Terry D. Nelson


Terry D. Nelson


Terry D. Nelson is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. His primary practice included hedge fund organization and operational compliance, other private fund offerings, broker-dealer and investment adviser registration and compliance issues, and litigation/enforcement matters involving state and federal securities laws and regulations. Terry was a member of the firm’s Securities, Commodities & Exchange Regulation, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Transactional & Securities Practices.

In relation to Terry’s hedge and other private fund practice, he represented clients in all aspects of the organization, funding, and operations of U.S. domestic and non-U.S. funds. As part of this work, he worked with fund sponsors, advisers, distributors, investors, custodians, administrators, prime brokers and other private fund service providers.

Prior to joining Foley, Terry served as chief examiner of the Colorado Securities Division and as licensing and regulation examiner with the Office of the Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities.


Terry currently serves as the Wisconsin liaison for the American Bar Association‘s Committee on State Regulation of Securities. His professional activities include past memberships on the Qualifications Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (now “FINRA”) and the Broker-Dealer Examination and Uniform Securities Act Revision Committees of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.

He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Dane County Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Terry serves as the pro bono counsel and president of the advisory council for the South Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Presentations and Publications

  • Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Securities Enforcement: Counseling and Defense, Winer & Winer
  • Editor of the Foley & Lardner monthly Investment Management Newsletter