Nelson Parker has been practicing law since 1977, when he received his juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and returned to his hometown of Manning to work with firm founder John C. Land III.
Since then, Nelson has steadily developed a diverse practice, which today focuses primarily on civil litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Social Security, as well as some criminal defense.
Although the types of cases might differ, Nelson says that most of them share a common characteristic: They involve individuals who need help to overcome a wrong, an injury, or an illness to get their lives back on track.
“John has always preached, ‘We help the little guy,’ and there’s a lot of truth to that,” Nelson says. “It sounds self-serving, but I get a real kick out of helping people who otherwise can’t help themselves.”
Nelson takes particular satisfaction in achieving successful outcomes for clients seeking Social Security benefits.
“The people you come in contact with who are filing for disability for the most part are people who have just had some very poor luck with health issues; these are people who need a break,” he says. “I do derive a lot of satisfaction out of being able to help people like that. And when you’re able to do that, people don’t forget that.”
Oftentimes, a Social Security claimant must wait as long as two years until they’re able to get a hearing before an administrative law judge. “And these are people who have to go without during that period of time, because to be disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Act, you’ve got to be unable to do any kind of work. If you’re working, irrespective of how bad your medical condition is, by definition you are not disabled. So you can’t have any earnings and successfully apply for it unless you’ve got a really good reason.”
Nelson is active in the South Carolina Bar Association and the trial lawyers’ organization, the South Carolina Association for Justice.
In his off time, Nelson enjoys golf, reading, and relaxing on South Carolina’s coastal beaches.
He’s also an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Manning.