Nathaniel’s practice focuses on civil appeals and writs in state and federal courts. He is responsible for all aspects of appellate litigation, including assessment of issues on appeal, drafting appellate briefs and motions, oral argument and partnering with trial counsel to preserve issues for appellate review. He has argued successfully before the California Court of Appeal, and has been the principal author of briefs filed with several California appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Courts of California and Nevada.

    Nathaniel defends class action claims asserted against large consumer-product manufacturers for property damage and personal injury in both federal and state courts. His experience extends to all aspects of litigation, including pleadings and pleading attacks, dispositive motions, motions for class certification and trial. Nathaniel has defended multiple class actions against a major automobile manufacturer alleging product defects and violations of consumer protection laws, and has defended a leading plumbing-products manufacturer in construction defect class actions.

    He also advises corporate clients on a broad range of issues, including foreign defendants’ challenges to personal jurisdiction of US courts and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    Since 2015, Nathaniel has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, a distinction honoring the top up-and-coming lawyers in the region.

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    • Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Castellini Co. LLC, No. CIV236710 (Ventura Super. Ct., May 12, 2015) (successful defense for National Fire Insurance Company of post-trial motions in multimillion-dollar contract dispute with another insurer).
    • Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) (foreign corporation not subject to general personal jurisdiction based on subsidiary’s forum contacts; clarifying the standard for general jurisdiction).
    • Viega GmbH v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 328 P.3d 1152 (Nev. 2014) (trial court’s imputation of US subsidiaries’ jurisdictional contacts to foreign parents was improper and warranted writ relief).
    • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. The Best Service Co., 232 Cal. App. 4th 650 (2014) (order denying motion to stay lawsuit pending arbitration is not an appealable order).
    • Young v. Daimler AG, 228 Cal. App. 4th 855 (2014) (foreign manufacturer not subject to personal jurisdiction in California).
    • Cholakyan v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 281 F.R.D. 534 (C.D. Cal. 2012) (denying class certification in “concealed defect” case; precluding expert declaration on Daubert grounds).
    • Kas v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, No. 11-1032, Dkt. 298 (C.D. Cal. June 11, 2012) (dismissing putative class action with prejudice, after standing attacks and class certification opposition filed).

    Education

    • New York University, J.D.
    • Dartmouth College, B.A.

    Admissions

    • California

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • State Bar of California
    • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
    • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, a distinction honoring the top up-and-coming lawyers in the region (2015-2018)
    • Recipient of State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services (2010)
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