Nate is a founding partner of Roche Freedman.
Nate is an experienced litigator with a focus on the resolution of complex, high-stakes business disputes through litigation in federal and state courts, arbitration and mediation. He counsels clients in sectors ranging from financial services to alcoholic beverages to art in a wide variety of matters, including disputes relating to commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, insurance, intellectual property, securities, antitrust and executive compensation.
Nate and the Roche Freedman team recently won a bench trial, following nearly five years of litigation, regarding a financial services M&A dispute where the counterparty failed to close the transaction. He counsels insurers responding to claims under representation and warranties policies issued in connection with merger and acquisition transactions and provides representation in ensuing litigation, including in two currently pending court cases. During the credit crisis, he advised several investment banks regarding approximately $200 billion in troubled leveraged buyout transactions.
Nate’s experience in the alcoholic beverage industry includes representation of the founders and sellers of the original hard seltzer brand in an earnout dispute with its acquirer; representation of an investor in a popular, celebrity-endorsed moonshine whiskey brand in a dispute with the company’s founder and CEO; and representation of the same investor in a high-profile control dispute with the co-founder and CEO of a rapidly growing ultra-premium rye whiskey brand.
Nate was also a member of the trial team that defended the former president of a leading art gallery in a jury trial of fraud claims arising from the sale of a forged artwork previously believed to be by Mark Rothko, dubbed the “The Art Trial of the Century” by ArtNews.
Nate represents pro bono clients as a member of the pro bono panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the court on which he previously clerked. As court-appointed counsel, he has represented clients including an asylum applicant and a plaintiff pursuing a civil rights claim arising from a police stop.