Gary J. Nelson

Contact Details


655 N. Central Ave. Suite 2300 Glendale, CA 91203-1445


Gary J. Nelson is a partner in the Glendale, California office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP. His practice includes the prosecution and maintenance of large international corporate trademark portfolios, and has managed over 7,000 individual trademark applications/registrations throughout the world. Through his network of foreign counsel, Mr. Nelson has cleared, filed and supervised the prosecution of trademarks in over 120 countries. Mr. Nelson is involved in the enforcement and defense of trademark, copyright and patent rights for his clients, as well as being an expert in trademark, copyright and patent licensing. Mr. Nelson has been lead counsel on over 150 trademark opposition/cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; and has filed nearly 100 UDRP Complaints with the National Arbitration Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization to force the transfer of ownership of contested domain names. Mr. Nelson specializes in resolving intellectual property disputes in a broad spectrum of industries, including, clothing, food, computer software and hardware, office supply, sports and entertainment, among other service sectors. Mr. Nelson is an expert in domain name disputes and Internet Law, and serves as a Neutral and a Domain Name Panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (“WIPO”) operating out of Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Mr. Nelson spent eight years producing, directing and editing documentaries in the entertainment industry. Mr. Nelson joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2004.



Trademarks Patents Copyrights

Law Firm

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Area of Practice

Copyright law, Domain Names and Internet Law, Rights of Publicity, Trademark


State Bar of California; U.S. Court of Appeals: Federal Circuit; Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Courts: Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, Patent Attorney since February 16, 1999 (Reg. No. 44,2257) before the USPTO.

Professional Affiliations

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (Board of Directors 2001-2008/President 2006-2007) (Member); International Trademark Association (INTA) (Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition; Committee--Bench Memo Chairperson) (Member); Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) (Trademark Office Practice (U.S.) Committee); (Member); Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA) (Member); Half Norwegian (on the mother's side) American Bar Association (Member)


Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, May 1996; Masters of Fine Arts, Cinema-TV Production, University of Southern California, May 1986; B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Pacific Lutheran University, August 1981; B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude