Nathaniel handles complex matters in trial and appellate courts across the country involving commercial litigation, product liability, constitutional law, and consumer class-action defense. His experience extends to all aspects of litigation, including pleadings and pleading attacks, discovery, dispositive motions, oppositions to class certification, and trial. Among many other matters, he has defended multiple lawsuits against major automobile manufacturers alleging product defects, breach of warranty, and violation of consumer protection laws.
Nathaniel also specializes in all aspects of appellate litigation in state and federal courts, 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 regularly argues in the California Courts of Appeal and has been the principal author of many briefs filed in California appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Courts of California and Nevada.
Nathaniel was on the legal team that, in 2014, persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court not to find personal jurisdiction over a major foreign automobile manufacturer based on the state contacts of its U.S. subsidiary. Since then, he has drawn on his keen understanding of this complicated aspect of civil procedure to advise his foreign and domestic clients on best practices for doing business in the U.S. and across state lines. He regularly prepares, argues, and wins, in courts across the country, motions to dismiss claims against his clients for lack of personal jurisdiction.