Nathan W. Bear

Nathan W. Bear


We have made it our long-standing mission to recover investors’ losses due to corporate fraud and manipulation.


Nathan Bear is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego office. He has recovered over $1 billion for investors, including In re Cardinal Health, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($600 million) and Jones v. Pfizer Inc. ($400 million). In addition to initiating securities fraud class actions in the United States, he possesses direct experience in potential group actions in the United Kingdom, settlements in the European Union under the Wet Collectieve Afwikkeling Massaschade (WCAM), the Dutch Collective Mass Claims Settlement Act, as well as representative actions in Germany utilizing the Kapitalanlegermusterverfahrensgesetz (KapMuG), the Capital Market Investors’ Model Proceeding Act.

In Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., Nate commenced a lawsuit resulting in the first major ruling upholding fraud allegations against the chief credit rating agencies. That ruling led to the filing of a similar case, King County, Washington v. IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG. These cases, arising from the fraudulent ratings of bonds issued by the Cheyne and Rhinebridge structured investment vehicles, ultimately obtained landmark settlements – on the eve of trial – from the major credit rating agencies and Morgan Stanley. Nate maintained an active role in litigation at the heart of the worldwide financial crisis, and is currently pursuing banks over their manipulation of LIBOR, FOREX and other benchmark rates, in addition to representing investors damaged by Volkswagen’s defeat device scandal.

The San Diego Daily Transcript named Nate an Outstanding Young Attorney in 2011, and San Diego’s Super Lawyers Magazine awarded him the title of Rising Star in both 2015 and 2016.

Nate earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the proud recipient of the prestigious Alumni Scholarship. Upon graduation he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, first advising Fortune 500 companies, then counseling venture-backed software companies as they were acquired by publicly traded corporations. Nate then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Copley Press Scholarship and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard D. Huffman of the California Court of Appeal.


  • Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2015-2016
  • Outstanding Young Attorneys, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2011

Practice Areas


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2006

  •  Honorable Gerald Brown Progress Award
  • CALI/AmJur Award in California Civil Procedure
  • CALI/AmJur Award in Labor Law

University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1998, Political Science


  • California
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Notable Cases




  • Nathan Bear, “De opkomst van wereldwijde procesvoering over effecten [The Rise of Global Securities Litigation],” in Goud Geld: De staat van de financiële sector 275-81 (2016) (Dutch).
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