Nelson Happy

Nelson Happy

Affiliated Partner

At the Law Office of Mohaimina Haque, PLLC, we are excited and proud to bring you the talents, expertise and experience of Attorney J Nelson Happy. Mr. Happy is a graduate of Columbia Law School and a former partner in two top Midwest law firms.

He has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell and is a former tenured professor of law and former Dean of Regent University School of Law. Mr. Happy is the principal of the Law Office of J Nelson Happy – an allied firm of the Law Office of Mohaimina Haque, PLLC. Our firms work together to provide excellent full legal service to our clients.

Mr. Happy is a seasoned trial litigator with over 53 years of legal experience. He has provided advice to scores of public and private corporate clients on a wide variety of legal issues including securities, contracts, negotiations, financing, environmental regulations, risk management and aviation law, product liability, insurance law, mergers and acquisitions.

He has successfully prosecuted and defended many tort and commercial litigation matters. He has briefed and argued cases in the 8th Circuit and 2nd Circuit Courts of Appeal; Supreme Court of Virginia; Supreme Court of Missouri; Supreme Court of North Carolina; North Carolina Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of Kansas.

Mr. Happy has represented Pro Bono clients in criminal cases in Missouri and Virginia, federal and state courts, and in various administrative matters including tenant’s rights and other entitlements.

Mr. Happy is said to be the only lawyer who has argued and won two unrelated cases in the Virginia Supreme Court in one day.

Mr. Happy has appeared on television shows about legal issues, including Oprah Winfrey and Nightline.


  • J.D. – Columbia University School of Law, 1967
    • Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize, 1966
    • Columbia Law School Service Award, 1967
  • B.S. – Syracuse University, 1964

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington State
  • Virginia