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Robert W. Nelson Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1989

Court Admissions

  • United States Tax Court


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1989
  • Brigham Young University, MACC, 1985
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1984
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984


  • Certified Public Accountant; Board Certified in Tax Law and in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization


Robert Nelson serves as the co-leader of Dykema's Tax Group and advises clients on business tax planning, partnership tax planning, estate planning, international tax planning, and federal and state tax controversy. Robert’s CPA designation and years of experience handling a wide variety of complex tax matters, enable him to provide his clients with unique insight into the complex interplay between accounting and tax rules. His clients include privately held family businesses, Mexican-owned U.S. businesses, large corporations, and individuals. Robert is board certified in both Tax Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Robert’s experience includes the following:

  • Reorganized various privately held family businesses for estate planning, tax planning, and business planning reasons.
  • Represented large corporation and groups of individuals before the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office for sales tax, and the Internal Revenue Service for income tax audit matters.
  • Represented Mexican-owned U.S. businesses with appropriate business structure, tax structure, and international structure, as well as day-to-day legal support, to minimize U.S. tax exposure.
  • Represented U.S. and Mexican clients with real estate development projects in the United States through tax-advantaged U.S. business entities.
  • Represented a publicly traded international company during a Texas sales and use tax audit. The primary transactions in dispute were the international sale and transport of goods manufactured by the client.
  • Texas land acquisition and development project that included all aspects of land acquisition, as well as review and resolution of water rights, title claims and lawsuits, collateral lawsuits affecting property, environmental issues, financing components, and complicated title and local development issues. Project also included entity formation and acquisition work and tax advice.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas 
  • American Bar Association 
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, San Antonio Chapter, Austin Chapter, Rio Grande Valley Chapter
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council

Community/Civic Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America, Unit Commissioner, Diamondback District, Alamo Council 
  • Junior Achievement, High School Lecturer 
  • Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys" for Tax Law, 2019 and 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rating
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law, 2010-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC