Fredric C. Nelson

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.

What do you focus on?

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.

What do you see on the horizon?

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.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large forest products company in a series of antitrust actions (alleging monopolization and attempted monopolization) pending in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Obtained a defense judgment in an antitrust matter involving "tying" in the steel industry.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a malpractice action brought against a major San Francisco law firm after a three-week trial involving a failed real estate development.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a two-week trial in a product liability action involving food-processing equipment.
  • Obtained a defense verdict, and multi-million dollar verdict on defendant's cross-complaint, after a four week trial involving claims by a large bank against our client alleging breach of a note and guarantee, and a related cross-claim alleging breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a four-week trial in an action alleging legal malpractice by a large San Francisco law firm in connection with financing for a large commercial office building.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a three-week trial involving product liability claims against a major manufacturer of weatherable plastic resins.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after an eight-week trial involving product liability and fraud claims brought against one of the largest forest products companies in the U.S.
  • Obtained a judgment for the defense following a three-month bench trial stemming from claims that a large chemical company had fraudulently marketed its plastic products.
  • Obtained a defense verdict following a nine-week trial involving breach of warranty, negligence, and California Business and Professional Code §17200 claims against a manufacturer of composite wood products.


Fredric C. Nelson

Senior Counsel

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8376

Fax: 866-294-4110

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

Charitable/Civic Associations

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

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