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J. Nelson Happy

Of Counsel
Primary Office
99 Park Avenue
Suite 320
New York, NY 10016
Direct(917) 675-4251
Fax(215) 575-7200


Cyrene Steele
Direct(917) 675-4250

Nelson Happy is a seasoned trial lawyer who has tried jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has argued appeals in many state and federal appellate courts. Nelson has acted as general counsel to two corporations, served as managing partner of two law firms, as well as a law school professor and dean.

Representative Experience

  • Damnum Absque Injuria, When Private Property Can Be Damaged Without Compensation, 36 Mo L Rev, 453.
  • Hughes v. Cole, 251 Va.3; 465 SE2d 820 (1996).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Dean and Professor of Law, Regent University School of Law, 1993 – 1999
  • Member, Virginia Continuing Legal Education Board (Appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia), 1994 – 2000
  • Advisor, Virginia Board of Law Examiners, 1993 – 1999

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1967
    • Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize, 1966
    • Columbia Law School Service Award, 1967
  • B.S., Syracuse University, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1967
  • New York, 1985
  • Washington, 2004