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Travis P. Nelson

Travis P. Nelson



  • Catholic University School of Law, 2001, J.D.
  • Villanova University School of Business, 1998, B.S.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Travis joined Reed Smith as a member of the firm's Business and Finance Department, Financial Services Group (FIG) in 2010. Travis focuses his practice on serving financial institutions, and other companies, and their directors and officers, in consumer/regulatory compliance, bank mergers and acquisitions, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and defense of financial services class action litigation. In addition, a significant portion of Travis' practice involves representing institutions and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations.

Travis is formerly with the Enforcement Division of the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department that regulates federally-chartered banks. Travis is also an active member of the ABA'S Banking Law Committee, is a frequent writer and speaker on bank regulation, and is adjunct faculty at the Villanova University School of Law where he teaches Financial Institutions Regulation. Travis serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Reed Smith Financial Services Regulatory Blog – www.financialregulatoryreport.com.

Employment History

  • 2010 - Reed Smith, Princeton, NJ 
  • 2006 - Pepper Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA 
  • 2005 - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Washington, DC 
  • 2001 - Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair, Committee on Bank Regulation, Banking Law Section, New Jersey Bar Association
  • President, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Alumni Association
  • Former Member, Maryland State Banking Board
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former President, Villanova Univ. Alumni Assoc., Bucks County Chapter
  • Volunteer Attorney, Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA