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 entertainment, commercial and white-collar criminal law cases.
His clients value his attention to detail, ability to think strategically, tenacity and his trial skills. Prior to joining Bird Marella, he served as a federal prosecutor.
Mr. Nessim was selected by his peers as the 2015 Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year,” for the Los Angeles area by The Best Lawyers in America. He has also been recognized by Chambers & Partners, Variety and Southern California Super Lawyers for his entertainment litigation, white collar, and commercial litigation expertise.
In the entertainment arena, Mr. Nessim largely represents talent in disputes with the major television studios. Mr. Nessim currently represents five profit participants in The Walking Dead and Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural. His past representations include Carsey-Werner, (Roseanne series in connection with Roseanne’s tweets and ABC’s cancellation of the series), 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 health care fraud arena, Mr. Nessim represents individuals and entities in pre-indictment and post-indictment criminal proceedings. 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 commercial litigation practice, he represents plaintiffs and defendants in various business disputes and 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.