Nate Kelly

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in San Francisco, California

Law Offices of Nate Kelly
Nate Kelly
Law Offices of Nate Kelly

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Business Litigation, Securities & Corporate Finance; view more

Licensed in California since: 2009

Education: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Russian, Spanish

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
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Law Offices of Nate Kelly

201 Spear St
Ste 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105 Visit website


The founder of Law Offices of Nate Kelly, with offices in San Francisco and Beverly Hills, California, attorney Nate Kelly has been practicing in California since 2009. Focusing his practice mainly on business law, he covers aspects including:

  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Corporate organization and finance
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Employment law
  • Regulatory compliance and risk management
  • Litigation

Dedicating his practice to the welfare of his clients, Mr. Kelly strives to empower them so that they can make informed decisions on their own. In addition to providing general counsel and managing the USC Legal Network, he is also an experienced negotiator and knowledgeable adviser in his field of practice.

Mr. Kelly is a 2005 cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he obtained the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate. In 2008, he went on to secure his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles. At law school, he was the recipient of the merit scholarship and the American Jurisprudence Award.

Rated 10/10 on Avvo, Mr. Kelly has received several honors for his commitment to work and client service. He handles a case holistically, viewing it from all sides of human and economic perspectives. He also maintains close relationships with a wide network of professionals who can help him and his clients through complex circumstances. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of California and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Securities & Corporate Finance, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Intellectual Property Law, Limited Liability Companies, Non-Compete Agreements, Partnership, Patents, Securities Law, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Trade Secret, Trademarks

  • 30% Business/Corporate
  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 20% Securities & Corporate Finance
  • 10% Intellectual Property
  • 10% Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10% Securities Litigation

First Admitted: 2009, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Supreme Court of California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010
  • Member of the California Bar; in continuous good standing since becoming a member in January of 2009. , 2022
  • Vice-Chair; The Bar Association of San Francisco's delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations; California’s most influential legislation-writing organization. , 2018
  • San Francisco Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Member. , 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of Maryland at College Park, B.A., Honors: cum laude, Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Honors: Dean’s Scholar, Major: Government and Politics - 2005
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Nate Kelly has been awarded as a Rising Start in the Northern California legal community each year since 2016. , Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Nate Kelly has been awarded as a Rising Start in the Southern California legal community each year since 2016. , Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, University of Southern California, 2005
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate: College of Behavior and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, 2005
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Negotiated $30M Investment / Ownership Restructuring. , 2022
  • Negotiated and drafted investment, collaboration, and licensing agreement with international superstars, The Chainsmokers; See, Futuremood Launches Sunglasses with The Chainsmokers., 2022
  • Negotiated and drafted collaboration and licensing agreement with international superstar Lil Yachty. See, Forbes: Lil Yachty Latest Investor in Futuremood., 2021
  • All contractual agreements necessary for the organization, management, and purchase of 3,300 acre property in Humboldt California; currently permit pending for cannabis cultivation. , 2016
  • Negotiated and completed Franchisee agreement to take Menchies to Dubai and Qatar. , 2011
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recognized as a Northern California Rising Star by San Francisco Magazine., 2022
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in the Southern California legal community by Los Angeles Magazine. , 2022
Representative Clients:
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Obtained monetary judgment against Board of Directors in Derivate Action stemming from the failing of a private company; representing group of 16 plaintiffs. , 2022
  • Settled breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by clients against co-investor stemming from a failed hostile takeover. , 2021
  • Settled Breach of Contract Complaint on behalf of renewable energy developer. , 2020
  • Successfully fended off Patent Infringement and Copyright claims against client made by Allbirds relating to the launch of a bamboo shoe on Kickstarter. , 2019
  • Settled breach of contract case re stock options; brought by former contractor for startup following the sale of Company. , 2018
  • Seven figure settlement on behalf of data company stemming from breach of contract with "unicorn" startup. , 2017
  • Settlement in Patent Portfolio Dispute on behalf of business broker. , 2018
  • Defended Top Shelf Beverages against claims that their trademark, Clearly Kombucha, infringed upon the mark, Clearly Canadian. Won partial summary judgment and achieved excellent settlement for client. , 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Startups
  • Technology

Office location for Nate Kelly

201 Spear St
Ste 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-872-1854


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

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