Address 275 Battery Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone 415.288.9800
Fax 415.288.9801
Asbestos Fax 415.288.9802
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Practice Areas

Toxic Tort Litigation

Asbestos Litigation

General Civil Litigation


University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, J.D.

University of California Davis, B.A.

Bar Admissions

California 1986
Northern District of Ca 2009
Southern District of Ca 2009
Eastern District of Ca 1986

Mr. Nelder has over 25 years of litigation experience representing a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premise owners in tort actions. He has tried or assisted in excess of 20 jury trials to verdict in San Francisco, Alameda, Los Angeles and San Diego Superior Courts, and has deposed hundreds of plaintiffs and product identification witnesses in toxic tort, asbestos and other product liability cases. Mr. Nelder has presented argument before the California Court of Appeal, prepared and argued law and motion matters in multiple jurisdictions, as well as secured favorable resolutions and dismissals for multiple clients in his practice group.

Trial Experience

James Prough v. Allis Chalmers Corp., Los Angeles, California, 2009. This personal injury matter was tried in the Los Angeles Superior Court and involved a 73-year-old field engineer who developed mesothelioma. He claimed asbestos exposure from defendant’s crocidolite products while repairs and new equipment were installed for pulp and paper mill digesting equipment in the 1964-1975 era. After a three-week trial the jury returned a defense verdict. The jurors found that defendant was not a substantial factor in the development of plaintiff’s illness and a claim of punitive damages was rejected.

Larry Lindquist v. Alfa Laval, Los Angeles, California, 2009. This case involved a personal injury mesothelioma action brought by a 69-year-old U.S. machinist mate who served aboard various U.S. Navy vessels from 1956 to 1959. Despite positive identification related to the defendants packing and gasket products, the jury returned a defense verdict after a three week trial. The jury found no liability, no negligence and a lack of malice against the defendant.

Amanholah Shahabi v. A.W. Chesterton Co., Los Angeles, California, 2008. This personal injury mesothelioma matter involved a 75-year-old retired maintenance supervisor and engineer who worked at the Abadan and Tehran Oil Refineries in Iran from 1953-1979. After a nearly two-month trial the jury returned a defense verdict indicating that the plaintiff had not been exposed to any particular asbestos-containing products of this national manufacturer.