Tatiana A. Nikolaeva


As a commercial litigator, Tatiana Nikolaeva draws on facts and laws to construct compelling cases. Tatiana drafts pleadings and briefs for federal, state, and administrative courts, and conducts legal and factual research. She was born overseas, and her road into the United States was paved with lawsuits, so she knows firsthand what is at stake in litigation. Tatiana's 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.

Prior to law school, Tatiana worked in the film industry, on both the creative and business sides. She personally understands the challenges that 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, a group for students interested in data privacy, security, and innovations. Tatiana also spent a semester at the Samuelson Law and Technology 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.

As a summer associate at a national law firm, Tatiana authored a brief that resulted in the appellate court siding with the client without oral argument. She also conducted legal research on a wide range of federal and state issues.



  • B.S. and M.S. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University 2011
  • M.A. Technische Hochschule Wildau 2011

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • 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

  • Assisting in defending clients in removal proceedings
  • Representing an incarcerated client in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit against prison officials