Ron Nessim has been on the winning side of more than 40 criminal and civil trials and arbitrations. He has argued numerous appeals in both federal and state courts, including in the United States Supreme Court, and has been at the center of numerous precedent-setting, high-profile civil and white-collar criminal law cases. Prior to joining Bird Marella, he served as a federal prosecutor.
Mr. Nessim was selected by his peers as the 2015 Los Angeles Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners, Variety, Southern California Super Lawyers, and several other publications of leading lawyers for his entertainment litigation, white collar, and general business litigation expertise.
Mr. Nessim’s litigation practice focuses on entertainment litigation, white-collar criminal defense, general civil business litigation, and health care fraud. His clients value his attention to detail, ability to think strategically, and his trial skills.
In the entertainment arena, Mr. Nessim concentrates on representing talent in profit participation and other disputes with the major television studios. Mr. Nessim currently represents five profit participants in The Walking Dead and Eric Kripke, the creator of the Supernatural series. He has also represented Don Bellisario (first opportunity rights in NCIS:LA), Dick Wolf (Law & Order franchise), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), J.J. Abrams (Lost), David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace), Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Streets) and Danielle Steel (Danielle Steel Movies of the Week).
In the criminal and healthcare fraud arena, Mr. Nessim represents individuals and entities in pre-indictment and post-indictment criminal proceedings involving healthcare fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, and other white-collar cases as well as in civil False Claims Act cases. Mr. Nessim has successfully tried numerous criminal and health care fraud cases and has often successfully persuaded prosecutors not to charge clients they had originally characterized as “targets” of their investigation.
In Mr. Nessim’s general business litigation practice, he represents plaintiffs and defendants in corporate and partnership disputes, trade secret disputes and other similar cases.
Mr. Nessim often represents clients who are facing parallel criminal and civil proceedings related to the same events. Given that he is experienced in both criminal and civil litigation, he can personally handle both the civil and criminal proceedings in a coordinated and cost effective manner.
Mr. Nessim is active in the community and has served, and continues to serve, on the board of several non-profits. He is a sought-after MCLE presenter in the areas of entertainment law, white-collar crime and healthcare fraud.