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Harmeet K. Dhillon
Harmeet K. Dhillon
Founding Attorney

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Harmeet Dhillon is a nationally recognized lawyer, trusted boardroom advisor, and passionate advocate for individual, corporate and institutional clients across numerous industries and walks of life. Her focus is in commercial litigation, employment law, First Amendment rights, and election law matters.

History

From an early interest in constitutional litigation, to a stint at the Department of Justice, federal appeals court clerkship, decade of practice at prestigious international law firms, and then founding her own law firm in 2006, Harmeet’s legal career has been marked by a passion for justice, a zeal for attacking legal challenges, and an intense sense of satisfaction in helping her clients realize creative and practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Following a clerkship with the Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Ms. Dhillon’s practice in New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area has focused on federal and state commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on unfair competition/trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property (including trademark litigation and internet torts), complex contractual disputes, and First Amendment litigation (including defamation, trade libel, right of publicity, and anti-SLAPP motions). Harmeet’s broad experience also encompasses securities, entertainment, employment discrimination and civil rights matters.

Ms. Dhillon has developed a niche practice in representing clients across California in election and campaign law matters, ranging from general compliance and ethics representation for partisan and non-partisan contenders to ballot description contests and intellectual property matters pertaining to campaign communications. She is regularly retained by candidates and campaigns for advice on complex legal issues.

A Trusted and Skilled Attorney

Harmeet has practiced before numerous state and federal courts and administrative tribunals across the United States, has successfully handled several trials (jury and bench), arbitrations (including international), and mediations, and has resolved many business disputes prior to the initiation of litigation. Admitted to practice law in New York and California, she has been a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Harmeet’s clients at Dhillon Law Group have included e-Commerce leaders, private companies, entrepreneurs, celebrities, film and music artists, authors, advertising executives, franchisees, public utilities, educational institutions and nonprofits.

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Experience:

  • Of Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (San Francisco)
  • Senior Associate, Cooley Godward LLC (Palo Alto)
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York, London)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer (United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Baltimore))
  • Law Clerk, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Constitutional Torts Section (D.C.)

Education:

  • Dartmouth College, A.B. Classical Studies
  • University of Virginia, J.D. (Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review)

Practice Areas:

  • General and Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Campaign and Election Law
  • Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets)
  • Securities Litigation
  • Corporate Governance Issues
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • First Amendment (Right of Publicity, Slander, Defamation, Trade Libel, and anti-SLAPP)
  • Entertainment Transactions and Litigation

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • District of Massachusetts
    • District of Delaware
    • Western District of Washington
    • Northern District of Texas
    • Southern District of Texas

 

Selected Publications:

When Employees Speak for the State The Daily Journal 2015
Guarding the Liberties of Religious America          
 The Daily Journal 2015
Downward Facing Dogma?   
The Daily Journal 2015
Outside the Box
The Daily Journal 2015

 

Republicans, Campaign Committee Settle 
Elephant Litigation
The Sacramento Bee 2015
Indian Americans Speak Out After Loretta 
Sanchez Gaffe
LA Times 2015
California Republican Party Files Trademark
Lawsuit Against Democrat-Controlled Political
Action Committee
CAGOP 2015
State GOP Files Trademark Infringement 
Complaint Against Labor-backed PAC
EBCitizen 2015
SD7: The Saga of the GOP Elephant Logo Contra Costa Times 2015

 

Punished for Politics: Viewpoint Discrimination
Daily Journal 2014
Creative Expression Can Help Make Better Lawyers San Francisco Attorney 2013
Diversity Lacking Among Mediators, Some 
Attorneys Say 
 Daily Journal  2012
State Prisons Settle Discrimination Case
Daily Journal  2011
 Activists Lose Fight to Grab LA GOP Leadership  Los Angeles Daily News  2010

 

State Prisons Settle Discrimination Case
Will the Real LA County GOP Please Stand Up?  FlashReport 2010
 
The Emergence of Sikh Advocacy
 Civil Rights in Wartime  2009
The New Gold Rush? Wireless Opportunities for Colleges and Universities Through EBS Broadcast Spectrum Leases
 University Business  2007
 
Brother Sister Legal Team Fights to Protect Bay Area Sikhs
 The Recorder 2001
 Preliminary Injunctive Relief in the Federal Courts ALI/ABA publication  1996

 

Representative Speaking Engagements:

LLC vs Corporation: What’s the Right Business Structure for Entrepreneurial Political Practitioners? American Association of Political Consultants June, 2016
“What Korean Airline Crashes Can Teach Us About Diversity” National Pacific American Bar Association Western Regional Conference July, 2010
SLAPP Litigation – Free Speech in the Commercial and Political Context Law.com CLE Presentation June, 2010
“Ashcroft v. Iqbal” – The Importance of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Civil Rights Litigation Bar Association of San Francisco CLE Presentation June, 2010
Trade Secret Litigation: The New Method to Protect Theft of Intellectual Property Minority Corporate Counsel Association 9th Annual CLE Expo (Chicago) March, 2010
Reflections on Balancing a Career of Litigation, Pro Bono and Civic Involvement SABA Sacramento Annual Gala March, 2010
So You Think You Want to Run for Public Office 21st Annual NAPABA Convention (Boston) November, 2009
A Conversation with New South Asians in Politics NASABA Convention (Vancouver) June, 2009
Panelist on Presidential Campaigns Minority Bar Council Conference (Golden Gate Law School, San Francisco) July, 2008
Ethical Issues: What Do You Do When Your Friend Crosses the Line? NAPABA Convention (Seattle) November, 2008
Running for Office as a South Asian Lawyer NASABA Convention (Chicaco) June, 2008

Civic Leadership:

 

Selected Awards:

  • Top 100 Lawyers in California – Daily Journal, 2018
  • “SALDEF Public Service Award” – Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), 2013
  • “Woman Leader in Law” – The Recorder, 2012
  • “Cornerstone Award” – North American South Asian Bar Association, 2012
  • “Northern California Super Lawyer” – Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011-2012
  • “Outstanding Attorney Award” – South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, 2010
  • “Best Lawyers Under 40” – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2007
  • Centennial Foundation of Canada Distinguished Community Service Award, 2003
  • Minority Bar Council Outstanding Community Service Award, 2002

 

Krista L. Baughman
Krista L. Baughman
Attorney

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Krista Baughman is a Partner of the firm, whose focus is in commercial litigation, First Amendment rights, and intellectual property and privacy issues.

Krista’s clients include private companies, CEOs, nonprofit organizations, gig economy companies, trade associations, celebrities, authors, and students. Across the board, Krista’s clients appreciate her judgment, creativity, and devoted partnership in helping them navigate the most stressful and high-stakes problems in their business and personal lives.

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Krista’s broad experience includes complex contractual disputes, unfair competition/trade secret misappropriation, intellectual property issues (including trademark and copyright litigation, and internet torts), and First Amendment litigation (including defamation, trade libel, and right of publicity). Krista has also developed a niche practice in California anti-SLAPP law, and has successfully handled numerous anti-SLAPP cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Krista litigates in state courts throughout California, and in federal courts around the nation. She has successfully handled multiple mediations and has resolved many business disputes prior to the initiation of litigation. Krista is admitted to practice in the States of New York and California, and is proficient in French.

Education:

  • Lehigh University, B.A. International Relations, magna cum laude
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude

Court Admissions:

  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Southern District of California
Nitoj Paul Singh
Nitoj Paul Singh
Attorney

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Nitoj joined the firm in 2010, and became a partner in 2016. He represents both publicly traded and private companies across a wide range of industries, including, information technology, life science, green energy, agricultural, and entertainment companies, in complex federal and state court litigation. Nitoj’s practice focuses on internet/social commerce, trademark, trade secrets, unfair competition, supply chain, business tort, and contract disputes. Nitoj also advises on emerging company formation, commercial transactions, and intellectual property issues for both domestic and international business entities. He has represented clients in actions across the United States, including throughout California, Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

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A sample of Nitoj’s representative clients include: Yelp Inc., Mendocino Brewing Company, NETGEAR, Inc., Ticketfly, Inc., appbackr inc., Connectifier Inc., Willow.TV, Little Bee Impex, One Block Off the Grid, Inc., Mevio, Inc., Corona Labs Inc., and AAT Bioquest, Inc.

Nitoj received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis – School of Law. In law school, he served as an Executive Editor for the UC Davis School of Law – Business Law Journal. Prior to law school, Nitoj received a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and a M.S. in Biology from New York University. Nitoj additionally has extensive professional biotechnical and pharmaceutical technical experience.

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Prior Experience:

  • Principal, Nitoj Singh Law (Castro Valley, CA)
  • Summer Associate, Fernandez & Associates, LLP (Menlo Park, CA)
  • Legal Fellow, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (Washington DC)

Education:

  • University of California, Davis – School of Law – J.D.
  • New York University, M.S. Biology – Specialization: Recombinant DNA Technology
  • University of California, Davis – B.S. Genetics

Court Admissions:

  • California
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit
    • United States District Courts
      • Northern District of California
      • Central District of California
      • Southern District of California
      • Southern District of Texas
      • Southern District of New York
      • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Gregory Michael
Gregory Michael
Attorney

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Greg joined Dhillon Law Group as a law clerk in 2014, and as an associate in 2015. Greg’s practice focuses primarily on business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and employment counseling and litigation. He represents both employees and employers in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He also supports all areas of the firm’s broad litigation and counseling practice.

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Greg received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, Greg was an articles editor on the Hastings Law Journal. He also participated in Hastings’ moot court program as a competitor, coach, teaching assistant, and board member. During his third year, he was admitted to the Hastings Appellate Project where he fully briefed an appeal before the Ninth Circuit, and received an Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono for providing over 150 hours of free legal services. He was also an executive officer in the UC Hastings OUTLAW organization.

Prior to law school, Greg attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics. During his undergraduate career, Greg worked in several scientific and computer research institutions, including the Planetary Systems Branch of NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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Education:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – J.D. with a Certificate in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 2015
  • University of California, Berkeley – B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics, 2012

Bar Admissions:

California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Publication:

  • The New Plague: False Claims Liability Based on Inequitable Conduct During Patent Prosecution, 25 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L. J. 747 (2015) (co-authors William Newsom and Matt Avery).
Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming
Associate

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Michael joined Dhillon Law Group as a paralegal in 2014, as a law clerk in 2016 and 2017, and as an associate in 2018. Michael’s practice focuses primarily on litigation and counseling related to employment law. He represents both employers and employees in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour compliance. In addition to this, Michael also supports the Dhillon Law Group’s broad litigation practice.
Michael obtained his law degree from the Wake Forest University, School of Law. While at Wake Forest, Michael served as the Research Editor of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. In addition to this, Michael was a board member of the Moot Court Board, the Pro Bono Executive Board, and Phi Alpha Delta. Michael also externed at the North Carolina Business Court with the Honorable Michael L. Robinson.

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Education:

  • Wake Forest University, School of Law, J.D., 2018
  • University of California, Davis – B.A. in Political Science and History, 2012

Court Admissions:

  • Northern District of California
Dorothy Yamamoto
Dorothy Yamamoto
Associate

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Dorothy Yamamoto joined Dhillon Law Group in 2019. Dorothy’s practice focuses primarily on litigation and counseling related to employment and labor law. She represents both employees and employers in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour compliance. She also supports all areas of the firm’s broad litigation and counseling practice.

Prior to Dhillon Law Group, Dorothy practiced in workers’ compensation law, representing employers and insurance companies on claims filed by injured employees as well as 132a discrimination claims. She also taught Legal Research and Writing I and II as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Dorothy received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, Dorothy was on the Hastings Law Journal, and participated in Hastings’ moot court program as a competitor, coach, teaching assistant, and board member. She was also admitted to the Hastings Appellate Project where she fully briefed an appeal before the Ninth Circuit, and argued before the Ninth Circuit panel.

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Education:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – J.D., 2015
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in English Literature with high honors – 2010
Soha Malik
Soha Malik
Paralegal

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Soha Malik joined Dhillon Law Group as a paralegal in 2018. Her multifaceted role supports all areas of the firms broad litigation and counseling practice. Prior to joining the DLG team, Soha worked directly with corporations and LLCs as the primary interface with corporate governance, equity plans, private placement financings and M&A.

Soha attended the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State concurrently, earning a degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Science and International Relations. She spent her summers in Los Angeles as a legal assistant for the District Attorney’s Office and a judicial Law Clark, providing legal support and trial preparation to the court and prosecution.

Soha was actively involved in Speech and Debate at Berkeley. She served as a tournament director and event judge, and participated as a competitor in informative, impromptu, and interpretative speaking events. She won top honors at the National Speech and Debate champion tournaments in each of her events.

Soha is deeply committed to public service and advocates for mental health. She works as a Crisis Counselor and Youth Mentor for the Crisis Text Line.

In her free time, Soha works as a Fashion Stylist for local Clothing Companies and Media.

Parsa Nozzari
Parsa Nozzari
Summer Associate

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Harmeet Dhillon was voted one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in 2019, and recognized as one of Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2018 by Daily Journal.

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