About Us

Stephen D. Nelson

is a practicing attorney at the general practice law firm of Severson Hand & Nelson in Houlton. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, Cum Laude. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, business & corporate services, real estate and family law.

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Steve served as the Maine editor for the estate planning for retirement benefits chapter of the publication, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine for the first edition in 2012 and again for the second edition due out in 2017. He also participated with the Maine Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission serving on the Probate Code Review Subcommittee responsible for updating revisions of the probate code sections dealing with the elective share rights of a surviving spouse.

Steve served as a faculty member and presenter for the Maine State Bar Association Family Law Institute on the topic of grandparent visitation rights in 2006 and 2011.

Steve currently serves as the President for the Maine State Bar Association.  Steve is one of only three Aroostook County attorneys who have served as the President of the Maine State Bar Association in its 150 year history.  Prior to becoming President, Steve served as the Aroostook representative of the Board of Governors. He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association continuing legal education committee and served as the treasurer of the Aroostook County Bar Association from 2003 to 2015.

In 2016, Steve was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to the civil rules committee.  This committee consists of thirteen attorneys and three judges.  The committee is charged with reviewing rules of court and making recommendations to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on any proposed changes or updates to the civil rules.

Daniel R. Nelson

is a practicing attorney at the general practice law firm of Severson, Hand & Nelson, P.A. in Houlton.

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He received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University in 1976. He was admitted to the Maine Bar in 1977. His practice focuses on municipal representation, civil litigation/personal injury, real estate and family law.

Daniel is a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the Aroostook County Bar Association. He is a past President of the Aroostook County Bar Association.

Daniel became a partner in the firm in 1981. He resides in Houlton with his wife, Sherry. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. Daniel enjoys the outdoors and spends countless hours walking, jogging and hiking. He is an avid basketball fan and attends all high school games.

Gary A. Severson

is a practicing attorney at the law firm of Severson, Hand & Nelson, P.A. in Houlton which he founded in 1966. He received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Cum Laude in 1965. His practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration.

Gary is Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Course. He sat on the Houlton Water Company Board of Directors for 24 years, serving as Treasurer, Secretary and Clerk. He served on the Houlton Town Counsel as member and Chairman, as member and Chairman of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners and The American Board of Bar Examiners.