Nathaniel Zwerdling’s Biography

Nathaniel (Nate) Zwerdling was born and raised in Humboldt County and graduated from Arcata High School in 2007.  Nate completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and then earned a law degree from Santa Clara Law  a few years later. 

After graduation, Nate passed up legal opportunities in Silicon Valley and chose instead to practice in Humboldt County — the community he loves and considers home.

Nate has experience in a variety of legal fields.  Before law school, Nate learned many tools of the trade as paralegal in an insurance defense litigation firm, Michel & Fackler, APC.  While in law school, Nate clerked at the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office.  He also worked at Bay Area Bicycle Law, a San Francisco personal injury law firm specializing solely in the representation of bicycle accident plaintiffs.  During his third year of law school, Nate clerked for the Honorable Conrad L. Rushing, the presiding Justice of California’s 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose.

During law school, Nate served as an associate on the Santa Clara Law Review and was selected to compete as a finalist in the Galloway Moot Court Competition.  Nate received CALI and Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence for classes he took on Transitional Justice and International Human Rights Law.

An avid musician and music aficionado, Nate plays upright and electric bass in several local bands.  Nate also enjoys sports, reading, history, and traveling,.  In his free time, you will often find Nate running, cycling, hiking and backpacking all over the North Coast.

He shares his father’s dedication to providing the best quality legal representation to those injured by the wrongdoing of others.  Nate is also looking forward to working with Heidi Holmquist Wells on criminal defense matters.

Endorsement from Michael Stephenson, Esq – Managing Attorney At Bay Area Bicycle Law:

Nathaniel worked for us at Bay Area Bicycle Law a few years back and did a great job. I particularly remember one case in which we attempted for the first time in our firm’s history to seek punitive damages against a reckless driver who was not intoxicated and who the police and DA had already cleared of wrongdoing (it is very uncommon to seek punitive damages in such a situation). Although we were able to find five witnesses to corroborate that the driver appeared to have intentionally struck our client in a fit of road rage, the driver’s insurance company fought tooth and nail, filing brief after brief, to get the court to strike our claim for punitive damages. Nathaniel did a fantastic job helping us prepare responses and with his help we ultimately prevailed and achieved a fantastic outcome that, justly, was almost 40 times the amount of our client’s medical expenses.   

– Michael Stephenson, Attorney