Nikki A. Hatza

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Nikki Hatza is a litigator focusing her practice on commercial litigation, investigations, education law, and government affairs. She has experience assisting financial services clients with anti-money laundering matters and investigations by state and federal regulators. She also assists government clients in election law matters. Nikki has a teaching background and brings that experience to bear in assisting education clients with Title IX matters.

Nikki also has experience in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training field and is a member of Ballard Spahr’s DEI Counseling Team, which advises organizations on internal anti-discrimination policies and best practices.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Nikki maintains an active pro bono practice. Her pro bono work includes representing clients in LGBTQ asylum claims, prisoners’ rights cases, and civil rights matters. She also has experience reviewing proposed election law legislation; providing regulatory counseling on reproductive justice matters; filing name change petitions for transgender clients; researching juvenile justice policy matters; and drafting expungement and pardon applications.

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

Board Observer, ACLU-PA, Philadelphia Bar Foundation Board Observer Program (2021-2022)



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)


Proficient in Spanish