Donald M. Nielsen - Bell, Davis & Pitt P.A.

Donald M. Nielsen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 336-714-4116

Don has practiced law in Winston-Salem since 1990. He started his practice with what was then Petree, Stockton and Robinson (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) and joined Bell, Davis & Pitt in 2002.

Don’s principal areas of practice are handling:

  • Environmental issues relating to real estate transactions and development, including Brownfields projects; 
  • Rezonings and special or conditional use permits before planning boards, boards of adjustment, historic commissions and local elected bodies;
  • Appeals of quasi-judicial decisions;
  • Environmental litigation; and
  • Regulatory matters before state and local administrative bodies.

Don has been actively involved in the community, from youth sports when his children were young to chairing a review of a police department murder investigation.  Among other things, he has been chairman of the Historic Resources Commission, a board member of the Forsyth County Environmental Affairs, president of the Forsyth County Genealogical Society, on the board of a community development corporation and president of his Kiwanis Club.  

Don met his wife while in graduate school in Virginia, and worked for a historical society in Boston before moving South to attend law school and bring his wife and children closer to their Carolina roots. Don is passionate about history, including family and local history, and enjoys travel to ancestral homes and distant relatives. His wife, Tricia, is a maternal/child health nurse practitioner

Hamilton CollegeAB 1979University of VirginiaMA 1981Northeastern UniversityMA 1983Duke UniversityJ.D. 1990

Office Location

Century Plaza, Suite 600
100 North Cherry Street
P.O. Box 21029
Winston-Salem, NC 27120-1029
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Land Development, Zoning)
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning