Harry Nelson

Founder & Managing Partner

Harry nelson



  • University of Michigan, J.D. (cum laude), 1992
  • University of Michigan, A.B. (with high distinction), 1990

Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman. A consummate leader at the intersection of law and business, Harry is an entrepreneur who has launched five healthcare related companies in the last decade. Deeply immersed in an industry at the forefront of change, innovation and consolidation; he is frequently asked to speak on cutting edge issues impacting healthcare, such as technology and the future of the industry itself.

Proactively tackling timely healthcare issues, Harry is the co-author of the recently released book, “From Obamacare to Trumpcare: Why You Should Care.” This new book offers a comprehensive survey of healthcare policy leading up to the Affordable Care Act, examines its strengths and weaknesses, and portends the direction the Trump administration and the Republican led Congress will take healthcare policy. It provides an unbiased assessment of the potential impact this historical policy transition will have on patients, practitioners and business owners. Harry’s thought leadership around the future of the healthcare and life sciences industry has also driven many next-generation healthcare ideas and initiatives to realization, including telehealth and other modalities of digital health and behavioral health.

For more than two decades, Harry has been a problem-solver for the healthcare industry, focused on regulatory and reimbursement challenges and strategy, including fraud and abuse, clinical safety, and data security. He has developed highly relevant resources to facilitate compliance, including the development of programs for hundreds of healthcare businesses. He also has extensive experience defending government investigations and enforcement actions, and has forged strong relationships with regulators across many healthcare sectors. In the broader community, Harry speaks on leadership and board governance issues, and has worked with nonprofits on their organizational development and strategy.

Follow Harry on Twitter @nelsonh. His most recent ideas can be found at www.harrynelson.com.

Recent Television and Radio Appearances:

September 27, 2017

Harry Nelson Interviewed on Voice of America About Latest Failure to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Voice of America

August 27, 2017

Harry Nelson Discusses Health Insurance Giant, Health Net, and its Battle with Treatment Facilities in Calif.

In Your Right Mind, Talk Radio 790 KABC Los Angeles

August 11, 2017

Harry Nelson Discusses America’s Opioid Crisis


July 20, 2017

Trumpcare 3.0? Or Obamacare Repair?  And the Reality of the Repeal Now/ Replace Later


July 19, 2017

Harry Nelson interviewed on Voice of America Radio about Republican Healthcare Bill “Plan C”

Voice of America

June 23 2017

Harry Nelson Interviewed on Voice of America About the Senate Republican Healthcare Bill

Voice of America

June 2, 2017

Harry Nelson Featured on PopHealth Podcast


May 23, 2017

Harry Nelson Interviewed on Voice of America About President Trump’s Budget Cuts to Healthcare

Voice of America

May 10, 2017

How peeing in a cup can cost you $6,250

NBC News Colorado

March 27, 2017

Who Are the Winners & Losers if the Republican Healthcare Bill Passes?


January 19, 2017

Harry Nelson discusses the affordable healthcare and his book “From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care”


January 9, 2017

Harry Nelson discusses the GOP replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act and how that threatens Planned Parenthood


January 4, 2017

Harry Nelson interviewed by Lori Lundon on Voice of America’s International Edition about President Trump’s healthcare comments

Voice of America’s International Edition

November 29, 2016

Harry Nelson discusses Donald Trump’s fight to repeal and replace ObamaCare

Voice of America International News

November 21, 2016

Harry Nelson speaks with WHD-TV’s about arbitration rights for patients in nursing homes


September 12, 2016

Harry Nelson speaks with WHDT about the regulation of addiction treatment facilities 


Please view speaking engagements, articles and media mentions under Publications tab.

Representative Experience

  • Advised national telehealth provider on multi-state licensing, compliance, reimbursement, patient privacy, and standard of care issues (2015)
  • Assisted national substance abuse recovery organization with compliance program design, implementation, and extensive state-level certification and licensure (2014-2015)
  • Advised national physician specialty organization in developing a HIPAA-compliant patient data registry providing outcomes measurement and quality improvement (2014-2015)
  • Defended neurofeedback device manufacturer in FDA investigation and response to warning letter (2013)
  • Advised prominent anti-aging and integrative healthcare provider on standard of care, informed consent issues, marketing claims, and HIPAA compliance (2012);
  • Advised digital health company on compliance and risk management strategy in servicing Medicare beneficiaries and contracting with Medicare and in-network healthcare providers (2015)
  • Counseled life coaching organization on compliance with mental health professional licensing laws (2012)
  • Dismissal of $1.4m Medicare over-payment determination against physician group for allegedly medically unnecessary infusion services (2008)
  • Negotiated and implemented corporate integrity agreement on behalf of skilled nursing facility chain following federal investigation of Stark/Anti-Kickback Statute violations (2010)
  • $3.1 million (from $3.2m  to $75,000) reduction in Medicare over-payment determination against physician group via contested hearing against recovery audit contractor (2009)
  • Defended FDA investigation of national clinical laboratory and persuaded FDA to refrain from action based on adoption of corrective action plan and compliance program (2011)
  • Developed and implemented regulatory compliance programs for over 100 skilled nursing facilities (2008-2012)
  • Advised multiple covered entities and business associates on HIPAA privacy and data security breaches; implemented HIPAA compliance programs for numerous entities
  • Advised national teleradiology provider on compliance program for corporate practice of medicine issues in all “corporate practice” states (2010)
  • Developed national regulatory compliance programs for telehealth providers (2008-present)

Associations, Memberships & Awards

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America (2018 Edition) for the seventh consecutive year.
  • AV Preeminent (Martindale Hubbell), 2010-present
  • California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Providers (CAAHCP), Member
  • Southern California Super Lawyer in Healthcare law (2010-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2011-present)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Harold M. Fong (dec.), United States District Court, District of Hawaii
  • Contributing Editor, University of Michigan Law Review
  • James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan
  • Co-Chair, Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, University of Michigan
  • Host, Provisors Healthcare Roundtable, (2011-present)
  • Alumnus, Wexner Heritage Program, (2005-2007)
  • Member, Adaptive Business Leaders-Healthcare, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals, Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Speaking Engagements 2017 2016 Publications 2017 2016 Media Mentions 2017 2016 2015 Webinars 2017 2016

Life Outside the Firm

Harry spends his time away from work inculcating his children with a love for Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons, drinking single malt whiskys, and planning the next vacation.