Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt | Denver | Hogan Lovells

Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt

Senior Associate Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


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Nesbitt Nathaniel

Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt
Nesbitt Nathaniel
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Nate Nesbitt is an experienced litigator based in Denver. He provides strategic, business-focused counsel to clients across a range of industries in complex civil litigation, government investigations, and enforcement actions.

Nate represents clients in the automotive, energy, health care, education, pharmaceutical, technology, and financial services industries in all stages of litigation and pre-litigation disputes. His experience includes defending class actions for leading automotive manufacturers, counseling pharmaceutical and healthcare companies on product liability and false claims issues, and helping both public and private entities navigate sensitive internal and government investigations while minimizing business and reputational risk. 

Many of the matters he handles are multijurisdictional or cross-border and implicate a variety of complex cultural, legal, and regulatory issues. Such investigations have involved the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and U.S. export control and sanctions laws. Nate also represents individuals in civil and criminal matters, including civil and human rights cases and post-conviction appeals.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Nate served as a law clerk to 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.  

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.

Defended clinical testing lab in DOJ investigation involving allegations of false claims, negotiating settlement of FCA allegations and avoiding criminal charges. 

Conducted FCPA due diligence and compliance review for significant public company acquisition in India and Sri Lanka. 

Counsel to global telecommunications company with issues arising from export controls settlement agreements with the U.S. government and corporate compliance monitorship.

Defended Chinese technology company in sensitive, high-stakes litigation involving alleged misconduct of its founder and CEO.

Defended a 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.

Defended commercial real estate developer in dispute regarding development of property in downtown Denver.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2011
  • B.A., New York University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005
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. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates