the USHJA/World Champion Hunter Rider Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion in the Amateur Owner division.    

Krysia C. Nelson, Attorney at Law

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Krysia Carmel Nelson's equine law practice reflects the multi-faceted and unique environment of the horse industry, that is at once a business, a sport and a culture of its own. 

Krysia Carmel Nelson, Esquire

(434) 979-0053

Charlottesville Virginia