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Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt

Senior Associate

Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt
English, Spanish
Practice Group

Nate Nesbitt is a litigator based in Denver. He helps clients understand and manage risk, solve problems, and win in court.

Nate's practice focuses on complex civil litigation and government investigations. He represents individuals and institutional clients across a range of industries, including the energy, healthcare, automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services, and food industries.

His practice includes defending class actions for leading automotive manufacturers, counseling pharmaceutical and healthcare companies on product liability and fraud issues, and helping organizations in various industries navigate both internal and government investigations. Nate also represents individuals in civil matters, including civil and human rights cases and post-conviction appeals.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Nate clerked for the Honorable John R. Tunheim of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In law school, Nate was an articles editor of the Minnesota Law Review and a legal writing instructor. Prior to law school, Nate managed a ski shop in Breckenridge, Colorado, and worked as a paralegal on sovereign debt litigation.

Representative experience

Briefed, argued, and won appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit involving claims under the Indian Self Determination Act.

Briefed, argued, and won appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit involving ineffective-assistance claim in international drug-trafficking and narco-terrorism case.

Briefed, argued, and won summary judgment opposition in a federal race discrimination case.

Successfully briefed post-conviction appeal of a jury verdict rendered pursuant to an unconstitutional jury instruction.

Assisted national product liability counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in successfully defending various claims related to a voluntary market withdrawal.

Assisted national product liability counsel to one of the largest providers of allografts in the country.

Represented natural gas exploration and production company in one of the nation's first hydraulic fracturing cases.

Represent victims of trafficking and forced labor in civil actions under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Counseled a federally recognized Indian tribe on ISDA funding issues.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Minnesota Law School, 2011
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, New York University, 2005


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Criminalizing Cartels: A Global Trend?

Research Handbook on Comparative Competition Law

Published Works

The Role of the United States Supreme Court in Interpreting and Developing Humanitarian Law

95 Minn. L. Rev. 1339

Published Works

The Role of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Interpreting and Developing Humanitarian Law

24 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 115

Published Works

Meeting Boumediene's Challenge: The Emergence of an Effective Habeas Jurisprudence and Obsolescence of New Detention Legislation

95 Minn. L. Rev. 244

Published Works

Do Norms Reduce Torture?

38 J. Legal Stud. 445
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