Hon. Nelson Diaz (Ret.)
Neutral, Mediator and Arbitrator with ADR Options since 1998 in the Philadelphia Region
The Honorable Nelson Diaz concentrates his practice the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks, and non-profit organizations in both state and federal Courts.
In addition to his legal practice, Nelson served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs.
Mr. Diaz served as a Judge for the Philadelphia court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. The youngest Judge elected to the Court and the first Latino Judge in Pennsylvania history, he was also appointed Administrative Judge by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where he saved the state millions of dollars annually and used a nationally recognized Pro Term Judges Program to reform the Court’s case flow efficiency.
During his distinguished career, Mr. Diaz also served as City Solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be in the General Counsel for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs. During his tenure in these positions, he was instrumental in increasing the number of women and minority lawyers in both organizations. Mr. Diaz was a White House Fellow, serving as special assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale, and was also the Executive Director of the Spanish Merchants Association of Philadelphia.
Mr. Diaz is a member of the Board of Directors of Exelon Corporation, the Advisory Board of PNC, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Temple University, where he also served on the University’s Presidential Search Committee. He is a former chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Hispanic Caucus.
He is listed as a Super Lawyer.