About Angela’s Career

Angela Nehmens focuses her practice primarily on complex civil litigation. She represents clients in coordinated and individual proceedings against emerging and long-standing corporate giants such as Lyft, Inc., JUUL Labs, Inc., Samsung, and LG Chem, Ltd. 

Before joining Levin Simes Abrams in 2016, Angela practiced criminal defense in Boston at both the trial and appellate levels, with her client base comprised largely of minors or young adult men and women. She second-chaired murder and other serious felony trials, successfully secured post-conviction DNA testing for a wrongfully incarcerated client, drafted writs of habeas corpus, motions for new trial, and petitions for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to her work at the trial level, Angela spearheads the firm’s in-house appeals. She has argued dispositive legal issues in federal and state courts in California, Texas, Georgia, and the Eighth Circuit. She secured a favorable, thirty-nine-page opinion from the Texas Court of Appeal regarding jurisdiction over Korean battery manufacturer, LG Chem, Ltd.

Angela is known as a fearless and aggressive advocate. Her background allows for a pragmatic, passionate, and well-rounded approach to each case that crosses her desk.

Angela is a Bay Area native who grew up in Sonoma County. When not in the office, she enjoys hiking with her husky Lola, traveling, and exploring everything the Bay Area has to offer. She volunteers her time with Saint Vincent de Paul Society and the American Red Cross. She also does pro bono work with the Family Violence Appellate Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping domestic violence survivors.

Appointments

Angela was appointed as liaison counsel in the Lyft Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP), where she successfully compelled the depositions of Lyft’s co-founders for whom Lyft claimed apex protections and defeated Lyft’s forum non conveniens motion. She also briefed, argued, and successfully defeated personal jurisdiction challenges in the Juul JCCP.

Professional Affiliations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Queen’s Bench Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2015
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, 2009

Honors and Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2022
  • National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40, 2020 -2022

Contact Info:

1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (888) 426-4156 | (415) 480-7448
Email: [email protected]

Angela Nehmens

Publications

  • Nehmens, Hite; E-Cigs, The Non-Certifiable Class and the Disappearing Defendant, Plaintiff Magazine (Feb, 2019) link.
  • Bond, B. J., Nehmens, A., Compstat: A Police Performance Management Tool. In Wesley Jennings, PhD (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Wiley (2015)
  • Constitutional Law – Wisconsin Supreme Court Interprets Competency Standard to Refuse Medical Treatment in Mentally Ill Patients – Outagamie County v. Melanie L., 10 J. Health & Biomed. L. 297 (2014)

Public Speaking

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Ski and CLE; Lyft Sexual Assault Cases, March 2022
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect, E-Cigarettes: An Emerging Litigation and National Epidemic; March 2019; October 2018
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Ski and CLE; Vapes of Wrath: The Rise of E-Cigarettes; March 2019
  • Perrin Conferences’ National Asbestos Litigation Conference, October 2018

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

In The News

  • CNN: Lyft has yet to disclose sexual assault incidents as cases grow. Link.
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram: ‘A bullet in your pocket’: Lawyers target battery makers in exploding e-cigarette cases. Link.

Pro Bono

Filed Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, Freedom Network USA, and HEAL Trafficking in the matter of Rouse v. Duffie, Sr. et. al.