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Honorable Nelson A. Diaz

Partner
Primary Office
1500 Market St. 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7053
Fax(215) 575-7200
ndiaz@dilworthlaw.com
99 Park Avenue
Suite 320
New York, NY 10016
Direct(917) 675-4254
Fax(212) 208-6874
ndiaz@dilworthlaw.com

Assistant

Kim DelMonte
Direct215-575-7184
kdelmonte@dilworthlaw.com

The Honorable Nelson Diaz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks, and nonprofit organizations in both state and federal Courts.

Nelson served as a judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He was the youngest judge elected to the Court and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history.

In addition to his legal practice, Nelson served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs.

Nelson also served as a White House Fellow as special assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale.

Professional & Community Activities

  • PA Supreme Court Member, Appellate Rules Committee
  • Member of the board of directors of Exelon Corporation
  • Member of the advisory board of PNC
  • Member of the board of directors and executive committee of Temple University and served on the university’s Presidential Search Committee
  • General Counsel of the Urban Affairs Coalition 
  • Member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships
  • Member of the Philadelphia Children’s Commission
  • Vice Chair emeritus of the Visitors Bureau Multicultural Affairs Congress
  • Former co-chair of the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Former board member of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
  • Former board member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Former Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Hispanic Caucus
  • Former Executive Director of the Spanish Merchants Association of Philadelphia

Speeches & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Corporate Board” hosted by KPMG Update, New York, April 25, 2012

Professional Recognition

  • Received the Association for Independent Growth Foundation’s Civic Leadership Award
  • Received the American Bar Association’s 2001 Spirit of Excellence Award
  • Received the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence
  • Received several civil rights and management awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic Americans by Hispanic Business
  • Awarded honorary doctorates from Temple University, La Salle University, Albright College and Lincoln University
  • Received the 2012 Latino Trendsetter Award
  • Super Lawyers 2004 - 2011, 2014
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Education

  • J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 1972
  • B.S., Saint John's University, 1969
  • Certificate on Mediation and Arbitration, Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

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  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court District of Columbia
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court Eastern District of New York

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