Nikki J. Kerman (née Hasselbarth)

Nikki Kerman

Nikki Kerman (née Hasselbarth) focuses her practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on a variety of tax and governance matters, including the formation of new tax-exempt organizations, the termination of private foundation status, charitable solicitation registration, and general tax and corporate compliance requirements. Nikki also counsels for-profit clients on a variety of charitable fundraising matters, such as commercial co-venture campaigns, and assists high-net-worth individuals with charitable giving, and estate and business succession planning. A respected advocate, she is adept at managing the matters critical to maintaining successful operations while guiding clients through the most challenging and nuanced issues.

Nikki is a member of the California and Maryland bars. Prior to law school, she honed her creative problem-solving skills and learned to think on her feet as a Teach For America corps member in Houston, Texas. Nikki is now an active member of the Venable Success Network, the firm’s affinity group designed to empower Black attorneys through fostering and promoting strong professional networks and educational initiatives. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.), a nonprofit organization providing financial and academic support to low-income, academically ambitious Black students attending independent schools in the Baltimore area. 




  • J.D. Duke University School of Law 2014
    • Booth Scholar (merit-based scholarship)
    • Senior research editor, Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy
    • Lead editor, Duke Forum for Law & Social Change
  • B.A. Columbia University 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Professional Advisory Network, Motion Picture and Television Fund
  • Former president, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Exempt Organizations Committee
  • Participant, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), The Sources of Success Program
  • Member, American Bar Association Section on Taxation; Tax Practice Management, Fiduciary Income Tax, and Exempt Organizations Committees
  • John S. Nolan Fellow, American Bar Association Section on Taxation


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2024
  • Variety, Legal Impact Report, 2023
  • California Community Foundation, Rising Star, 2021
  • The Daily Record, 20 in Their Twenties, 2016



  • Member, Board of Trustees, Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.)