Timothy R. Nelson is Co-Chair of the Business Law & Transactions Group at Aronberg Goldgehn. He represents clients in a broad range of transactions and serves as a trusted advisor on legal, business and strategic matters.

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

Tim often serves as outside general counsel for middle market and privately held businesses in a variety of industries, including technology, creative, advertising, e-commerce, private equity, retail, real estate, aerospace, aviation, manufacturing, hospitality, consulting, construction, agriculture, engineering, education, and entertainment industries.

Tim also assists clients with a range of technology and intellectual property matters, including trademark and copyright matters, Internet and software matters, 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, commercial agreements and a variety of other documents used in and out of the ordinary course of business.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

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

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

  • Representation of advertising and marketing services firm in a sale to private equity group

  • Representation of independent advertising agency as outside general counsel and deal counsel

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

  • 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 e-commerce businesses in connection with contract 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

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Tim joined Aronberg Goldgehn as an associate in November 2010 and was elevated to Member in January 2015. Since 2012 he 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.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Town Councilmember, Ogden Dunes, Indiana (2016-2018); Town Council President (2016-2017)
  • Salvation Army Harbor Light Center of Chicago, Board of Advisors (2012-Present)
  • Discovery Charter School, Board of Directors (2018-Present)
  • Adjunct Faculty for The John Marshall Law School Business Enterprise Law Clinic (2015-2017)


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

Indiana University, B.A., Philosophy, 2002



BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

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

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • 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)

PERSONAL

What is your favorite restaurant? La Scarola, Chicago
What is something most people don’t know about you? I play rhythm and lead guitar in a band.