Harry Nelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Nelson Hardiman, LLP
 | 11835 W. Olympic Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-203-2800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (80%),
  • Administrative Law (10%),
  • Food and Drugs (10%)
Attorney Profile

Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman, a healthcare specialty firm which is annually ranked among the best regulatory and administrative law firms in Southern California by U.S. News & World Report. A consummate leader at the intersection of law and business, Harry is an entrepreneur who has launched five healthcare related companies in the last decade. Deeply immersed in an industry at the forefront of change, innovation and consolidation; he is frequently asked to speak on cutting edge issues impacting healthcare, such as technology and the future of the industry itself.

Proactively tackling timely healthcare issues, Harry is the co-author of the recently released book, “From Obamacare to Trumpcare: Why You Should Care.” This new book offers a comprehensive survey of healthcare policy leading up to the Affordable Care Act, examines its strengths and weaknesses, and portends the direction the Trump administration and the Republican led Congress will take healthcare policy. It provides an unbiased assessment of the potential impact this historical policy transition will have on patients and practitioners. Harry’s thought leadership around the future of the healthcare and life sciences industry has also driven many next-generation healthcare ideas and initiatives to realization, including telehealth and other modalities of digital health and behavioral health.

For more than two decades, Harry has been a problem-solver for the healthcare industry, focused on regulatory and reimbursement challenges and strategy, including fraud and abuse, clinical safety, and data security. He has developed highly relevant resources to facilitate compliance, including the development of programs for hundreds of healthcare businesses. He also has extensive experience defending government investigations and enforcement actions, and has forged strong relationships with regulators across many healthcare sectors. In the broader community, Harry speaks on leadership and board governance issues, and has worked with nonprofits on their organizational development and strategy.

Follow Harry on Twitter @nelsonh. His most recent ideas can be found at www.harrynelson.com.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Health Care (80%): Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law

Administrative Law (10%): Licensing

Food and Drugs (10%): Food & Drug Administration

Focus Areas

Health Care: Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law

Administrative Law: Licensing

Food and Drugs: Food & Drug Administration


Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2017

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About Harry Nelson

Admitted 2002, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.nelsonhardiman.com/attorney/harry-nelson/

Honors and Awards:

  • Wexner Foundation leadership program, Wexner Heritage Fellowship, Wexner Foundation, 2005
  • Awarded for Academic Achievement, James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, 1990
  • Best Lawyers in America (2011-present)
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Healthcare law (2010-present)
  • AV Preeminent (Martindale Hubbell), 2010-present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Michigan (1993-2003)
  • Licensed to Practice Law in Hawaii (1994-present)
  • Licensed to Practice Law in Illinois (1994-present)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Alumnus, Wexner Heritage Program, (2005-2007)
  • Host, Provisors Healthcare Roundtable, (2011-present)
  • Co-Chair, Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, University of Michigan
  • Contributing Editor, University of Michigan Law Review
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Harold M. Fong (dec.), United States District Court, District of Hawaii
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (1996-2002)
  • California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Providers
  • American Bar Association, Healthcare Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Healthcare Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Providers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Director, Chair of Strategic Planning and Development, LimmudLA, 2008
  • Counseled non-profit healthcare entity (hospice organization) on corporate dissolution, 2004
  • Founding director and chair of strategic planning and development for non-profit organization
  • Director, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy; Chair, Strategic and Long Range Planning

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The American healthcare system is broken. We rank dead last among advanced industrialized countries in terms of healthcare cost, quality, and access to routine care. The 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, tried to reform U.S. healthcare, sparking a divisive, seven-year political battle. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the retention of Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, portend major changes for U.S. healthcare, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. What changes are ahead? Will millions of newly insured people become uninsured again? Will President Trump improve healthcare affordability? In their new book, healthcare thought leaders Harry Nelson and Rob Fuller take on the big questions about healthcare on many people's minds not just what the repeal of ObamaCare will mean for patients and the healthcare industry, but what its replacement TrumpCare will look like. What will the future hold for U.S. healthcare? What can we expect and what can we do to tackle healthcare challenges?Nelson and Fuller get to the heart of the long-term challenges facing U.S. healthcare, the legacy of ObamaCare, and what to expect for healthcare under President Trump. Readers will come away with a more nuanced and comprehensive sense of the challenges and tensions facing reform of U.S. healthcare, and how they are likely to play out in practical terms.Chapter Overview: 1-Setting the Scene: What s Broken in U.S. Healthcare?2-The Strange, Wonkish Road to Obamacare 3-The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Obamacare Implementation 4-A Better Way? The Republican Plan for U.S. Healthcare5-The Trump Wild Card 6-Envisioning TrumpCare7-This is Real: Implications for Patients 8-Unprepared? Implications for the Healthcare Industry 9-How TrumpCare intersects with Broader Forces of Healthcare Transformation10-Big Questions Ahead-Where Do We Go From Here?, Author, From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care, Healthcare, 2017
  • Case studies of the intersection of business and legal imperatives in health care cases.  Case studies included "balance billing" and the issue of noncontracted hospitals and physicians, marketing of off label uses of drugs and devices, and Stark/Anti-Kickback issues in physician practice., Guest Instructor, Interactions of Legal and Business Imperatives: Health Care Perspectives, Boalt Hall, University of California Berkeley School of Law, 2009
  • Overview of the essential patient-physician contracts and ethical constraints, practical issues, and trends in patient-physician contracting, Speaker, Get It In Writing: What Every Physician's Attorney Needs to Know About Patient-Physician Contracts, American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Law Institute, 2009
  • Lecture on interplay between federal and California state law on medical records privacy, including enforcement history and anticipated trends in light of new California law, Speaker, "California Confidential: Understanding HIPAA and the CMIA", Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2007
  • Lecture at Annual Meeting of California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Providers, Speaker, Medicare Recovery Audits: Trends and Tactics, California Academy Of Attorneys For Healthcare Providers, 2007
  • 7 Steps to Navigate Payment Allocation Under ACOs Becker's Hospital Review
  • Changes Ahead for California: ADP, Medi-cal, and fees Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly
  • “10 Essentials for Survival in Private Practice Medicine”, co-authored with Jerome French (2013)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • San Joaquin Community Hospital v. PacifiCare, 2003 WL 122780 (2003)
  • Sahlolbei v Providence Healthcare, Inc., 112 Cal. App.4th 1137 (2003)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Certificate of Recognition from State of Hawaii Department of Justice for teaching brief writing for federal courts class for attorneys in Hawaii Department of Justice, 1994


Educational Background:

  • A.B., University of Michigan (Philosophy/Political Science) with High Distinction, 1990

Industry Groups

  • Behavioral Health
  • Drugs And Devices
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Long Term Care
  • Physician Organizations
  • Office Location for Harry Nelson

    11835 W. Olympic Blvd.
    9th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Phone: 310-203-2800


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