Tatiana A. Nikolaeva


As a commercial litigator and trial attorney, Tatiana Nikolaeva draws on facts and laws to construct compelling cases and present them to judges and jurors. Tatiana was born overseas, and her road into the United States was paved with lawsuits, so she knows firsthand what is at stake in litigation. Her life experience, spanning countries and industries, helps her understand even the most uncommon goals of her clients and think outside the box to find the best ways to achieve them.

Tatiana drafts pleadings and briefs for federal, state, and administrative courts, as well as arbitrations and mediations. She conducts thorough research and investigations, prepares witnesses, and assists with depositions. Tatiana often serves as the lead associate on cases and sometimes acts as a second chair when those cases go to trial. She has experience handling a broad range of litigation, including commercial, transactional, real property, construction, First Amendment, privacy, and employment matters.

Prior to law school, Tatiana worked in the film industry, on both the creative and business sides. She personally understands the challenges players in the industry face and weaves her experience into her legal practice.

During law school, Tatiana focused her studies on the intersection of law and technology, including data privacy and security, privileges applicable to data, intellectual property, the Fourth Amendment, digital surveillance, and computer crime. She led Privacy Law at Berkeley (PrivLAB), a group of students interested in data privacy, security, and innovations, and received a Westin Scholar Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) for her accomplishments in that role. Tatiana also spent a semester at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, where she researched a wide range of topics related to technology, surveillance, and access to privileged data. To hone her practical skills, Tatiana competed in three moot courts, including a cybersecurity moot court, and wrote six briefs. She also donated nearly 100 hours to pro bono matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys.



  • J.D. University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • M.A. Technische Hochschule Wildau, Berlin, Germany
  • B.S. and M.S. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Associations
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, U.S. (CIPP/US)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E)
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)


  • Russian


Pro Bono

  • Representing an incarcerated client in federal civil rights litigation against prison officials

  • Acted as a second chair in removal proceedings and helped achieve dismissal of the proceedings, freeing the clients’ path to file affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • Acted as a second chair in a two-week bench trial representing a foster mother who sought de facto parent status for her foster daughter