Power Lawyers 2011
Nelson's instincts as a competitive sailboat racer served him well in the protracted negotiation of Peter Jackson's deal to make two Hobbit films for Warner Bros./MGM. He handled director Nicolas Winding Refn's pact to make festival breakout Drive, Rod Lurie in his deal to remake Straw Dogs, out in September, and he works with director Sean Durkin, whose Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene opens this fall. As fate would have it, Drive and Straw Dogs open on the same day (Sept. 16). "I didn't actually know," Nelson recalls, "until one of the directors lovingly pointed it out.