Harry Nelson is the Founder and Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLP, the largest healthcare and life sciences specialty law firm in Los Angeles.  Harry is the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain, published by Forbes in March 2019, which received critical praise for changing the crisis-related conversation from spectacle to solutions. The book grew out of Harry’s work in opioid overdose and other crisis response in behavioral health. In 2017, Harry co-authored From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care, an exploration of U.S. health policy past, present, and future aimed at moving beyond rhetoric and hand-wringing to bipartisan dialogue.

Healthcare Leader

Like his books, Harry’s work as an advisor focuses on practical solutions to problems at the intersection of healthcare transformation and regulatory and reimbursement compliance and strategy. While his experience has extended into virtually every facet of healthcare facilities and life science organizations, his work in recent years has emphasized digital and behavioral health, retail medical models, and emerging therapeutics including cannabis and biologic products.

He has earned a reputation nationally as a thought leader addressing industry challenges both tactically and strategically, helping leaders and organizations think through how to respond both proactively, in response to crisis, and in taking corrective action to remediate problems. California and federal regulators confer with him in addressing difficult problems, reflecting his reputation as an honest and thoughtful voice on healthcare problems nationally. In 2016, Harry was asked to serve on a California committee to address medical device risk issues, and, since 2017, he has taught courses for state licensing board experts.

The Future of U.S. Healthcare

In addition to his law practice, Harry frequently serves as a keynote speaker on issues related to leadership, the healthcare future, solving industry problems. He also serves as an expert witness on industry custom and practice and compliance standards related to data privacy and security, corporate practice of medicine, and other areas of healthcare and life science innovation.


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 (2024) recognized Harry for the 13th consecutive year for his specialty in Healthcare Law as well as Administrative/Regulatory Law, and he has been noted for his focus on COVID-19 since 2021. 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.

You can follow Harry’s take on timely healthcare issues on Twitter  @nelsonh. His most recent work can be found at www.harrynelson.com


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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