Areas of Practice
Rhonda Nelson is a Member of the firm, specializing in labor and employment.
As chair of the firm's Labor & Employment practice group, she specializes in labor and employment litigation, advice, and counseling, representing employers in a wide variety of issues arising within the employer/employee relationship. Ms. Nelson counsels employers on internal harassment and discrimination investigations and presents on-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues. Ms. Nelson also has experience litigating employment issues (with extensive experience in civil law and motion practice).
Ms. Nelson also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of ADA, evictions and habitability issues concerning bank-owned properties, creditors’ rights, receivership, attachment and bankruptcy.
Ms. Nelson is very active in a number of professional associations. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Business Law Section. She is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a former member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She has been a panelist at a number of seminars and programs organized by such associations as the Continuing Education of the Bar, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the American Bar Association.
Ms. Nelson has been voted Super Lawyer 2009-2013 in the area of Employment & Labor; Rated AV Preeminent 1997 – 2014 and selected for edition of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers,™ 2013.
Ms. Nelson’s primary areas of legal practice include:
Labor and employment, advice and counsel and litigation.
Labor and Employment Litigation: Representing employers in a wide variety of issues arising within the employer/employee relationship. Significant experience litigating employment issues with extensive experience in civil law and motion practice. Defense of the full range of state and federal employment law actions, including claims of discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation and invasion of privacy and other employment-related matters. Participation as lead counsel in arbitrations, mediations and at trial. Extensive experience in civil law and motion practices.
Labor & Employment Advice and Counseling: Ms. Nelson counsels employers on internal harassment and discrimination investigations and presents on-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues. Counseling and representation of employers on numerous facets of the employer/employee relationship, including employment policies and procedures, wage and hour matters, harassment, complaint investigation, family leave and pregnancy, employee discipline, and termination.
Employment Training: Preparation and presentation of seminars and training sessions to both managerial and line employees on a wide range of employment matters including harassment and discrimination, sensitivity issues, loss prevention techniques, and the employer’s role in litigation management.
Employment History: Member, Severson & Werson since 1999, Joined the firm in 1998.
Managing Partner, Lofton, De Lancie & Nelson, 1994-1998.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1977). University of Southern California (M.P.A., Judicial Administration,1980). University of California, Los Angeles (J.D., 1984).
Admitted to practice: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1985; United States District Court – Central District of California, 1984; United States District Court – Northern District of California, 1987; United States District Court – Southern District of California, 1987; United States District Court – Eastern District of California, 1987.
Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association — Section of Labor and Employment Law — Section of Business Law Section; State Bar of California — Labor and Employment Section; Bar Association of San Francisco — Labor and Employment Law — Judiciary Committee.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented “Lawyering 101: Tips and Tactics for Negotiation & Mediation” with Regina McClendon and The Honorable Elaine Rushing (ret.) at the Bar Association of San Francisco Continuing Legal Education Seminar, San Francisco, CA.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented: "Identifying and Addressing Bias Against Women and People of Color in the Legal Profession" with Harold R. Jones at the 53rd Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented, “Dukes v. Wal-Mart” Panacea or Magnet for More Creative Plaintiffs” with Shanthi V. Gaur and Nicolle N. Muehr at MCCA 11th Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, IL.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented, “Pulling the Curtain Back on Jury Selection – An Interactive Seminar” with Jean Hyams, Esq., Marvin Krakow, Esq., Timothy Murphy, Esq., Donna Ritter, Esq., Sonia Chopra, Ph.D., and A. Marisea Rivera at California Employment Lawyers Association, Oakland, CA.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented, “The Impact of Social Media on Labor & Employment Practices; Drafting Considerations for Your Company’s Policy” with Linda D. Walton, Henry C. Fong, Ronetta J. Francis, and Sheila Wilson-Freelon at MCCA 9th Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, IL.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented "Elimination of Bias" with Tracy K. Merwise at the 49th Annual Association of Defense Counsel Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented, “Employment Law Case Update” with Kristine Kwong, Natasha M. Price, and April M. Ramsey at MCCA 8th Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, IL.
Rhonda Nelson co-presented "How To Handle Leave and Reasonable Accommodation Issues: A Training For Managers" with Tracy K. Merwise, Dearborn, MI.