attorney sarah nelson

Premier Portland Attorney Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations

Sarah Nelson has more than 17 years experience in personal injury litigation. It is the only law she does. Sarah Nelson spent the first half of her career working on the defense side of personal injury litigation as an in-house lawyer for Farmer’s Insurance. She has spent the second half of her career representing personal injury plaintiffs in working to recover from the insurance companies she used to represent. Sarah has taken over 100 cases to arbitration and trial as both a plaintiff’s lawyer and a defense lawyer. In the process, she has learned what facts matter to a jury, what facts and circumstances matter to the litigants and insurance companies. Most importantly, Sarah has learned to identify the value range of a case – and the only way to do this is to do it from the perspective of both sides and the potential jury. In the last several years, Sarah has taken her knowledge and applied it to mediations and arbitrations, to the benefit of both plaintiffs and defendants. Today, Sarah Nelson acts exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator.


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D.
  • Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Awards & Recognition

Sarah has taken well over 200 cases to trial and arbitration. She has earned many accolades that reflect her skill in this forum, as well as the respect of her peers. She was named West Coast Trial Lawyer of the Year by her employer in 2007 and was selected for inclusion in 2010 and 2011 as a Rising Star in Oregon’s Super Lawyers. Sarah is one of Portland’s highest-rated female lawyers handling accident injury cases, according to the independent lawyer rating directory, Avvo.

Past Employment Positions

  • Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations (representing personal injury plaintiffs)
  • Zipse Elkins Mitchell (Farmer’s Insurance)
  • Yamhill County, Deputy District Attorney

To schedule your free and confidential consultation, please contact Sarah Nelson Arbitrations and Mediations at (504) 475-3085.