Robert S. Nelson

Top rated employment & labor attorney in San Francisco, California

Nelson Law Group
Robert S. Nelson
Nelson Law Group

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2002

Education: University of San Francisco School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

Nelson Law Group

345 West Portal Avenue
Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94127 Visit website


Attorney Robert S. Nelson is the founder of the Nelson Law Group in San Francisco, California. Serving clients throughout the peninsula and all points south, Mr. Nelson focuses his practice on employment law for employees and employers alike, and he has achieved notable success representing the rights and interests of those who have complex, challenging and pressing legal issues involving any of the following:

  • Workplace discrimination, including age, disability, pregnancy, gender and race discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Leave and FMLA issues
  • Retaliation and wrongful termination
  • Whistleblower/qui tam cases
  • Overtime and wage issues
  • Unfair business practices
  • Contractor vs. employee disputes
  • Employment agreements
  • Handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Severance agreements
  • Ongoing employment law counseling, training and advice
  • Litigation and administrative claims defense

 A 1995 graduate of Duke University, Mr. Nelson attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2002. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and Mr. Nelson honed his legal skills at some of the area's most prominent labor and employment law firms before establishing his own private practice.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Nelson has earned a reputation as a highly competent, effective attorney who provides invaluable advice and counseling while aggressively pursuing the most favorable outcomes for his clients either through negotiation or litigation when necessary. Widely regarded as a leader in his field, he has numerous publications to his credit, and he serves on the adjunct legal faculty at Stanford Law School.

Recognized for his success and outstanding professionalism, Mr. Nelson has received numerous awards and accolades from his peers, as well as many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Unions, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Labor law, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer

  • 50% Employment & labor: employee
  • 50% Employment litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2002, California

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • Duke University, B.A., 1995
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California, 2002
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Employment law professor, Stanford Law School, Adjunct professor, employment law, 2011
  • "Unraveling the Trademark Rope: Tarnishment and Its Proper Place in the Laws of Unfair Competition", 42 I.D.E.A. 133, 2002
  • "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
  • "Policymakers, Take Note: The Force is with Workplace Bloggers", Daily Journal, March, 2006
  • "Howard Stern's Lessons for Lame Duck Employees", California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, April, 2006

Office location for Robert S. Nelson

345 West Portal Avenue
Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94127

Phone: 415-689-6590


11 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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