Calvin R. Nelson

Nelson Calvin
Calvin Nelson is a member of Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice covers a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, trademarks and brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting. He has represented clients in a wide variety of fields, including smartphone technology, mobile applications, and enterprise software. Calvin has extensive experience counseling clients on intellectual property issues and litigating intellectual property disputes in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

As a former federal law clerk, Calvin has particular experience in federal litigation. In 2011, he briefly left Venable to serve as an inaugural law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Wilkins in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. As a law clerk, Calvin advised Judge Wilkins on a variety of pending complex civil, administrative, and criminal matters.




  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2007
    • Article Review Board, Virginia Journal of Law & Technology
  • B.A. Biology Johns Hopkins University 1998

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Robert L. Wilkins U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 2011 2012


Selected for inclusion in Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 – 2016, 2018.


Personal Activities

Calvin is an active member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section.