Laurie J. Nelson focuses her practice on structured finance and securitization. She counsels financial institutions and investment banking firms on numerous transactions, including asset-backed securities issuances, resecuritizations of financial assets, whole loan mortgage sales, and related regulatory matters.
Laurie has represented both issuers and underwriters in US and cross-border public offerings and private placements of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and asset-backed securities involving a wide variety of asset types and structures, as well as resecuritizations of previously issued RMBS.
Laurie’s mortgage-backed experience covers numerous types of mortgage loans, including qualified mortgages (QMs), agency and agency high-balance loans, non-QMs, non-owner occupied/investor loans (NOO/INV), reperforming loans (RPLs), nonperforming loans (NPLs), fix-and-flip/residential transition loans (RTLs), and other residential products, as well as shared appreciation home equity investments (HEIs) and small-balance commercial loans (SBCLs). Laurie has also represented CDO collateral managers in a variety of collateral debt restructurings.
Laurie maintains an active pro bono practice and has been recognized for her work in this area by the Pro Bono Project New Orleans. As part of her practice, she represents clients of the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC.
Laurie returned to Morgan Lewis after a decade at another international law firm.
While attending law school, Laurie was on the dean’s honor list, won “Best Paper” for Cyberlaw & Policy and Distinguished Performance for Trial Advocacy, was a Trial Advocacy teaching assistant, and was graduation class speaker.
Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2002, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, 1991, B.A., Anthropology
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG)
Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)