Nikki A. Hatza

Associate She / Her / Hers
Philadelphia

Nikki Hatza is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, focusing her practice on commercial litigation matters. As a Ballard Spahr summer associate, Nikki drafted memoranda on labor and employment, antitrust, education, and First Amendment issues. She also researched regulatory changes in securities law and labor law and updated corresponding client support resources.

During law school, Nikki interned with the Employment Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she helped prosecute and evaluate Title VII claims. Nikki also interned at HIAS Pennsylvania, where she drafted immigration and asylum applications, and performed client interviews in Spanish and English. As an intern with the Temple Legal Aid Clinic, Nikki represented clients in a variety of family law matters including special immigrant juvenile status adoptions, child custody disputes, and support claims.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Nikki maintains an active pro bono practice. She has worked on prisoners' and civil rights matters including compassionate release petitions, Eighth Amendment appeals, and pardon applications. She has also represented transgender clients in name change petitions.

Professional Activities

Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society

LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Keepers Class of 2020

Speaking Engagements

"Building Bridges Not Walls: Policy Proposals for LGBTQ+ Inclusive Asylum Practices," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

Member, Oshun Family Center Board of Directors

Credentials 

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2020)
Staff Editor, Temple Law Review (Vol. 91)
Note/Comment/Symposium Editor, Temple Law Review (Vol. 92)
2018 Law & Public Policy Scholar
International Criminal Moot Court, Awarded 2020 IBA Best Overall Competition Brief

Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2010)

Languages

Proficient in Spanish

Admissions

Pennsylvania