Timothy R. Nelson is Co-Chair of the Business Law & Transactions Group at Aronberg Goldgehn. He represents clients in a broad range of matters and transactions.

Tim often serves as outside general counsel for middle market and privately held businesses in a variety of industries, including the technology, creative, advertising, service, private equity, retail, real estate, aerospace, aviation, manufacturing, hospitality, consulting, construction, engineering, education, and entertainment industries. In serving as a trusted advisor for his clients, Tim provides counsel on a broad range of legal, business and strategic matters.

As a business counselor with broad transactional experience, Tim frequently represents clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; business formation, start-up and governance matters; corporate structure and business planning matters; private debt and equity offerings; shareholder disputes; commercial finance transactions; as well as real estate, leasing and licensing transactions.

Tim also assists clients with a range of technology and intellectual property matters, including trademark and copyright matters, Internet and software matters, as well as related concerns such as trade secret protections and related company policies.

Tim regularly negotiates and drafts business governance documentation; purchase and sale documentation for transactions large and small; confidentiality agreements, employment policies and agreements, strategic and consulting agreements; licensing documentation, loan documentation, real estate and leasing agreements; customer contracts, and a variety of other documents used in and out of the ordinary course of business.


  • Representation of private equity group in connection with mergers and acquisitions

  • Representation of technology company in connection with software development and licensing

  • Representation of portfolio companies of private equity group as outside general counsel

  • Representation of private equity group in connection with the organizational chart for its portfolio companies, including analysis of when new entities are necessary and when consolidation is possible in a continuing effort to create efficiencies throughout the portfolio structures

  • Representation of technology and service company in a private equity offering intended to fund expansion plans

  • Representation of a client in the acquisition of an elevator and accessibility business

  • Representation of buyer in management buy-out of professional services firm

  • Representation of Internet based business in connection with retail and contractual matters

  • Representation of clients in connection with the purchase, sale and protection of intellectual property assets

  • Representation of manufacturing company in connection with its customer and vendor contract documents

  • Representation of start-up companies with business formation and development of organizational infrastructure

  • Representation of medical device manufacturer in connection with research and development contract documentation

  • Preparation and implementation of a phantom equity appreciation plan intended to reward key employees

  • Analysis and implementation of corporate restructuring and consolidation projects

  • Representation of for-profit educational institution in connection with a private stock offering

  • Representation of a title insurance company regarding escrow and insurance matters

  • Representation of a real estate group in the sale of its Chicago multifamily real estate portfolio

  • Representation of business owners with the transfer of businesses and other assets to future generations

Tim joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in November 2010 and was elected a Member in January 2015. He is an Adjunct Faculty Supervisor for The John Marshall Law School Business Enterprise Law Clinic.

Since 2012 Tim has been recognized annually as a Rising Star in the area of Corporate and Business Law by Illinois Super Lawyers. Since 2015, he has been named annually an Emerging Lawyer in Closely & Privately Held Business Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers.


  • Town Council President, Town of Ogden Dunes, Indiana
  • Salvation Army Harbor Light Center of Chicago (Board of Advisors)
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2005

Indiana University, B.A., Philosophy, 2002


  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


  • American Bar Association


  • Named a Rising Star in Business/Corporate Law by Illinois Super Lawyers (2012-2018)
  • Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Closely & Privately Held Business Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015-2018)


What is your favorite restaurant? Da Augusto, Rome
What is something most people don’t know about you? I am a trained cook with restaurant experience.