Nicholas Goldberg
Tel. (415) 676-2298


UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2010

Brown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005

Prior Experience

Williams & Connolly


Hon. Christina A. Snyder
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2010-2011

Bar Admissions


Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Goldberg

Nick Goldberg handles a broad range of complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal matters. Since joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the fall of 2013, he has handled cases involving intellectual property, contract, fraud, securities, administrative and water law, and corporate disputes. Mr. Goldberg was part of the trial team for the San Diego County Water Authority in its successful challenge to unlawful rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which resulted in the invalidation of MWD’s rates over four separate years. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, in which he represents clients in high-impact litigation.    

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Goldberg graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2010, where he was an Articles Editor for the California Law Review and intern at the East Bay Community Law Center. In 2005, he graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an A.B. in Political Science and History.  

Cases of Note

County of Santa Clara v. Trump et al.: Representing the County of Santa Clara, Keker, Van Nest & Peters won a nationwide injunction against President Donald J. Trump’s January 2017 executive order that attempted to defund state and local governments deemed to be “sanctuary jurisdictions.” KVP argued that the executive order violated the Constitution’s separation of powers, the Tenth Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. In granting the motion for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick determined that the County was likely to succeed on all four of its constitutional claims, and that the County is suffering immediate and irreparable harm.

San Diego County Water Authority v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: In 2015, we won the largest plaintiff's award of the year in California for the San Diego County Water Authority in its long-running fight with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD is the regional water wholesaler for most of Southern California. San Diego sued MWD for charging San Diego inflated and illegal water transportation rates, and breaching a contract between the parties. After a three-week bench trial that played out in two phases over the course of fifteen months, the court found that MWD’s rates violated numerous California statutory and constitutional provisions, and awarded our client $188 million in contract damages, plus $43 million in prejudgment interest, and other declaratory relief, including a forward-looking writ of mandate directing MWD to set future rates in compliance with the court’s order.


Honors and Awards

  • Top Plaintiff's Verdict by DollarThe Daily Journal, 2016. On behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority, we won more than $230 million in damages and prejudgment interest against Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The ruling will save San Diego water customers as much as $2 billion over the next several years.
  • Advocacy Award, Written & Oral Advocacy
  • Prosser Prize, Local Government Law
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