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Rhonda L. Nelson

Rhonda Nelson employment litigation

Rhonda L. Nelson is a Firm Shareholder and Severson & Werson’s Employment Practice Group Chairperson, as well as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Navigating and complying with the technical and complicated employment laws in California is downright challenging. Rhonda helps employers find cost-effective solutions to day-to-day employment problems to reduce the risk of litigation.

Sometimes, however, litigation is unavoidable. In those circumstances, Rhonda is an aggressive litigator who will help clients make an early assessment of the risks and exposure in the case to find the best possible resolution ranging from early settlement to, if necessary, trial.

Rhonda specializes in employment litigation, advice and counseling, and representing employers in a wide variety of issues arising within the employer/employee relationship. Rhonda counsels employers on internal harassment and discrimination investigations and presents on-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment, disability accommodation, medical leaves, wage and hour compliance, and related issues. Rhonda also has experience litigating employment claims (including class actions).

Rhonda 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. Rhonda is also on the board of the Northern California Employment Law Roundtable and was a recent speaker for the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) MCLE program: “Litigating Race Discrimination”.    

Rhonda is actively involved in the community and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including, Equal Rights Advocates, Julia Morgan School for Girls, San Francisco Girls Chorus and East Bay Rowing Club.

Rhonda has been voted Super Lawyer 2009-2022 in the area of Employment & Labor; Rated AV Preeminent 1997 – 2022 and selected for an edition of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers,™ 2013-2022.



  • UCLA Law School, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, Master of Public Administration, Emphasis Judicial Administration
  • University of California Los Angeles, B.A. Sociology


  • California


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