Nikhil grew up in East Vancouver, attending Walter Moberly Elementary before moving to the North Delta/Surrey area. Coming from a working-class immigrant family, he put himself through school and is the only one of his friends/family to pursue a legal career. He earned an economics degree from the University of Toronto and attended law school at the University of British Columbia. Nikhil has worked at one of Canada's largest business law firms and for the legal team of a major airport. He is currently completing a judicial clerkship for the Courts of British Columbia.