Fred Nelson is a trial attorney who counsels and represents clients in complex commercial disputes and antitrust litigation in numerous state and federal court venues. Fred is the co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust team.
In the area of antitrust, I focus on the defense of claims arising under the Sherman Act and under the California Cartwright Act. I am currently representing Carfax in New York federal district court litigation alleging monopolization and attempted monopolization of the purported U.S. market for vehicle history reports. I recently represented one of the largest forest products companies in the world in the defense of Sherman Act Section 2 monopoly and attempted monopoly claims.
My work also includes complex commercial litigation with experience in many industries including steel, chemical manufacturing, forest products and real estate. I recently represented one of the largest privately owned pest control companies in the world in the successful defense of a class action alleging marketing fraud.
I see heightened scrutiny by the Department of Justice with respect to price fixing and alleged cartel activity. This warrants increased vigilance and audits to manage its risk of potential civil and criminal liability.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., (Managing Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 1969-1970)
Dickinson College, B.A.
U.S. Supreme Court
Fredric was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the field of Litigation—Antitrust. Fredric has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2013.
Fred is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine for consecutive years since 2004. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey. He was also recognized as a local litigation star in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation (as well as in prior years), the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Bar Association of San Francisco
Past President of The Guardsmen (a non-profit charitable organization benefiting Northern California youth)
Past President of the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club
Former Director, S.H. Cowell Foundation
Regent of the University of the Pacific
Trustee, Rumsey Hall School, Washington Depot, CT
Formerly General Counsel, member of the Executive Committee, and Treasurer, United States Golf Association
Director, Herbst Foundation