Harry Nelson, the Founder and Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLP, is one of the most respected healthcare lawyers in the United States. He is regularly sought out by leading healthcare and life-science institutions, as well as innovators, investors, and early-stage ventures, to advise on the most difficult issues in health regulatory strategy and compliance. Harry is also one of the most sought-after legal experts for media outlets seeking to understand the implications of our everchanging healthcare landscape.

As a result of his broad experience across three decades, Harry has become known as a problem-solver who is able to both counsel healthcare organizations on proactive strategy and manage through compliance and businesses crises. He serves as the outside general counsel for healthcare and life science organizations (including hospitals, behavioral health organizations, telehealth companies, and physician organizations) and also serves in board and expert witness. His expertise extends to healthcare and life science licensing, operational, and reimbursement risks and challenges.

Harry is the author of several healthcare policy books, including The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain (2019) From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care (2017), and a forthcoming work addressing the revolution in healthcare privacy legal issues.


Harry serves as chair of the Behavioral Health Association of Providers, an education and advocacy organization that works to advance standards and develop tools to address industry challenges. His leadership has been recognized, among other distinctions, by Behavioral Health Network Resources’ 2018 Addiction Advocacy Award. Since 2010, he appears annually on lists for Best Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers, and receives a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. The Best Lawyers in America (2021) recognized Harry for the the tenth consecutive year for his specialty in Healthcare Law, and for the first time, Harry was selected with a focus on COVID-19. The Daily Journal named Harry one of the Top Healthcare Lawyers in California in 2019. Harry also garnered the Behavioral Health Network’s Addiction Advocacy Award, the Davis Direction Foundation Award, and the CLARE | MATRIX Spirit Award in 2019.

Life Outside the Firm

Harry spends his time away from work advising nonprofits on leadership and change management. He has tried to teach his four children a love for Detroit sports teams and the University of Michigan.


University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, A.B., with high distinction

State Bar of California

State Bar of Hawaii

State Bar of Illinois

Adaptive Business Leaders (Healthcare)

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association

American Society of Addiction Medicine

California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals

California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Providers

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Provisors Healthcare Roundtable

Wexner Heritage Program


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