TIM NELSON


Class and Representative Actions Life Outside the Law

Practice Overview

Tim has been practicing law in California for over 10 years with an emphasis on employment law, class and representative actions, and complex litigation. He has experience representing clients through all phases of litigation, including class certification, trials, and appeals. His current practice focuses on wage and hour class and collective actions, single-plaintiff litigation, and representative actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Tim takes pride in finding the most cost-effective path to victory for his clients.

Employment Law Experience

Before joining Medina McKelvey, Tim worked at two prominent national law firms, Kaye Scholer LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has represented some of the nation’s largest employers in all phases of litigation on high-stakes cases, including wage and hour cases brought under both federal and state law, discrimination cases, harassment cases, and retaliation cases. Tim has defended employers in federal court, state court, arbitration, before the California Labor Commissioner, and in investigations conducted by the Economic Development Department (EDD). He has advised employers on all types of employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, termination, leave issues, lawsuit prevention, and employment policies. He has authored blogs on employment topics, provided training to employers, and spoken on employment law topics.

Class and Representative Actions

Tim’s focus is defending clients against class and representative actions. One of the first cases that Tim worked on was a nationwide anti-trust class action. From that moment, Tim found his calling as a class action litigator. Tim has represented clients on both sides of class and representative action litigation. His significant experience allows him to advise his clients on the most efficient and effective way to defend against a class or representative action.

Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Defense

For most of his career Tim has been on the front line defending employers against PAGA lawsuits and he has significant experience litigating and resolving these actions. He has litigated dozens of these cases and is familiar with how attorneys for plaintiffs and judges view these cases. He can quickly evaluate PAGA claims and provide guidance to employers on ways to efficiently defend, resolve, and prevent these extortion-style lawsuits.

Industry Experience

Tim had defended a wide variety of different employers against employment claims in California, including technology giants, retailers, service providers, transportation companies, manufacturers, healthcare providers, agricultural companies, telecommunications companies, and staffing companies. Tim prides himself in understanding each client’s business and offering solutions that are best suited for the particular needs of the client. Tim learns businesses quickly and understands how employment laws and lawsuits impact the bottom line. Tim works efficiently to develop the most economical and common sense solution for his clients.

Strong Credentials

Tim graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. He served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review and also a managing editor of UCLA’s Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, where he was involved in the campus-wide Honors Program.

Life Outside the Law

Tim loves spending time with his wife of more than 10 years and his son and daughter. He helps coach his son’s Little League team and is involved in his children’s school. When Tim is not spending time with his family, he enjoys watching baseball, playing soccer, and playing table tennis.

Giving Back

Tim is very active in his community and loves to give back. He has helped organize annual days of community service in several local communities and loves to participate in service projects with his family. He has done pro bono work for the Placer Food Bank and is committed to use his legal skills to benefit his community.