Robert S. Nelson

Robert S. Nelson

San Francisco, California

The Nelson Law Group was founded by Robert S. Nelson, who learned the practice of law in some of the best-known labor and employment firms in the country. The firm prides itself on providing big firm expertise at small firm costs.

Mr. Nelson is an adjunct professor of employment law at Stanford Law School. He has also written numerous articles that have appeared in legal and trade publications, the California Chamber of Commerce newsletter, and various law journals.

We offer the following specific services to our clients:

For employers:

  • Advice and counseling
  • Drafting, reviewing and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Drafting and/or reviewing employment or partnership agreements, release and settlement agreements, and arbitration agreements
  • Management training (including mandatory sex harassment training)
  • Litigation defense
  • Defense against administrative claims (e.g., Labor Commissioner complaints, OSHA citations, etc.)

For employees:

  • Advice and counseling
  • Contract review and revisions
  • Negotiating release and/or settlement agreements
  • Litigation representation

Areas of Practice

  • Contracts
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. cum laude - 2002
  • Duke University
    • B.A. - 1995

Published Works

  • "Howard Stern's Lessons for Lame Duck Employees", California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, April, 2006
  • "Policymakers, Take Note: The Force is with Workplace Bloggers", Daily Journal, March, 2006
  • "The Theory of the Waiver Scale: An Argument Why Parents Should be Able to Waive Their Children's Tort Liability Claims", 36 U.S.F.L. Rev. 535, 2002
  • "Unraveling the Trademark Rope: Tarnishment and Its Proper Place in the Laws of Unfair Competition", 42 I.D.E.A. 133, 2002


  • Stanford Law School, Adjunct Professor, Employment Law