A graduate of Yale Law School, valedictorian of her class at Northeastern University in 1983, five (5) years as a federal agent, and eighteen (18) years as a trial attorney, Chris is a smart and tenacious litigator who zealously represents her clients in all matters in which they seek her assistance, whether it be a small civil matter, a life-changing domestic matter, or complex civil litigation. The five (5) years Chris spent prior to law school as a federal agent with the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms enforcing the federal firearm, explosive and arson laws, have added to her unique qualifications for the fast-paced world of litigation, a field she willingly entered, and continues to remain by choice and continued devotion.
After serving as editor of the Yale Law Journal, and having published her work in the Journal, Chris began her legal career working with large law firms, first in Philadelphia, and then in Baltimore, practicing white collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation.
Shortly after having had an opportunity to relocate in Maryland in the early 1990's, Chris was offered an excellent opportunity to practice with a mid-size law firm and she joined their litigation team concentrating in the areas of federal and state trial practice, corporate and business litigation, family law, and personal injury. After many wonderful and rewarding years, the "entrepreneurial bug" took control and rather than accept a partnership with the established law firm, she took the road less traveled by most and started her own law firm, the Law Office of Christine Saverda Nielson, P.A. During this exciting and challenging transition, she discovered her true calling. Since founding her firm in 1997, Chris considers herself fortunate to have the opportunity to render professional yet personal service to her clients. She has been able to apply the many skills she acquired from working with a large firm to provide personal and attentive legal representation which can be afforded by small firm representation. Clients have told her that they have appreciated her assertive representation, trial advocacy skills and experience, fortitude and diligence, and her passion while advocating for their interests.
By managing her work schedule and practice to accommodate the needs of her clients, oftentimes using late night and early morning hours in addition to the daily hours of her law office, Chris has achieved the difficult to attain balance of professional and personal fulfillment. She is able to devote her time to her three (3) loves: family, law, and athletics. While running, biking and playing tennis are her preferred pastimes, to Chris, nothing compares to spending time with her two (2) beautiful daughters, her husband, and their numerous canines, all considered a part of the Nielson family.
"The past is history, the future a mystery, the present a gift"
Areas of Practice
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Family Law
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court District of Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
- Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
- Northeastern University
- Honors: With Highest Honors
- "Accomplices in Federal Court: A Case for Increased Evidentiary Standards,", 100 Yale L.J. 785 (1990).mnv
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association, Member
- Baltimore County Bar Association, Member
- Maryland State Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Women's Bar Association of Maryland, Member