Spinning circle Big letter B

Ron Nessim has been lead trial counsel in numerous civil and criminal 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 an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorneys’ Office in Los Angeles.

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 often represents talent in disputes with the major television studios. His current and past representations include SAG-AFTRA in connection with employment restraints in actor contracts, Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Carsey-Werner, (Roseanne series), several of the participants in The Walking Dead 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 Mr. Nessim’s general commercial litigation practice, he represents clients in breach of contract, partnership, real estate, employment and business tort cases.

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 cases and has often successfully persuaded prosecutors not to charge clients they had originally characterized as “targets” of their investigation.

Mr. Nessim often represents clients who are facing parallel criminal and civil proceedings related to the same events.

Mr. Nessim is active in the community and has served, and continues to serve, on the board of several non-profits.


  • 1875 Century Park East, 23rd Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-2561


  • University of Michigan, J.D., graduated 1980
  • Stanford University , A.B., graduated 1977

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Los Angeles (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Special Focus

  • Civil and Criminal
  • Federal
  • Qui Tam/False Claims Act
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax-Evasion Defense


Your browser is not fully compatible with our automatic printer friendly formatting.

Please use the print button to print this profile page.

Spinning circle Big letter B