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Mr. Ryan D. Nelson

Melaleuca, Inc.
Regular Member
4609 West 65th South
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Phone: (208) 522-0700
Fax: (208) 534-2608

Law School: Brigham Young University (1999)
Foreign Languages: Dutch

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Since 2009, Ryan Nelson has served as general counsel and general counsel emeritus of Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, Inc. Before joining Melaleuca, Mr. Nelson served the United States government as Special Counsel for Supreme Court nominations to Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions; Deputy General Counsel to the White Houseís Office of Management and Budget; and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. At DOJ, Mr. Nelson served as a senior manager over 700 ENRD attorneys and staff and directly managed the Appellate Section. He argued 13 cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and was division counsel for 50 briefs filed in the Supreme Court. Before joining DOJ, Mr. Nelson practiced in the Washington, DC, office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he was a member of the firmís appellate, litigation, products liability, and religious liberties practice groups. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Nelson served as a law clerk to Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Judges Charles Brower and Richard Mosk of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague. Mr. Nelson earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D., with Honors, from BYU Law School, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, served as a lead articles editor of the BYU Law Review and worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Legal Counsel.

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