William Nelson


Chief Compliance Officer

Mercer Advisors


As Chief Compliance Officer, William serves as an executive officer providing legal and regulatory guidance on all issues related to SEC, FINRA, and DOL rules and regulations including the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Securities Act of 1933, as well as other state and Federal regulations and securities laws. William also serves as the Legal Advisor to Mercer Advisors’ Investment Committee. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, he most recently served as the Public Policy Counsel for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., in Washington, D.C. William drafted Amicus briefs in the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary cases in the Northern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and drafted several regulatory comment letters submitted to the DOL and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in support of investor protection issues. For seven years, he also served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School where he taught Legal Research and Writing and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he will be teaching Securities Law in Spring 2021. William has been published in several scholarly law journals across the country and his work has been cited in legal treatises and state and federal court decisions. Most recently, he was appointed to the CFP Board’s Public Policy Council. William received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa, his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree, with Honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the George Washington University Law School.


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