By Caitlin Croft

The Law Office of John C. Nelson recently moved their location from Monroe Street to Washington Street located in the Historic Ellicottville Inn Building. Their new aesthetic is speak-easy meets industrial chic; Nelson is reinventing the notion of “going to see my lawyer.” I entered Nelson’s office through a hidden door, one of the many concepts used in the space, to sit down with him and hear all about the move.

This warm inviting space is filled with rustic Barnwood and industrial steel. The cathedral ceiling is crowned with old law books that were donated by John Northrup, as they were his great grandfather’s. The cubicles are divided by sleek, white, giant LEGOs, yes you read that right—LEGOs. In the conference room, you will find an antique breathalyzer and a handmade arcade cabinet by 4-B Woods that plays ANY arcade game.

Nelson recently took on another associate to grow his practice. “In just under three years, I have gone from just myself to five employees,” he said. Nelson’s practice revolves mainly around D.W.I.’s and D.U.I.’s, but he does do other traffic violations, criminal law and practices civil litigation, “but anything boring I kick to Kathleen,” Nelson jests. Kathleen Moriarty is another attorney in town whom his old office was next to.

Nelson recently penned the new NYS DWI Defense Forms book that was published by Tomson Rueters. This is a book with all the forms that NYS DWI Defense Attorneys will use.

Nelson’s hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday but he notes he does have emergency hours due to the nature of his business. You will find the practice at 8-10 Washington Street in the Village of Ellicottville. The entrance is on the side of the building and you will not be able to miss the beautiful concrete step with a stamped compass rose.

If you are strolling through Ellicottville, be sure to check out his new Halloween display in the windows. “I cannot wait to regain my title for the Christmas Display Competition; this year I have so many more windows to dress up. Be ready!”