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Nate Kelly

Business Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.8   19 reviews

also known as Nathaniel Greenberg Kelly


Licensed for 14 years

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About Nate

Learn Nate’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    28%
    Nate Kelly offers strategic advising for businesses, brands, creatives, entrepreneurs, founders, investors, nonprofits, political organizations, and startups; from concept, to operations, to sale; negotiating high level partnerships; and successfully

    14 years, 200 cases

  2. Litigation
    26%
    All representations include up-front advice about litigation alternatives, including mediation, arbitration and negotiated settlements, with a results oriented and economically sensible focus.

    13 years, 200 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    17%
    Nate Kelly is a business attorney, start-up specialist, and securities law expert with extensive experience negotiating commercial contracts: $100M+ in securities transactions; $100M+ in start-up client revenue; and $100M+ negotiated settlements.

    14 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    14%
    Nate Kelly serves as private counsel, corporate officer, board member; as well as a public and private advocate for business, civic, environmental, charitable organizations, in additional to advocating on behalf of political issues as well as candida

    14 years, 300 cases

  5. Entertainment
    5%
    Entertainment lawyers negotiate and draft performance, production, promotion, and intellectual property licensing contracts for producers, content creators, athletes, and other celebrities.

    11 years, 25 cases

  6. Intellectual property
    5%
    Intellectual property (IP), e.g. proprietary business information (Trade Secrets) and Trademarks, can be among the most valuable assets of a business. We are dedicated to helping you protect your IP with effective contract drafting and enforcement.

    13 years, 100 cases

  7. Securities and investment fraud
    5%
    Have you invested in or lent money to a start-up or limited partnership, without comprehensive documentation and only to discover that the business and or your likely returns are not what you were led to believe? You need an experience securities lawyer to assist you. I have litigated over and recovered millions in private investments resulting from failures to disclose under California and Federal Securities Laws.

    13 years, 25 cases

NATE KELLY IS A BUSINESS ATTORNEY WHO HAS NEGOTIATED TRANSACTIONS TOTALING MORE THAN $200M; AND A STARTUP SPECIALIST WITH MORE THAN $100M IN STARTUP CLIENT REVENUE. RECOGNIZED BY LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE AND SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE AS A RISING STAR IN THE AREA OF BUSINESS LAW (2016-2022).

Nate Kelly is a business attorney, startup specialist, and securities law expert with extensive experience negotiating commercial contracts:

$100M+ in securities transactions;
$100M+ in start-up client revenue; and
$100M+ negotiated settlements.

ADVISOR: 
Nate Kelly offers strategic advising for businesses, brands, creatives, entrepreneurs, founders, investors, nonprofits, political organizations, and startups; from concept, to operations, to sale; negotiating high level partnerships; and successfully guiding clients through a multitude of complex and important matters.

ADVOCATE: 
Nate Kelly serves as private counsel, corporate officer, board member; as well as a public and private advocate for business, civic, environmental, charitable organizations, in additional to advocating on behalf of political issues as well as candidates for local, statewide, and national political offices.

Recognized as a Business Law Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in both Northern and Southern California, 2016-2022. 

Top Contributor 2015
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Client's Choice 2014
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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Nate

Law Offices of Nate Kelly
201 Spear Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Nate Kelly
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 725E
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Nate received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great & Very Professional!
Nate helped me form an LLC for my business and he did a great job. He was very responsive, informative, professional and fair. I would highly recommend him for any legal needs.
Posted by Stephen | October 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Planning
After consulting several attorneys on how to best expand our business, I decided to move forward with Nate Kelly as his advice and recommendations were strong from the very start. Most everyone else I spoke with gave one size fits all recommendations and didn’t take the time to understand what I was trying to accomplish before making them. Mr. Kelly was different. Since hiring him, he has continued to consult with my team extensively, and has worked together with them in developing a strategy that was easy to implement and has had a significant impact on our growth. His expert counsel and strong business judgement have quickly allowed us to go from a single state entity into a multi state venture that is growing rapidly. Overall, I could not be happier with the decision to hire him, and look forward to continuing to work together for years to come.
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Response from Nate Kelly October 27, 2022
Thank you, Stephen. It's been a pleasure working with you over the years, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come as well.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and informative
Nate was fast and very informative which is crucial when it comes to an Employment offer that is time-sensitive. I am a Sr. fashion designer and been offered a role at a leading brand, and Nate has been extremely helpful to help me navigate potential risk factors with my current and upcoming employment agreements. He responded promptly, squeezed me in his schedule on short notice and Pointed out a couple of terms I would have otherwise misinterpreted. Extremely helpful. I will use Nate again in the future should an occasion arise.
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Posted by Nicola Ciccarelli | March 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Director
Nate is a charismatic and results oriented legal and creative production partner. I’ve personally witnessed him create solutions where others had been stuck, finding amazing win wins for me and our teams. Every contract he negotiates is fair, well drafted, and strongly implemented. Looking forward to working with him for years to come.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 475-675 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Nate Kelly
  • 2009 - Present
  • Supervising Discovery Attorney - Securities Class Action
  • Glancy & Binkow
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • The Chainsmokers Limited, Mood-Altering Shades With Futuremood
  • Major Endorsement / Investment Deal
  • Lil Yachty Is Latest Investor As Sunglasses Brand Futuremood Expands Its Pop Culture Lens
  • Major Endorsement
  • Complex Business Litigation / Derivative Action
  • Court Approved Settlement
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Associations

  • University of Southern California Alumni Association
  • Ambassador
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Delegation to the CCBA
  • Vice Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club
  • Intellectual Property Section Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Conference of California Bar Associations
  • Executive Committee Member, BASF Delegation
  • 2016 - 2019
  • University of Southern California Law School Bay Area Alumni Association
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Lawyers in MENSA
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • CALIFORNIA YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (CYLA)
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star, Northern California
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star, Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star, Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star, Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star, Southern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Merit Scholarship
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • 2006
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • 2006
  • Dean’s Scholar Graduate
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2005
  • Merit Scholarship
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • 2005
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Creators Network Lunch and Learn with Nate Kelly, Esq.
  • Get Paid Faster
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (27)
Endorse Nate
General practice Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nate is a rising star -- few have his communication abilities and his talent. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nate is a fantastic attorney to whom I have referred clients in the past for various matters. Each such client has been pleased with Nate's hard work, dedication, and insight."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Mr. Kelly on several occasions and am amazed by his knowledge of intellectual property, contract and business law. Mr. Kelly has a unique ability to handle complex business issues and has been particularly helpful when advising start-up companies."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"It has been a pleasure working with Nate. He is professional, hardworking, and very knowledgeable in the areas of IP law and securities. He has been and continues to be a great mentor and teacher, and he is a strong advocate for his clients."
Business Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nate is a bright, energetic and highly knowledgable attorney. I regularly refer business clients to him and am glad to have him as a resource."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Nate for many years. He is a smart and capable attorney who is passionate about his work. He strives to achieve the best results for his clients. I endorse Nate highly."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you find yourself in need of a litigation attorney it is important to retain a lawyer who is competent, knowledgeable and tenacious. Mr. Kelly is well respected in the legal community for those reasons."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on a couple matters with Nathaniel and was professional, knowledgeable and proved to give great counsel. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Nate on a few cases and have found him to be professional, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Attorney Kelly on a lawsuit involving difficult circumstances. I was impressed by his desire to go to great lengths to provide client satisfaction, even under tough circumstances. He clearly has a lot of heart and wants to do a great job for clients. He showed he really cares about clients, and is creative in finding ways to help. I enjoyed working with him and believe that clients will as well."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Kelly analyzing a complicated copyright infringement litigation matter involving a litigious corporation and a blockbuster film. His attention to detail and razor sharp analytical skills streamlined our litigation strategy. I would recommend Mr. Kelly to anyone seeking a top notch attorney who can understand the complex issues attendant to high-stakes litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nate is a hardworking, very intelligent attorney. He handles a wide variety of cases, and does them well. I fully endorse him."
Business Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse the work Mr. Kelly performed preparing a contract. The contract was an international distribution agreement with exclusivity terms. He performed the work in a timely manner, and took into account many of the unique needs of my client's business."
Business Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Nathaniel is exceptionally bright, a wonderful person to work alongside, and a consumate pragmatist. These characteristics combine to make him a stellar attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nate is an intelligent and creative attorney. I highly recommend Nate to anyone seeking both an effective and personable attorney."
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San Francisco Business Lawyer Nate Kelly
Nate Kelly
Business Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available