Christopher L Nelson, a partner of the firm, received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Nelson leads the Firm’s Whistleblower and Securities Fraud Groups. Prior to joining The Weiser Law Firm, Mr.Nelson was a partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP. Mr. Nelson has been lead or co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in some of the largest securities class actions in history, including:
- In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litig., No. 09-Civ. 6351 (S.D.N.Y.). Co-lead counsel,prosecuted case through discovery. $627 million recovery.
- In re Satyam Computer Servs., Ltd. Sec. Litig., No. 09 MD 02027 (S.D.N.Y.). Co-lead counsel, prosecuted case through discovery. $125 million recovery.
- Johnson v. Aljian, 394 F. Supp. 2d 1184 (C.D. Cal. 2004), aff’d, 490 F.3d 778 (9th Cir. 2007),cert. denied, No. 07-767, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 2481 (U.S. Mar. 17, 2008). Lead counsel. Drafted complaint in multi-million dollar insider trading case against Kirk Kerkorian and Tracinda Corporation using novel theory under Section 20A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78t-1. Successfully drafted and argued opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss. Successfully drafted and argued opposition to defendants’ appeal. Defeated defendants’ petition for writ of certiorari. Class certified February 13, 2009, over defendants’ opposition. $8.1 million recovery
- Safron Capital Corp. v. Leadis Tech., Inc. (In re Leadis Tech. Inc. Sec. Litig.), No. 06-15623, 274 Fed. Appx. 540; 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 8699 (9th Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 2009 U.S. LEXIS 1778 (U.S. Mar. 6, 2009). Lead counsel, successfully appealed decision of District Court granting motion to dismiss. $4.2 million recovery.
- Cent. Laborers Pension Fund v. Merix Corp. (In reMerix Corp. Sec. Litig.), No. 06-35894, 275 Fed. Appx. 599; 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 9073 (9th Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 2008 U.S. LEXIS 9162 (U.S. Dec. 15, 2008). Lead counsel, successfully appealed decision of District Court granting motion to dismiss. Drafted and successfully argued motion for class certification. $2.5 million recovery.
- Kaltman v. Key Energy Servs. (In re Key Energy Sec. Litig.),447 F. Supp. 2d 648 (W.D. Tex.
2006). Lead counsel. Drafted and argued opposition to motion to dismiss, prosecuted case through discovery and argued class certification, and led negotiations. $15.4 million recovery.
- In re Martek Biosciences Sec. Litig., No. MJG-05-1224 (D. Md. June 14, 2006). Co-lead
counsel. Drafted and argued opposition to motion to dismiss, prosecuted case through discovery, secured certification of plaintiff class, and led negotiations. $6 million recovery.
Mr. Nelson has an active pro bono practice focused on family law. He also is on the Board of Advisors for the Jennersville Branch of the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley.