Toccara M. Nelson

Toccara M. Nelson

Washington, D.C.

Email toccara.nelson@​

Phone +1 202 804 7789

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

With the client's experience always top of mind, Toccara Nelson helps both public and private companies with sensitive, high-profile government and internal investigations. She has conducted factual analyses and witness interviews for Fortune 500 companies and institutions within the health care, data privacy, and education sectors.

Toccara has helped companies navigate cutting-edge data issues, conducting analysis on data breach settlement negotiations, surveying laws on private intelligence gathering, and assisting investigations related to data privacy issues. She has also helped some of the world's top educational institutions with their sensitive internal investigations by engaging in witness interviews, fact-finding, and other tasks.

Toccara has maintained an active pro bono practice since joining the firm. She has helped immigrants seek asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, conducted legal research to promote environmental justice, and provided research and writing support for criminal justice resentencing initiatives.

To Toccara, her community is her client. Toccara was a clinic member for the University of Virginia's Innocence Project, where she led investigations for incarceree post-conviction relief initiatives. She was a UVA-Community Working Group committee member, assessing ways to improve the university's relationship with its local community through employment, housing, education, and health care. She helped Charlottesville's Legal Aid Justice Center combat racial disparities in policing through police accountability measures. Toccara's community work earned her the University of Virginia's inaugural Gregory H. Swanson Award in 2018.

During law school, Toccara was articles development editor for the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. She served as secretary for her school's student bar association. She also competed in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for two years, as her team qualified as a Mid-Atlantic regional finalist in 2018.

Awards and recognitions


Gregory H. Swanson Award
University of Virginia School of Law

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2019

B.A., University of Michigan, 2012


Member, Raven Society

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

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