Gretchen M. Nelson is a 1983 graduate of Georgetown University Law School. She received her B.A. degree from Smith College in 1976. She was President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 2007 and is a past Chair of the Litigation Section of that association.
She served on the Board of Trustees for the California State Bar from 2010 to 2013 and was its first Treasurer. She is a member of the Board of Governors of CAALA and CAOC. She is currently serving a three year term on the Judicial Council of California. She is a partner with Nelson & Fraenkel LLP where she practices in the area of complex class actions, derivative actions, personal injury/wrongful death and
consumer claims. She started her career at Morgan, Wenzel & McNicholas. She also practiced at Corinblit & Seltzer and Kreindler & Kreindler LLP. Ms. Nelson has lectured on class and class-related litigation issues as well as trial advocacy and evidence issues for the
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, LACBA, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, California’s CEB Program, the Practicing Law Institute and the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. She has also presented class action programs for the National Business Institute and Mealeys and has published articles in the Advocate, the Forum, the Brief and other publications on class and other issues. Ms. Nelson received Loyola Law School’s Champion of Justice Award in 2009, the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Robert E. Cartwright, Sr. Award in 2013, the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles’ Ted Horn Memorial Award in 2011, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section’s Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award in 2013, and the Patricia Phillips Outstanding Committee Service Award in 2014.