Kristopher A. Nelson

Kristopher became a lawyer to make the world a little more fair and just.

Kristopher is an attorney at TRE Legal Practice. His work is often done behind the scenes, including legal research and writing and overseeing paralegal services for the firm. He is licensed to practice in the State of California.

During law school, Kristopher externed at the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District and worked at a non-profit doing employment disability law.

Before becoming a practicing attorney, he worked as a web developer and systems administrator and pursued a Ph.D. with a dissertation on the historical impact of technology on privacy law. He has also taught history of science, U.S. history, and legal history to undergraduates.

Kristopher has worked on issues such as service animals denials by ride-share providers under the Americans with Disabilities Act, False Claims Act cases seeking to hold government contractors responsible for the accessibility of the websites they develop, and accessibility cases against private and governmental entities at both the state and federal level.


Education

University of California, San Diego, M.A. in History of Science, 2014
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings), J.D., 2009
University of Washington, B.A. with Honors, 1998


Selected Cases

  • Case Profile: Martinez v. County of Alameda

    Yes, under the ADA, if a blind business owner comes to a government office to file her paper form, staff do need to read and write on official forms under her direction. That’s the jury verdict delivered by a federal jury in California against Alameda County on Tuesday, April 3, 2024. The case is still active. Case Profile >

  • Case Profile: Orozco v. Garland (Dept. of Justice)

    A blind FBI analyst is seeking to make the Department of Justice provide him with accessible workplace software. The case is currently active. Case Profile >

  • Case Profile: Bashin v. Conduent, Inc.

    Bryan Bashin, a blind camping enthusiast, brought suit under the California False Claims Act (CFCA) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act after learning that Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc. and its contractor, US eDirect, Inc., had contracted with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to deliver a public-facing reservations website that was accessible to blind users–and then delivered a website that was not accessible. The case settled in November 2023. Case Profile >