Kristen Nelson

 Kristen Low Res
Associate – Los Angeles
6310 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 360
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 302-9488 Ext. 205


  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. History/International Area Studies/ Chinese, Cum laude
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Hong Kong, LLM Human Rights, With Distinction, Recipient of the Anna Wu Prize in Human Rights as top student in program

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author of forthcoming article in Gaming Law and Economics: Regulation, Compliance and Policy, “Negotiating the Deal:  Early Strategies to Avoid Costly Disputes”
  • Reporter on range of admissibility and merits decisions from UN human rights treaty bodies. Law reports are produced by the Castan Centre for Human Rights of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia for public in the Oxford Reports on International Law.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • American Branch of the International Law Association


  • Co-taught International Litigation, Pepperdine University School of Law, Autumn 2012
  • Speaks conversational Chinese

Legal Expertise

Ms. Nelson is an associate at SRBR focusing on complex international law and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Nelson received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California and her Masters of Laws in Human Rights from the University of Hong Kong. Ms. Nelson has briefed law and motion matters on a variety of issues, including Armenian Genocide era art and real property recovery from internationally renowned art museums, foreign sovereigns and agencies and instrumentalities and alien tort statute action for allegations of international human rights law violations against multi-national corporations. Ms. Nelson has also worked on international commercial arbitration matters involving a contract dispute with a leading online gaming company, and has coordinated a U.S. Aid bid and proposal for a rule of law project in Sri Lanka.

Prior to joining SRBR, Ms. Nelson was a law clerk to trial chambers at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Den Haag, Netherlands, and was also an intern in Policy and External Affairs Department of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in London, England where she assisted the MF in lobbying the Home Office for a more flexible system for screening asylum seekers who are also claiming to be victims of torture.

Representative Matters

  • Coordinated one of the top two bid proposals for U.S. Agency for International Development rule of law project in Sri Lanka with the goal of improving the management and efficacy capacity of the Sri Lankan legal system.
  • Lead associate for pending Armenian Genocide era art recovery suit against internationally-renowned art museum on behalf of Armenian Apostolic Church of America. Successfully defeated dispositive motion.
  • Successfully represented large land-based gaming company in complex international commercial arbitration against FTSE250 online gaming company for claims arising out of breach of asset purchase agreement.
  • Successfully argued that foreign state banks are not immune from suit in U.S. courts based on allegations of expropriation of property in the context of genocide or mass human rights violations.
  • Prepared petition for submission to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of surviving family members and a Honduran NGO for the murder of a renowned labor rights defender.
  • Counsel to petitioners for en banc Ninth Circuit argument and subsequent petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in case involving foreign affairs field preemption.
  • Associate in pending class action case involving Alien Tort Statute and state and federal law claims against leading multinational technology corporation alleging complicity for human rights abuses in China.
  • Associate on Ninth Circuit appeal of putative class action against German banks for the return of deposits made prior to or during the Armenian Genocide.