Elisa M. Nelson

Elisa M. Nelson

Managing Partner
Galesburg, Illinois
Elisa was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1981 and raised in Knoxville. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Bradley University where she was a member of the Mock Trial team for 3 years and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana after graduation to attend law school. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law- New Orleans in 2006, however, during Hurricane Katrina she attended Loyola Law School - Chicago where she taught street law to high school students. After graduation she returned to Knox county area and began working at the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office concentrating mainly on Juvenile  Abuse and Neglect cases. She then entered private practice in Galesburg for just over two years before transferring to the Knox County State's Attorney's Office where she was the First Assistant State's Attorney until September, 2015 when she joined Alcorn Karlin as a Managing Partner.

Areas of Practice

  • 25% Criminal Defense
  • 15% DUI
  • 25% Family and Divorce Law
  • 10% Real Estate
  • 10% Adoption
  • 10% Wills and Estates

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
    • B.S.
    • Major: Double Major in Administration of Criminal Justice and Sociology with a Minor in Political Science


  • Lethal Use of Force - Law Enforcement Mandatory Firearms Training, Mobile Team Training Unit IV, 2013 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knox County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2008 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Peoria County State's Attorney's Office, Assistant State's Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Simpson Law Office, Associate Attorney, 2008 - 2011
  • Knox County State's Attorney's Office, First Assistant State's Attorney, 2011 - 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Galesburg Police Pension Board - Trustee, 2009 - Present
  • Knoxville United Methodist Preschool - President of the Board of Directories, 2011 - Present
  • Prairie State Legal - Volunteer Attorney, 2015 - Present


  • English