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Judge Neal A. Nielsen III

Wrong Judge Neal A. Nielsen III?

Circuit Court Judge

Vilas County

Employment History

  • Circuit Judge
    Vilas County News-Review
  • Vice President and General Counsel
    Custom Components of Eagle River Inc
  • Judge
  • President
    Eagle River Rotary Club
  • President
    Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association


  • law degree
    Suffolk University Law School
  • bachelor of arts degree , economics
    Tufts University
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And I don't know how many ..., 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
And I don't know how many we're talking about here but many, many dozens at least, perhaps more," says Vilas County Circuit Court Judge Neal Nielsen.
At this meeting, Vilas County Circuit ..., 2 Sept 2014 [cached]
At this meeting, Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III spent a good deal of time explaining court funding to our board. I had never met the judge, but I have walked his path as I served 20 years as a judge for the state of Iowa. Iowa courts are funded exclusively by the state, so I was somewhat surprised that a judge would be addressing our supervisors on funding issues. As it so happens, in the state of Wisconsin, significant funding for court operations is derived from county tax dollars. Therein lies one of the reasons Judge Nielsen addressed the supervisors. The second reason is far more compelling. That is the issue of the burden Judge Nielsen carries with him every day as the only judge for Vilas County.
We have a small window of hope to aid Judge Nielsen fulfill his obligation to provide justice for all. Our board of supervisors can support the potential funding of a second judge for Vilas County by agreeing to defray some relatively minor expenses that would support a state-funded judge and court reporter. These costs include providing and maintaining facilities for two judges, overhead for the judge and staff, and perhaps up to two new employees to assist in the expansion of justice for our community. The final decision rests in Madison, but we need to act now, or we will not even be considered. When people asked me what I do for a living, I would often reply, you never want to see me on the job. And therein lays the dilemma for Judge Nielsen.
Judge Nielsen is not out to save the world, but he needs our help now to maximize justice for all of us.
Vilas County News-Review, 2 Dec 2003 [cached]
Nielsen is Vilas' next judge
Eagle River attorney Neal A. "Chip" Nielsen III was named last week as Vilas County's next circuit court judge by Wisconsin Gov.
Elated and still somewhat in shock, Nielsen said Monday that last week's "life-transforming telephone call" sparked quite a Thanksgiving celebration for the Nielsen family.
"It was a great honor, and above that, a great responsibility and opportunity that I look forward to," Nielsen said.
Not only will Nielsen be faced with an election challenge, but a Feb. 17 primary is inevitable now that at least two challengers have declared their intent to run - Eagle River attorney Steve Lucareli and Vilas County District Attorney Al Moustakis.
Nielsen is vice president and general counsel for Custom Components of Eagle River Inc., and formerly had a general law practice in Eagle River known as Nielsen & Nielsen for 13 years.
The practice included almost every aspect of law, from adoption to zoning.Nielsen is also a member of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors and past president of the Eagle River Rotary Club and the Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association.Nielsen, his wife, and their two children live in Eagle River.
"A judge, particularly in a smaller county, plays a very unique and important role in his community.It's a job where character, integrity and hard work still matter, and I'll do my very best to uphold the public's trust in our court system," said Nielsen.
"I said a careful and thorough process would lead to the selection of the right candidate, and I thought that was me," he said."I'm looking forward to the citizens of Vilas County having the same opportunity to review my credentials, experience and character."
The coming days will probably be somewhat of a blur for Nielsen, who has two weeks to wrap up work at Custom Components, make the transition to circuit judge and start an election campaign.Many new judges have months between the spring election and when their term begins Aug. 1 to make the transition.
"The whole transition will be an extraordinary challenge," he said."But Jean Numrich and her circuit court staff, longtime register in probate Mary Lou Bloch and my legal assistant, Jerrie Van Haverbeke, are all excellent people with a wealth of experience and knowledge.Their presence makes me feel very comfortable."
Nielsen is the son of a longtime Eagle River dentist and grew up in Land O' Lakes.He has been an attorney for 20 years.
He graduated in 1976 from Tufts University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and received his law degree in 1981 from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass. At Suffolk, he met his wife, Sharon, who also is a lawyer.
After several years of work with firms in Massachusetts, the two returned to Vilas County to establish their own practice and raise a family.They practiced under the name Nielsen & Nielsen for nearly 15 years before he accepted a position as general counsel to Custom Components/CornerStone Builders, a longtime client of the firm.
He said his experience as a lawyer has been varied and extensive, including a lot of appointments as a public defender in his early years and his continued representation of criminal defendants throughout his career.
Nielsen has been active in professional, civic and community matters.In 2002, he was elected to the Vilas County Board of Supervisors to represent part of the towns of Washington and Lincoln.
In addition to being past president of the Eagle River Rotary Club, he has been a member of the board of directors for 15 years.He currently serves as the Rotary Youth Exchange officer and has hosted seven foreign exchange students over the years.
Nielsen said he has had aspirations to be a judge for a long time, but didn't act because Vilas County was so well served by Mohr.
"Every applicant will meet that criteria, but the true qualities of a good judge are much harder to quantify: intellect, compassion, fairness, integrity, an abiding love of the law, and a deep respect for the judicial system and the community one serves," said Nielsen.
Current judge Neal Nielsen ..., 6 Oct 2014 [cached]
Current judge Neal Nielsen made that request this summer.
He said the heavy caseload sometimes makes him feel rushed in the courtroom.
"Would it be helpful," asked Vilas ... [cached]
"Would it be helpful," asked Vilas County Circuit Court Judge Neal "Chip" Nielsen, "to hold this on an afternoon in Lac du Flambeau, to make sure all the participants can be there and participate?"
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