Nadezhda Nikonova

Nadezhda Nikonova: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Nadezhda Nikonova is an associate in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on high-technology cartel and monopolization cases. She has special experience working with expert witnesses and applying sophisticated economic analysis to antitrust law.

Ms. Nikonova earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was awarded the Certificate in Business Law. During law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Business Law Journal, clerked at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, and served as a research assistant to revise an antitrust law textbook.

Ms. Nikonova formerly worked as an economic analyst with expert witnesses on antitrust litigation and merger clearance matters. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in economics and psychology from UCLA.


•Law Clerk at the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition, Western Region, 2011


Defending a manufacturer of cathode ray tubes in class actions by direct purchasers, indirect purchasers, and opt-outs asserting claims of industry-wide price fixing. In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litig., MDL. No. 1917 (N.D. Cal.)

Representing a leading multinational electronics company in price-fixing actions concerning rechargeable lithium ion batteries. In re Lithium ion Batteries Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2420 (N.D. Cal.)

Representing prominent smartphone and tablet manufacturer in global patent and standards related antitrust governmental proceedings.

Successfully represented an online lender exchange against antitrust counterclaims arising from assertion of patent infringement claims. LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc. et al. (W.D.N.C.)

Represented Samsung SDI against price-fixing claims involving TFT-LCD products. In re TFT-LCD (FLAT PANEL) Antitrust Litig., MDL. No 1827 (N.D. Cal.)

Utilized Russian-language skills in numerous cases to revise contracts, review evidence, and conduct foreign legal research.

Conducted proffers to international jurisdictions in high stakes price-fixing cases.


•Northern District of California Releases Comprehensive Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements
Los Angeles Daily Journal , November 28, 2018
•AmEx Ruling May Have Big Impact On Health Insurance
Law360 , July 17, 2018
•The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Private Global Antitrust Litigation: Increasingly Serious Implications for U.S. Practitioners
Competition (Calif. State Bar Antitrust Section publication) , Fall 2016
•Inside The EU's Overcharge Pass-On Study
Law360 , October 27, 2016
•A Matter of Class: A look at the collective action regimes in the UK and US
Competition Law Insight , December 8, 2015
• False Advertising and Antitrust Law: Sometimes the Twain Should Meet, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, August 13, 2014
•Monthly Contributor, ABA Section of Antitrust, Intellectual Property E-Bulletin

Antitrust Law Blog Posts

• Eleventh Circuit Denies Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Interlocutory Appeal Challenging Application of Per Se Rule In Multidistrict Litigation In Alabama, December 17, 2018
• N.D. Cal. Releases Comprehensive Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements, November 15, 2018
• U.S. Department of Justice Settles Anti-Steering Suit Against Hospital System; First Such Settlement After Amex SCOTUS Decision, November 26, 2018
• N.D. Cal. Releases Comprehensive Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements, November 15, 2018
• AmEx Ruling May Have Big Impact on Health Insurance, July 19, 2018
• FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger, July 10, 2017
• Exclusive Agreement Between Hospital and Insurance Plan Does Not Violate Section 1, June 22, 2017
• Antitrust Not Always Available in Competitor Disputes in the Healthcare Sector, March 16, 2017
• Evolving Private Remedies for Competition Infringements in Europe: Class Actions in the U.K., October 19, 2015
• LCD Court Dismisses Motorola’s Multi-Billion Dollar Antitrust Claims Based On Overseas Purchases, February 5, 2014
• Plaintiffs Hit an Illinois Brick Wall: Indirect Purchasers of iPhone Apps Lack Standing to Bring Antitrust Suit, December 19, 2013
• Brick By Illinois Brick: Ninth Circuit Builds High Wall For Indirect Purchaser Suits, August 10, 2012

Healthcare Law Blog

• U.S. Department of Justice Settles Anti-Steering Suit Against Hospital System; First Such Settlement After Amex SCOTUS Decision, November 26, 2018

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

• Federal Government’s Eminent Domain Power Trumps California’s Sovereign Public Trust Title,” July 20, 2012
• Impacts On Required Public Services Not An Environmental Impact; No Mitigation Required,” July 12, 2012

Video Game Law Blog Posts

• EU Investigating Geo-Blocking of Online Video Games, May 14, 2015

Speaking Engagements

•September 2014 Monthly Consumer Protection Update, ABA Antitrust Section, October 14, 2014


• Breakfast with Europe Webinar Series
April 20, 2017


•Nota Bene Episode 11: The Proliferation of Platforms and Their Role in Our Economy with Nady Nikonova
November 14, 2018

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Healthcare
  • International Reach
  • International Trade and Investment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415.774.3140  Phone
415.434.3947  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, college honors, 2006
Law School Attended:
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Certificate in Business Law, Editor-In-Chief of theBerkeley Business Law Journal, Research Assistant to Professor Aaron S. Edlin, Business Economics and Psychology, 2013
Year of First Admission:
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; California


•Young Lawyer Representative, ABA Antitrust Section's Joint Conduct Committee, 2016-2017
•American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property Committee and Economics Committee
•State Bar of California
•Bar Association of San Francisco
•Association of Business Trial Lawyers


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