The attorneys and staff here at Nelson Hardiman bring decades of hands-on experience, expertise and professionalism to every case and client with whom they work. We invite you to learn a bit more about the partners and people who contribute to our success.

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Harry Nelson

Founder & Managing Partner

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.

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Mark Hardiman

Partner

Mark S. Hardiman is a partner at Nelson Hardiman and has more than a decade of experience representing and advising health care providers with respect to criminal investigations and charges, civil False Claims Act (FCA) and fraud lawsuits, administrative overpayment and disciplinary proceedings, and a wide range of regulatory compliance issues, including internal investigations and voluntary disclosures of possible violations of the FCA, federal anti-kickback statute and the Stark Law. Mark’s trial experience includes 22 jury trials and he has also argued six appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Rob Fuller

Partner

Rob Fuller is an experienced attorney with a record of hands-on leadership in the healthcare industry. He served as chief operating officer of a hospital for over a decade, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rob’s expertise extends to trial and appellate work, transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions, financings and reorganizations, criminal defense, and regulatory work. He advises clients on antitrust, general corporate governance, nonprofit regulation, general commercial and real estate law. Rob also has significant lobbying and governmental representation experience.

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Lee Arian

Partner

As a former federal prosecutor, Lee Arian spent a significant portion of his career fighting for the integrity of the American healthcare system, deterring and detecting fraud that costs the system billions of dollars a year. Lee’s 16 years of litigation and government enforcement experience in both criminal and civil cases, is uniquely bolstered by his leadership in executive positions among the nation’s largest health insurers.

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Aaron C. Lachant

Partner

Aaron Lachant has been at the forefront of the marijuana industry since 2009. By solving novel and complex regulatory, compliance and licensing issues, Aaron has kept his clients, including approximately 45 of the 135 originally legalized dispensaries in Los Angeles under Proposition D, in business and flourishing. Coupling Aaron’s pioneering experience getting marijuana businesses permitted with his adroit navigation of a regulatory landscape in flux, has made him the go-to attorney for legal cannabis advice.

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John A. Mills

Partner

Navigating between regulatory compliance and litigation, the versatility of John Mill’s healthcare practice and the diversity of his clients provide him with a keen understanding of the unique business objectives and risks facing different segments of the healthcare provider community. Among John’s diverse range of clients are hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians, medical groups and IPAs, Knox-Keene licensees, pharmacy providers, and ambulance providers.

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Arnold V. Pamplona

Partner

Arnold V. Pamplona is a partner at Nelson Hardiman, where his practice focuses on general corporate and healthcare regulatory matters in connection with mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, affiliations and dispositions of companies in the health care services industry. He has deep experience working with hospital systems and multi-state pharmacies on transactional and regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Nelson Hardiman, Arnold practiced law in the Los Angeles offices of Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC and at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he was a partner.

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Zachary Rothenberg

Partner

Zach Rothenberg is a partner at Nelson Hardiman with nearly 15 years of experience litigating business disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration. Zach’s practice focuses primarily on litigating healthcare industry business disputes. Zach regularly represents healthcare clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and misuse of trade secrets, among others. Zach also has deep experience litigating employment-related cases, on behalf of both employers and employees, and litigating payment disputes involving managed care entities.

Lara D. Compton

Of Counsel

Serving as outside general counsel for healthcare and life sciences clients, Lara Compton draws on her experience serving as in-house counsel for two nonprofit health systems, Sutter Health in Northern California and Community Medical Centers in Central California, and her experience at two national law firms, DLA Piper and King & Spalding. Her experiences working on a wide variety of matters instilled such deep versatility that colleagues describe Lara as the “Swiss Army Knife” when it comes to solving healthcare problems.

Barry Kaye

Of Counsel

Barry Kaye is Of Counsel to Nelson Hardiman. An innovative attorney with a reputation for bringing people together and structuring complex transactions, Mr. Kaye's entrepreneurial character and versatile skill set have allowed him to move deftly between law and business and weave a unique practice. Mr. Kaye's professional experience and expertise includes intellectual property, corporate formation and governance and finance.

Sara Hersh

Of Counsel

An authority on medical staff credentialing, peer review processes, medical staff bylaws and mandatory reporting requirements, Sara Hersh serves as dedicated counsel to medical staffs of community hospitals, medical groups, heath care systems, university systems and county facilities. She routinely advises medical staffs on compliance with processes in disciplinary as well as non disciplinary actions. Sara proactively counsels medical staffs on changes in the law and needed revisions to policies and bylaws, and advises healthcare clients on professional liability and risk management issues, ensuring compliance with state and regulatory requirements.

Jay Paik

Of Counsel

Jay Paik is Of Counsel at Nelson Hardiman and specializes in representing physicians, medical groups, and other healthcare providers and advises clients on a range of business, regulatory and healthcare related transactional matters. In his practice, Jay assists clients with structuring and negotiating transactions, joint ventures, MSO arrangements and employment agreements. He also advises clients on conducting day-to-day business operations to ensure compliance with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicare and Medicaid participation and billing requirements, professional licensing rules, the corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting restrictions and HIPAA regulations.

Katherine Bowles

Katherine Bowles

Associate

Katherine (Kate) Bowles draws on her experience as a registered nurse to bring deep industry knowledge to her healthcare litigation practice. Focusing on the areas of Medicare/Medi-Cal fraud and abuse, Stark, Anti-Kickback, False Claims Act, business litigation, and white-collar defense; Kate utilizes her first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by physicians and nurses to achieve exceptional results for her clients.

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Kathryn F. Edgerton (Russo)

Associate

Kathryn F. Edgerton (Russo) is a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Transactional and Compliance practice groups. Ms. Edgerton represents healthcare providers, including hospitals, physician organizations, long-term and behavioral care providers, telemedicine providers, and other healthcare-related organizations, in transactions and regulatory matters. Ms. Edgerton is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations (CIPP/US).

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Miriam Mackin

Associate

With experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in court, Sarvnaz “Miriam” Mackin brings a well rounded perspective to her healthcare litigation practice. Miriam has served as counsel on a variety of civil matters, including medical negligence, wrongful death, elder abuse, products liability, and complex business torts.

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Farooq Mir

Associate

Farooq Mir focuses his practice on representing healthcare providers in litigation matters in the state and federal courts, as well as administrative hearings before state and local regulatory agencies. He also represents providers in as peer review proceedings, including fair hearing practices and litigation associated with peer review proceedings. Farooq also has experience representing clients in health care regulatory and transactional matters.

Lisa Montague

Associate

Lisa Montague informs her healthcare practice with the transactional know-how of assisting public and private clients with strategizing, organizing, documenting, and closing complex financing deals for large-scale infrastructure and energy projects in multiple states.

Aviva Morady

Associate

Aviva Morady is a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Litigation Group. Ms. Morady concentrates her practice on representing healthcare providers in state and federal court in a wide range of civil litigation matters. She has experience representing hospitals, health systems, and health insurance companies in fraud and abuse investigations and complex civil litigation.

Michael Newborn

Michael Newborn

Associate

Michael (Akiva) represents healthcare providers in state and federal court in a wide range of litigation matters, including areas involving the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. He also advises healthcare providers on regulatory compliance issues.

Mark Pollitt

Associate

Mark Pollitt concentrates his practice on complex litigation in state and federal court on behalf of health care providers. He has broad experience representing health care providers in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, including disputes involving the Medicare program, health plan reimbursement, and alleged fraud and abuse. He is also experienced in advising clients on regulatory issues including compliance with the Stark law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the corporate practice of medicine.

Jonathan Radke

Associate

Jonathan Radke is a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Litigation Group and concentrates his practice on complex litigation on behalf of health care providers. Mr. Radke has a broad range of experience representing health care providers in civil litigation and administrative law matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, managed care payment disputes, and health care fraud and abuse issues. He is also experienced in advising clients on regulatory issues including compliance with patient privacy rules, the Stark law, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and fee splitting prohibitions.

Kristina Sherry

Kristina Sherry

Associate

Kristina Sherry brings to her healthcare practice the equanimity of a litigator and experience defending public entities, such as Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Transactional and Compliance practice groups, Kristina represents a diverse array of healthcare providers. She advises hospitals, physician organizations, long-term and behavioral care providers, medical marijuana dispensaries, and other healthcare-related organizations in transactions and regulatory matters.

Rosa Shirley

Rosa A. Shirley

Associate

Rosa A. Shirley is a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Transactional and Compliance practice groups. Ms. Shirley advises on various healthcare corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. Her main practice area includes entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, licensure and certification, and compliance. She also has extensive experience with general business contract negotiations, complex corporate reorganizations, and debt management. The matters she has handled involved not only the healthcare industry, but the finance, shipping, restaurant, and agricultural industries, as well. She has experience with cross-border transactions and insolvencies, and has had a multijurisdictional practice.

Salvatore J. Zimmitti

Salvatore J. Zimmitti

Associate

As a member of Nelson Hardiman’s Litigation and Compliance groups, Sal represents healthcare professionals, facilities and organizations in state and federal courts in connection with issues ranging from complex civil litigation, white collar fraud and provider reimbursement issues, to telehealth regulation, licensing board accusations, medical marijuana defense and general business disputes.

Shelley Carder

Shelley Carder

Attorney

Shelley A. Carder brings the nuanced perspective of a small business owner to her veteran healthcare practice. Shelley has spent nearly three decades representing hospitals, health facilities, medical groups and medical staffs in litigation and administrative proceedings. She has extensive experience advising on peer review and professional licensing, civil rights, anti-SLAPP, “whistleblower” actions, fraud and abuse, employment, professional contracts, HCQIA, HIPAA and EMTALA.

Gina Martin

Executive Director

Gina Martin is Nelson Hardiman’s Executive Director. With more than 25 years of experience in legal management, Gina provides strategic direction and leadership of all the Firm’s operations, including finance, human resources, facilities, technology and business development. Gina is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and a past president of the Los Angeles chapter.

Alan Breslauer

Alan Breslauer

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Alan Breslauer is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Nelson Hardiman, LLP.