Nelson, Andrew Ryan



University of Washington

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law


The State Bar of California
Admitted since 2001
State Bar No. 214895

Nelson, Andrew Ryan


Andy Nelson represents clients in complex business, commercial, intellectual property matters. Andy’s practice emphasizes the development of effective strategies for trademark and copyright protection, enforcement, licensing, and dispute resolution (including practice before the USPTO and TTAB). Areas of focus also include complex contractual and commercial matters, website protection, social media, privacy regulations, trade secrets, and disputes among co-owners of businesses. Andy represents a variety of companies in the technology, food and beverage, apparel, footwear, accessories, marketing, advertising, consulting, design, and manufacturing industries.

Andy is admitted to practice in all California state courts. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Andy also regularly gets admitted to practice in jurisdictions outside of California as needed.

Over his career, Andy has represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Andy especially enjoys working with businesses owned by veterans, military spouses, active duty service members, and others focused on the military community. These clients not only do business in a wide variety of industries, they are also located all over the world.

Prior to joining Fortis LLP as a Partner, Andy was a Shareholder with a boutique firm focusing on the intellectual property needs of businesses in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industries, particularly those based in Southern California and Australia.

Andy is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and a member and former Chair of its Entertainment, Sports and Marketing section.

Andy is also a Board Member of the Veterans Legal Institute and an Advisory Board Member of Operation Supply Drop. Both are non-profit organizations focused on the military community.

Representative Work

Lanphier v. Silverleaf Financial 3, LLC et al.—obtained $23 million judgment in federal lawsuit against defendants who defrauded others into buying “participation interests” in loans purported to be secured by real estate.

Joe’s Jeans, Inc. v. Brixton, LLC—in this federal lawsuit concerning ownership of the BRIXTON trademark, Andy secured the right of lifestyle brand BRIXTON to use its house mark.

3 Point Distribution v.—in this federal lawsuit concerning 3 Point’s EZEKIEL brand, obtained an injunction prohibit continued distribution of infringing “EZEKIEL” products.

Element v. Vestalife, LLC—in this breach of a licensing agreement involving an ELEMENT branded iPod dock, obtained a favorable settlement without trial.

Lew v. Hybrid Promotions—defended t-shirt manufacturer in federal lawsuit over alleged use of street art incorporating David On Lew’s graphic art known as “Shark Toof.”

Bravado v. Vestal—defended watch brand in federal lawsuit involving allegations that product packaging designed by artist Shepard Fairey infringed the rights of musical group Motörhead and allegations that model name infringed the rights of group Led Zeppelin

Published Decisions

Vitatech Int’l, Inc. v. Sporn (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 796

Hyundai Amco America, Inc. v. S3H, Inc. (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 572