Stanley Nelson, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, attended one year at the University of Kansas before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 for three years, part of which was spent in the Pacific and occupying Japan. After the end of World War II, in 1946, Stanley returned to the University of Kansas to complete his undergraduate work and law school.
Stanley began his career as an attorney in 1951 when he became an associate with the law firm of Royce, Hampton, Dunham, Royce & Engleman (now Hampton & Royce, L.C.), one of the oldest law firms in Kansas, first established in 1885.
Stanley's practice formerly included insurance defense, personal injury claims, workers compensation cases, and civil trials. From 2009 until 2016, Stanley served as Special Administrative Law Judge on workers compensation cases assigned to him by the Kansas Department of Labor.
In 2016, Stanley celebrated 65 years of practice as an attorney with Hampton & Royce. Although he is technically retired, Stanley is the heart of the firm, and he provides advice to the other members of the firm and is also a mentor to new attorneys. He can often be found discussing politics and the most recent KU basketball and Kansas City Royals events.
Stanley's wife of 58 years, Rosemary, passed away in 2008. He has four sons — Steve, Jeff, Mike, and Kendal.