Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt

Nathaniel (Nate) H. Nesbitt

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 303 454 2538

Fax +1 303 899 7333

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

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, health care, 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 and criminal 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.

Awards and recognitions


Commercial Litigation, Ones to Watch
The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


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


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Colorado Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


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

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.

Represented commercial real estate developer in a dispute regarding the development of property in downtown Denver.

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Criminalizing Cartels: A Global Trend? Research Handbook on Comparative Competition Law

Hogan Lovells Publications

USA: Supreme Court Reins in the Jurisdictional Reach of U.S. Courts over Foreign and Out-of-State Corporations Class Actions Bulletin

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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