Indianapolis, IN

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Dominique N. Nelson concentrates her practice in civil litigation in the areas of automobile, premises liability, professional liability and general litigation. Prior to joining Kopka Pinkus Dolin, Dominique spent more than two years at the Marion County Prosecutors Office where she sat first and second chair on numerous cases, as well as bench trials. In addition she argued in many suppression hearings, contested hearings, and bail review hearings.

Dominique brings to her practice the unique perspective of working for a plaintiff’s firm. She makes meeting her clients’ needs a top priority, and follows a team approach to litigation matters. She excels at understanding client goals and concerns, and then providing counseling and guidance for clients from a litigator’s perspective.

Dominique earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country student-athlete. She received the Zora Zorich Memorial Scholarship, and was the President of the Africana Studies Club. While attending law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Dominique was extremely active with the Black Law Students Association, serving as the Midwest Region Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for two years. She competed in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, and was an Executive Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality. For two years, Dominique also served as Class Representative on the Student Bar Association.

When Dominique is not at the office advocating for her clients, she is active in the local community. She facilitates workshops with the Center for Leadership Development, which is a program committed to preparing minority youth to attend college and become leaders in the community. She also presides as a judge in the program, Reach for Youth: Teen Court. The program serves as an available alternative to first time teenage offenders, where their peers make binding decisions on how they are punished. If the offenders are successful, they do not have to enter the formal juvenile system.

Indiana State Bar Association
Marion County Bar Association
Notre Dame Alumni Association
Indiana University Alumni Association
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, B.A. & B.S.