David Hyland Nelson was born in 1955 in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana Tech University in 1977, and in 1981, he obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Louisiana State University, Paul M. Herbert Law Center.

Following his graduation, David relocated to Monroe, Louisiana, where he embarked on his legal career by joining an established defense firm, specializing in various forms of insurance defense litigation. In August 2001, David and his three partners decided to establish their own firm, Nelson, Zentner, Sartor & Snellings, LLC, where he currently practices law.

David is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, The Louisiana Association for Defense Counsel. Additionally, he held the position of Chairman of the Young Lawyers section for the Louisiana State Bar Association from 1989 to 1990.

Notably, David H. Nelson holds the distinction of being a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

For the past two decades, David has concentrated his legal practice primarily on medical malpractice defense, product liability defense, and premises liability defense. He continues to be involved in automobile liability defense cases.

Practice Areas

Admission Details

  • 1981, Louisiana


  • Louisiana State University, Class of 1981, J.D.
  • Louisiana Tech University, Class of 1977, B.S.

Associations & Memberships

  • Fourth Judicial District, Louisiana State (Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1989 District Seven Representative, 1986-1987) Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers


  • Lake Providence, Louisiana