Katlyn K. Nelms

Associate

Clients rely on Katlyn Nelms to deliver creative, practical, and effective solutions to an array of legal issues, with emphasis on business transactions, real estate, and food and agriculture.

Katlyn represents clients in various business matters, primarily focusing on transactional matters. She regularly assists clients with entity formation, stock and asset purchases, commercial real estate transactions, and issues impacting the food and agriculture industry.

Katlyn has experience assisting clients with company governance, transition matters, and real estate development documents, including title reviews, commercial real estate leases, and purchase and sale agreements. Katlyn’s practice also involves entity formation for cooperatives and nonprofit companies. Additionally, Katlyn enjoys assisting food companies, wineries, and farmers in navigating compliance with California’s complex regulatory environment.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group
  • Association of Commercial Real Estate
  • California Lawyers Association, Business Law Agribusiness Committee
  • California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • UC Davis Business Law Society, Co-Founder
  • UC Davis Wine Law Society, President, 2018-2019
  • UC Davis Environmental Law Society, 2017-2020
  • UC Davis Tax Law Society, 2018-2020
  • UC Davis Law School Academic Success Program, Tutor, 2018-2019
  • UC Davis Business Law Journal, Executive Editor, 2018-2020

Honors & Rankings

  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2024
  • Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Wine Law, Constitutional Law II, Federal Income Taxation, Marital Property, California’s Housing Framework
  • Counsels food companies on compliance with the complex regulatory environment in California, ranging from challenges with state and federal agencies to local ordinances.
  • Assisted growers in pesticide drift claims.
  • Assisted grape growers in recovering unpaid invoices from wineries, ranging from the use of demand letters to filing a breach of contract action.
  • Assisted clients in compliance with pesticide regulations, including appeals to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
  • Assisted a food company in an appeal to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Drafted corporate documents including company waivers, member agreements, partnership agreements, and corporate bylaws.
  • Assisted in the legal deed review process for a large corporate transaction.
  • Assisted clients in demanding compliance with severance agreements and contract terms.

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Katlyn was raised working on her family’s blueberry farm, where she developed a passion for food and agriculture. During her time in San Luis Obispo, she became intrigued by the legal issues surrounding food and agriculture, including wine law. Katlyn subsequently became involved in the Wine Law and Business Law  program at UC Davis School of Law where she served on the board. Katlyn enjoys any time spent outdoors, with her dog, and with her family.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group
  • Association of Commercial Real Estate
  • California Lawyers Association, Business Law Agribusiness Committee
  • California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • UC Davis Business Law Society, Co-Founder
  • UC Davis Wine Law Society, President, 2018-2019
  • UC Davis Environmental Law Society, 2017-2020
  • UC Davis Tax Law Society, 2018-2020
  • UC Davis Law School Academic Success Program, Tutor, 2018-2019
  • UC Davis Business Law Journal, Executive Editor, 2018-2020

Honors & Rankings

  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2024
  • Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Wine Law, Constitutional Law II, Federal Income Taxation, Marital Property, California’s Housing Framework