James Nikraftar

James Nikraftar

James Nikraftar
Santa Monica
+1 424 252 6345

James Nikraftar is an associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Mr. Nikraftar focuses his practice on complex intellectual property and securities disputes and appellate litigation. He has worked with a wide range of clients in the technology and life sciences spaces. He joined Goodwin in 2018.


  • Defended a social media company in a securities dispute in concerning fraud allegations
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in a licensing dispute
  • Represented an individual in a complex litigation involving trade secret misappropriation
  • Defended a major financial institution in appellate proceedings concerning consumer rights issues
  • Representing plaintiffs in a civil rights action and appeal concerning disability discrimination

Professional Activities

Mr. Nikraftar is a member of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Nikraftar has a robust pro bono practice which includes providing counsel and representing plaintiffs in civil rights matters, representing refugee asylum seekers from Afghanistan and South America, and work with the Loyola Project for the Innocent.

Professional Experience

Before attending law school, Mr. Nikraftar worked as a hedge fund analyst in New York City before leading the quantitative analytics team at a venture capital firm in Philadelphia.




University of Southern California, Gould School of Law


Yeshiva University

(cum laude)



  • California

Recognition & Awards

While in law school, Mr. Nikraftar received the Edward G. Lewis Champion Award as the winner of the USC Hale Moot Court Honors Program.


Co-Author, “California Supreme Court Review: September 2022,” Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal, October 10, 2022