Nick Soltman handles a wide range of complex litigation matters, including entertainment, intellectual property, general commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal defense.  His experience includes pretrial investigation, motion practice, fact and expert discovery, witness preparation, and appeals. Before entering into private practice, Nick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Ikuta of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a fund in a fraud suit against a national real estate appraiser in connection with a master planned community that went bankrupt. After lengthy discovery, the case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Represented the National Football League, in suits brought by former players arising from alleged neurological damage due to concussions. The court overseeing the multidistrict litigation has preliminarily approved a class-wide settlement.
  • Represented James Arthur Ray, a New York Times bestselling author and motivational speaker, in the appeal of his conviction for negligent homicide, arising out of three deaths that occurred during a sweat lodge ceremony.

Admissions, Memberships & Qualifications

  • California State Bar (member)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California; Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Clerk to the Honorable Sandra Ikuta of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2010–2011)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

Honors & Awards

  • “Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “What About Me (Too)?” The Case for Admitting Evidence of Discrimination Against Non-Parties,” University of Chicago Law Review (76 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1875 (2009))


  • Amherst College (Anthropology; French, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Publisher, The Amherst Student) B.A., 2006
  • University of Chicago Law School (with honors; Joseph Henry Beale Prize for outstanding performance in Legal Research and Writing; Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Prize for outstanding appellate brief writing; Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review; Exoneration Project), J.D., 2010