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About Nelson Hardiman, LLP

Since its founding nearly two decades ago, Nelson Hardiman has become a name in health care law. Although based in California, the firm’s scope is nationwide as is its clientele. Today, the firm represents nearly every segment of the health care and life sciences industries, including ancillary providers, behavioral health care providers, cannabis businesses, health technology, health care facilities, health care professionals, life sciences companies, and more.

Health Law Gurus

Nelson Hardiman was founded in the City of Angels in 2001 by Harry Nelson. The firm’s four core areas of focus are government investigations, litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Its lawyers are experienced in handling government investigations and regulatory matters relating to the health care industry, including matters relating to DEA compliance, fraud, investigations by the FDA, and HIPPA compliance. The firm and its lawyers have been recognized by such publications as The Legal 500, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America, Southern California Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation for their work in health care law.

Nelson Hardiman attorneys have represented all levels of clients in the health care industry on a range of litigation matters. The firm’s work includes handling issues relating to the False Claims Act, fraud, licensing, and other issues. The firm is on top of the ever-changing regulatory landscape as it relates to the health care industry and aims to provide ongoing counsel to clients in that regard.

The firm has also provided counsel in health-related transactional and compliance matters, including corporate finance, distressed financing, M&A, new ventures, strategic affiliations, and private equity. Its work has included developing a 50-state post-acquisition regulatory filing plan for a client; serving as Chief Restructuring Officer in a hospital’s Chapter 11 proceeding; and advising on Clayton Act and Sherman Act merger cases.

One for All

At Nelson Hardiman, “diversity” isn’t merely a buzz word—something that comes through clearly in its associates’ survey responses. The firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets every month. Firm attorneys participate in a variety of diversity-related professional organizations. And the firm aims to provide resources such as mentoring, training, and flexible work schedules to meet the unique needs of each attorney.

News & Awards


July 2019

Nelson Hardiman was named the No. 6 Law Firm for Minority Equity Partners by Law360. Nelson Hardiman’s commitment to minority attorneys has resulted in numerous awards and recognition.

June 2019

The Legal 500 recommended Nelson Hardiman as one of the top healthcare law firms in the country. In the category Healthcare: Service Providers, The Legal 500 writes, “Of particular note is the firm’s expertise in regulatory and FCA litigation.” According to the firm, Nelson Hardiman was by far the smallest firm recognized and only one of two firms on the list with fewer than 285 attorneys. The firm shares, “We are small but pack a mighty punch.”

May 2019

Nelson Hardiman advised on the $235 million sale of two Verity Health System Hospitals. The firm served as lead regulatory counsel for the sale of the two hospitals—the 358-bed O’Connor Hospital and the 93-bed Saint Louise Regional Hospital—to Santa Clara County. The firm represents the biggest clients in the most sophisticated matters.

November 2018

Nelson Hardiman is the largest health care law firm in Los Angeles and the second largest group of healthcare attorneys in California, per the firm. Rapid growth led the firm to move into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art, Westwood office last year.

Why Work Here

Nelson Hardiman is the smallest firm - by a wide margin - to be recommended by the leading national search directory, The Legal 500, in the Healthcare Service Providers category. In other words, we punch far above our weight! The Legal 500 noted our expertise in False Claims Act litigation, pharmacy deals, hospital licensing and regulatory matters, and cannabis. But those practice areas are merely the tip of the iceberg. Nelson Hardiman is the place to be for cutting-edge healthcare and life sciences transactions, litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Nelson Hardiman, LLP

11835 W. Olympic Blvd.
9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 203-2800


Founder and Co-Managing Partner: Harry Nelson
Co-Managing Partner: Stacie K. Neroni
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1 - 50

Base Salary

*The firm does not disclose salary information.

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
The firm does not offer a summer associate program.

Employment Contact

Gina Martin
Executive Director
(310) 203-2800

Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA

Major Departments