Karl G. Nelson focuses on practice areas like labor & employment, administrative law & regulatory practice, appellate & constitutional law, class actions, executive compensation & employee benefits, intellectual property, litigation, privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection. He serves a partner in the Dallas office of the law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
He is also a member of Labor and Employment, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Class Action Litigation Practice Groups of the law firm. He is one of the founding members of his law firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Practice Group.
He has a rich experience in defending complex labor and benefit issues such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, comparable state laws, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Attorney Karl Nelson has extensive experience in defending his clients against different types of claims such as worker misclassification challenges, retaliation of whistle-blower, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, and systemic age, race, disability & gender discrimination allegations.
He advises his clients over breach of fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He also deals in trade secret, competition, and employee-raiding issues.
Attorney Nelson regularly represents his clients before both the federal and state administrative agencies. He has experience of representing employers before the Department of Labor for complex wage and hour and pension benefits investigations.
He has also handled Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation cases. He has also represented employers before the EEOC in connection with individual and class-wide discrimination charges.
He also assists clients frequently in conducting internal investigations of high-risk and high-profile matters. For example, issues involving potential misconduct by senior executives and corporate officers as well as allegations of whistle-blowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and similar laws.
His practice involves dealing with sensitive and high-profile matters regularly. He works closely with in-house and outside resources for the same and coordinates investor relations, legal, and media strategies.
Attorney Nelson authors as well as lectures frequently on topics such as litigation, employment, benefits, and data security. He worked as an instructor in Human Resource Law. He has also co-authored a software package for human resource professionals.
He has acquired the membership of the Section of Labor and Employment Law at the American Bar Association, and the American Employment Law Council. He has secured the admission to practice law at the State Bar of Texas and before the Supreme Court of the United States and many other federal appellate and district courts.
He completed Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 1987. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law in 1991.
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