About Nelson Ebaugh

Nelson Ebaugh is a highly accomplished attorney with a strong focus on securities litigation, white-collar defense, and appeals. Throughout his distinguished career, Nelson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his clients and the legal profession. With a diverse background encompassing civil and criminal law, including experience as a state criminal prosecutor and private-practice civil litigator, Nelson brings exceptional knowledge and versatility to his practice.

In 2002, Nelson earned his Master of Laws in Securities and Financial Regulation, marking a pivotal point in his career. Since then, he has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to securities arbitration, litigation, and enforcement. His deep expertise in this field has made him a sought-after advocate for clients facing complex securities matters.

Nelson Ebaugh's legal acumen, however, extends beyond the realm of securities. He is also proficient in criminal law. Shortly after graduating from law school, Nelson served as an assistant district attorney in Collin County, Texas, where he honed valuable courtroom skills.

In 2011, Nelson began representing criminal defendants on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His debut appearance in that court was a testament to his prowess, leading to a government-conceded error and a staggering 15-year sentence reduction for his client.  Since that remarkable victory, Nelson has handled numerous appeals, further fortifying his stature as a formidable appellate attorney. To underscore his expertise, he holds a board certification in criminal appellate law.

Nelson is not only a committed practitioner but also an avid researcher and writer. During his free time, he consistently publishes and presents on topics within his legal specialization, showcasing his passion for staying at the forefront of legal developments and sharing his insights with the legal community.

In addition to his practice, Nelson actively engages in professional associations, serving as a board member of the Federal Bar Association's Southern District of Texas Chapter. He has also held leadership positions in esteemed organizations such as the Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section and the Houston Bar Association Securities Litigation & Arbitration Section. Nelson's dedication and contributions have earned him fellowships in institutions such as the Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and College of the State Bar of Texas.

With admissions to practice in multiple jurisdictions, including Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, Nelson is exceptionally well-prepared to provide expert representation in securities litigation, white-collar criminal cases, and in both civil and criminal appeals.

Selected Publications

Texas Cryptocurrency Jurisprudence: Examining the current legal framework, 86:5 Texas Bar Journal 314 (May 2023)

Calculating Forfeiture Money Judgments After Honeycutt, The Federal Lawyer 42 (March/April 2020)

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Duty Rule Leads to Expanded Statutory Causes of Action and a New Breach of Contract Claim, The Federal Lawyer 66 (January/February 2017)

The Liability: Why you should understand the five tests of civil aiding and abetting in Texas, 78:5 Texas Bar Journal 362 (May 2015)

Remedies for Defrauded Purchasers of Oil and Gas Interests Under the Securities Laws, 1 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law 51 (Spring 2006)

Insider Trading Liability for Tippers and Tippees: A Call for the Consistent Application of the Personal Benefit Test, 39 Texas Journal of Business Law 265 (2003)

Recent Podcasts

Demystifying Cryptocurrency for Lawyers, State Bar of Texas Podcast - Legal Talk Network (May 4, 2023)

A Lawyer’s Guide to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Texas Appellate Law Podcast (May 18, 2023)

Recent Presentations

Co-presenter, Technology and the Fourth Amendment, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (June 23, 2023)

Speaker, Cryptocurrency Litigation Rises as Interest in Cryptocurrencies Soars, Financial Institutions Section of the Austin Bar Association (June 7, 2023)

Panel Chair, It’s Not Just for Techies Anymore! AI, ChatGPT, and Trends in Legal Technology, Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter (May 18, 2023)

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Professional Associations

  • Secretary, Federal Bar Association - Southern District of Texas Chapter
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • Former Chair, Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section, 2018-2019
  • Former Chair, Houston Bar Association Securities Litigation & Arbitration Section, 2013 - 2015
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas


  • Georgetown University, LL.M., Securities/Financial Regulation, 2002
  • University of Tulsa, J.D., with honors, 1998
    • Articles Editor, Tulsa Law Journal
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1991


Nelson S. Ebaugh


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