Nelson A. Waneka

Nelson A. Waneka
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B.A., Journalism, University of Northern Colorado (2005)

J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2010)

Honors & Activities

Articles Editor, Denver University Law Review (2008-09)

Staff Editor, Denver University Law Review (2007-08)

Highest Grade, Advanced Legal Writing

Legal Experience Summary

2011 – Present

455 Sherman St., Ste. 490
Denver, CO 80203

2010 – 2011

APPELLATE LAW CLERK to the Honorable Diana M. Terry
101 W Colfax Ave, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202

2006 – 2010

1660 Wynkoop Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202

Court Admissions

Colorado Supreme Court (2010)

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado (2011)

Professional Organizations / Activities
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta:  Rethinking the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption and the Policy Considerations Permeating the Court’s Decision, 86 Denv. U.L. Rev. 303 (2008)

About Nelson

Nelson Waneka is a committed advocate for those facing challenges in insurance recovery. At the heart of his practice at LSW, Nelson supports individuals, businesses, and community associations through addressing delayed and denied insurance claims. With a track record of securing numerous seven-figure settlements and delivering one of the largest jury verdicts in Douglas County history—a staggering $4,742,048.02— Nelson’s work not only benefits his clients but also contributes to the development of fair insurance law practices in Colorado. 

His background is rooted in a solid legal education and practical experience. He graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Denver University Law Review, sharpening his analytical and writing skills. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Diana M. Terry of the Colorado Court of Appeals, gaining firsthand exposure to Colorado’s legal system.  

Beyond his practice, Nelson has been influential in shaping Colorado insurance law through appeals in both state and federal courts. He also lends his knowledge as an expert witness on insurance bad faith and claims handling practices.  

Recognition of his skill and dedication includes being named a Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star in insurance coverage for 2014-2020. He has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer 2021-present. He has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® list from 2013-present, with a special acknowledgment as “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law in 2020 and 2024. His contributions to the legal community are further underscored by recognitions from The National Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. 

Outside of his professional life, Nelson values time spent with his family and enjoys fly-fishing, finding balance and rejuvenation in these activities.