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avatar23659_24Nelson E. Timken

80-41 230th Street
Bellerose Manor, N.Y. 11427
Cell (917) 533-8080 Email:
Member, New York State (1988)
Federal Bar (1989)

Lifelong resident of Queens County.  J.D. St. John’s Law 1988. Attended Columbia College and Queens College, CUNY, B.A. 1985, Political Science, cum laude, 1985.   Attorney, Negligence Litigation 1988-1994, NYS Unified Court System, 1994-Present.

Skills & Expertise:


Civil Litigation

Personal Injury

Product Liability


Commercial Litigation

Medical Malpractice

Legal Research




Legal Writing

Public Speaking



Microsoft Office





Authored articles for the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association Journal, the New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Journal & Matthew Bender Publishers.


New York State Unified Court System, Queens, NY (1994-Present)

Principal Law Clerk; Associate Court Attorney

Draft opinions, decisions, orders, jury charges, and correspondence; research and analyze legal questions and issues and make recommendations; confer with and advise judges on legal issues; confer with lawyers in proceedings and review legal documents; conduct conferences with litigants and other parties to legal actions to clarify issues to be resolved or to settle cases. Experience in all civil, criminal and guardianship parts.


PSM Insurance Co. (now Magna Carta Insurance Co.), NY, NY

Supreme Court Examiner (Claims Attorney)

Handled a diary of more than 200 negligence claims; investigated claims; analyzed and made coverage determinations and issued coverage positions; analyzed legal issues; conferred with and supervised litigation by in-house and outside counsel; negotiated settlements.


Lester, Schwab, Katz & Dwyer, NY, NY

Litigation Associate

Defense negligence litigation and products liability litigation.


Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, New York, NY

Associate Attorney

Defense negligence and professional liability litigation.



St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, NY

Juris Doctor, June 1988

Best Brief, Gabrielli Moot Court Competition;

Member, Moot Court; Finalist, Civil Trial Competition;

Finalist, Client Counseling Competition.


Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY

Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) Political Science, February 1985


Trinity School

High School




New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Former Member, Board of Directors

New York State Bar Association,

Executive Committee, Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section, Committee on Professional Ethics

Queens County Bar Association, Board of Managers, (2006-2009)

Queens County Bar Association Academy of Law, Associate Dean, (2004-2009)

The Gay-Straight Alliance of the New York State Court System, Queens County Delegate

Catholic Lawyers Guild



Contributing Author, Matthew Bender “Art of Advocacy” Publications

Latin, Hon. Richard & Timken, Nelson: Trupia v Lake George and Assumption of Risk, LexisNexis, 2010 Emerging Issues 5024, June 07, 2010

The New York State Bar Association Torts Insurance Compensation Law Journal:

“Long-Arm Jurisdiction and the Global Economy,” Winter, 2009, Vol. 38, No.1, p. 32

The New York State Bar Association Journal: “The ‘No-Prejudice’ Rule Survives, Somewhat,”

February, 2006, Vol. 78, No. 2, p. 40

The New York Law Journal:

Amended EPTL Expedites Wrongful-Death Proceeds,@ 12/23/06, p. 4, c. 3

The Emergency Doctrine as a Defense in Motor Vehicle Cases,@ 9/29/05, p. 4, c. 3

Threshold Motions: Has the First Department Raised the Bar?@ 6/23/05, p. 4, c. 3

Complying With CPL 710.30 Notice Requirements,@ 4/1/96, p. 1, c. 1

Enhanced Sanctions for Driving While Intoxicated,@ 1/3/96, p. 1, c. 1

The Servant of Justice@ – 2d Prize Winner, 4th Annual Fiction Writing Contest (2004)

Queens County Bar Association Bulletin:

Lose the Evidence, Lose the Case?- Sanctions for Spoliation,@ 10/05, p. 1, c. 1

Ethical Issues for Law Secretaries in Dealing With Attorneys,@ 4/05, p. 1, c. 1

Labor Law ‘240 Protections, Exemptions,@ 12/03, p. 1, c. 1

Expert Opinions on the Reliability of Eyewitness

Testimony: The Court of Appeals Opens the Door in People v. Lee,@ 12/01, p. 1, c. 1

Whither Mendoza? – The Court of Appeals Revisits Its Decision in People v. Mendoza, In People v. Jones,@ 5/01, p.1, c.1


CLE Lecturer:

New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers:

“Advanced Professional Ethics: Ethics and Civility in Civil Litigation,” 1/21/09, New York City, 1/22/09, Long Island

2007 Annual Legal Update: Products Liability,” 9/28/07, New York City

New York State Bar Association: Basic Tort & Insurance Law Practice: No-fault Insurance, 5/20/08, New York City

Queens County Bar Association:

Handling a Soft Tissue Case From Intake Through Summary Judgment,@ 4/13/05

Lunch With the Law Secretaries of Queens Supreme, Civil Term,” 2/15/05

How to Handle Labor Law ‘200/240/241(6) Cases,@ 5/26/04

The Practical Approach to Trying a Civil Case,@ 3/3/04

St. John’s University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education Program:

Criminal Law Update, 10/20/01 and 4/9/00

How to Handle Your First DWI Case,@ 10/24/99