Elise M. Nelson is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins.

Ms. Nelson represents clients in complex antitrust law matters, including defending companies in US and multi-jurisdictional merger control and review investigations as well as competitive conduct investigations and antitrust litigation. She also advises on antitrust conduct matters, including pricing and distribution law issues as well as corporate antitrust compliance programs. Ms. Nelson’s practice covers a wide range of industries, including high-tech, entertainment, retail and consumer goods, life sciences, manufacturing, transportation, and semiconductors.

Ms. Nelson joined the firm in 2019 after working in the Washington, D.C. office of another leading international law firm. She previously worked as a legal intern in the Office of a former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. She is active in the ABA Antitrust Section and currently serves as an assistant editor for the Antitrust Law Journal.

Ms. Nelson’s experience includes representing:

  • American Airlines in connection with DOJ’s Section 1 challenge to its Northeast Alliance with JetBlue
  • Permira on its acquisition of Kedrion Biopharma and BPL
  • GTCR in connection with its majority investment in PathGroup
  • NVIDIA on multiple transactions, including its proposed acquisition of Arm
  • Intuit on the acquisition of Credit Karma
  • Honey Science Corporation on its acquisition by PayPal
  • ZF Friedrichshafen on the acquisition of WABCO
  • Maersk Line A/S on the acquisition of Hamburg Süd*
  • Private equity companies on multiple transactions in the travel technology business*
  • DAE on the acquisition of AWAS*


  • “The Tokenization of Consumer Surplus: New Antitrust Tools in Web3 Markets”, CPI TechReg Chronical, January 2023
  • “Judicial Cost-Benefit Analysis Meets Economics: Evidence from State Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Laws”, Antitrust Law Journal, Winter 2017
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But Planning For It Can Be Even Harder)", The M&A Lawyer, July/August 2017

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • JD, George Mason University School of Law, 2016
    cum laude
  • MA in International Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012
  • BA, Hope College, 2008
    cum laude