Larry R. Nelson

Retired Founding Partner

Mr. Nelson is a founder of the firm and remains of counsel. He worked his way through law school as a bailiff and law clerk to the Honorable Frank Gregory of the First District Court of Nevada, 1977-79, who at the time was Nevada’s senior trial judge. While there, he researched and wrote numerous Memorandums […]

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Thomas J. Griffin

Managing Partner

Mr. Griffin is a founding partner of the firm. Mr. Griffin began his practice as a law clerk, hired by Larry Nelson while they were at a prior firm. They left together to form Nelson & Griffin in June of 1995. TRIAL EXPERIENCE For over 30 years, Mr. Griffin has ardently defended personal injury cases, […]

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Frederic. T. Tanner


Mr. Tanner is a Partner and head of the firm’s entertainment litigation practice. His practice also includes general liability, business litigation, premises liability, labor & employment, products liability, public entity defense and Covid-19 Labor issues. Mr. Tanner works with clients to develop innovative strategies for the handling of complex litigation in a cost effective manner. […]

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Sandra Bolton


Sandra Bolton, has been a member of the California State Bar since 1988. She represented physicians in malpractice defense, administrative, and business consulting work. Ms. Bolton is also a Registered Nurse and served as CEO for several not-for-profit organizations. She joined Nelson & Griffin as a Partner in 2018.

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Steven A. Garcia


Mr. Garcia’s interest in law first began when he was a senior at his undergraduate university. He obtained a yearlong internship with California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. where he assisted in prospective client interviews and legal research. The exposure intensified Mr. Garcia’s desire to pursue a career in law. He was admitted to Southwestern Law […]

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Marie S. Masters

Of Counsel

Ms. Masters is a Los Angeles native. She was admitted to Southwestern Law School 2015. Prior to law school, Ms. Masters attended George Mason University, graduating cum laude, where she majored in global affairs, and minored in intelligence analysis. Ms. Masters has a diverse legal background. Her first experience in law was at the Disability […]

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