Harry Nelson

Chairman of the Board

Healthcare Lawyer, Nelson Hardiman LLP

Harry is the Founder and Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLP, the largest healthcare and life sciences specialty law firm in Los Angeles. Harry has become a national leader in tackling the most difficult healthcare challenges facing America and has been called on to resolve issues around patient safety in prescribing addiction medicine, fraud, and reimbursement. He has also been a leader in defining the pathway for emerging models of care based on telehealth and digital technologies. Harry is the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain, published by Forbes in March 2019, which received critical praise for changing the crisis-related conversation from spectacle to solutions. The book grew out of Harry’s work in opioid overdose and other crisis response in behavioral health.

Harry is considered one of the leading authorities on behavioral health and has done great work in opioid overdose and other crisis response in behavioral health.

Harry serves as board chair of the Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP), a national education and advocacy organization that works to advance standards and develop tools to improve the quality and safety of addiction treatment and behavioral health. His leadership has been recognized, among other distinctions, by Behavioral Health Network Resources’ 2018 Addiction Advocacy Award.

Since 2010, Harry appears annually on lists for Best Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers, and receives a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.

The Best Lawyers in America (2021) recognized Harry for the tenth consecutive year that Harry was recognized for his specialty in Healthcare Law, and for the first time Harry was selected with a focus on COVID-19. The Daily Journal named Harry one of the Top Healthcare Lawyers in California in 2019. Harry also won the Behavioral Health Network’s Addiction Advocacy Award, the Davis Direction Foundation Award, and the CLARE | MATRIX Spirit Award in 2019.