After going through a divorce of his own, family law attorney Seth Nelson founded Nelson Law Group to help ease the burden on Tampa families facing similar challenges. In the spirit of the Philanthropy Issue, he’s giving us a peek into how he gives back to the Tampa community.
Q: What kind of charitable work are you and your firm involved with?
At Nelson Law Group, we always maintain a steady stream of pro-bono cases that averages to at least 100 hours of pro-bono services every year. Also, team members are active in Tampa Connection, which partners with the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and other local nonprofit organizations.
Q: What is your favorite local nonprofit organization?
Tampa Bay Job Links. They help members of our community find employment by providing a holistic approach to individuals who need career and job search coaching. This goes well beyond the job-search process. It includes breaking down barriers to employment, such as a lack of interview clothing, transportation, medical and mental health care, and much more, through community resources. They are transforming lives and our community one job at a time.
Q: How about your favorite national nonprofit?
The Humane Society, because my son and I are pet lovers — especially dogs. The Humane Society is dedicated to ending animal homelessness, providing care and comfort for companion animals including animal sheltering, veterinary care and adoptions. We support their mission and love coming home to our dog, Theo (above), and receiving unconditional love.
Q: What is your favorite Tampa Bay-area charity event of the year?
The Best of Tampa Bay at the Straz Center. It is the Straz’s signature fundraising event with restaurants, craft beer, wine, and bands that has generated more than $2.5 million for arts education programs.
Q: Who is someone in the Tampa Bay area you look up to for their commitment to giving back to the community?
Jeff and Penny Vinik and the Lightning Foundation. The Lightning Foundation leads by example and inspires others to give back to our wonderful community. I especially enjoy learning about all the wonderful nonprofits that are celebrated by the Lightning Community Hero and Lightning Community Heroes of Tomorrow programs. These programs donate to local nonprofits through their Heroes, thus helping the nonprofits financially and raising awareness of how people are making a positive difference in our community.