Harmeet K. Dhillon

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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.

From Harmeet’s interview<https://www.reellawyers.com/attorneys/commercial/san-francisco/harmeet-k-dhillon> for the Masters of the Courtroom series on ReelLawyers.com


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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  • 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.)


  • 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
    • Eleventh 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:

Problematic Women: Ladies, Know Your First Amendment RightsThe Daily Signal2020
When Employees Speak for the StateThe Daily Journal2015
Guarding the Liberties of Religious America          
 The Daily Journal2015
Downward Facing Dogma?   
The Daily Journal2015
Outside the Box
The Daily Journal2015


Republicans, Campaign Committee Settle 
Elephant Litigation
The Sacramento Bee2015
Indian Americans Speak Out After Loretta 
Sanchez Gaffe
LA Times2015
California Republican Party Files Trademark
Lawsuit Against Democrat-Controlled Political
Action Committee
State GOP Files Trademark Infringement 
Complaint Against Labor-backed PAC
SD7: The Saga of the GOP Elephant LogoContra Costa Times2015


Punished for Politics: Viewpoint Discrimination
Daily Journal2014
Creative Expression Can Help Make Better LawyersSan Francisco Attorney2013
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? FlashReport2010
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 Recorder2001
 Preliminary Injunctive Relief in the Federal CourtsALI/ABA publication 1996


Representative Speaking Engagements:

Holding an Election During a Pandemic: States’ Regulatory Changes, Litigation, and Election Administration Procedural RealitiesRNLA WebinarJune, 2020
Emergency and Police Power: Property Claims in Times of CrisisAmerican Bar Association MCLE PresentationJuly, 2020
Issues Affecting the 2020 Elections: Rights, Reform, and the Power of WomenAmerican Bar Association MCLE PresentationJuly, 2020
LLC vs Corporation: What’s the Right Business Structure for Entrepreneurial Political Practitioners?American Association of Political ConsultantsJune, 2016
“What Korean Airline Crashes Can Teach Us About Diversity”National Pacific American Bar Association Western Regional ConferenceJuly, 2010
SLAPP Litigation – Free Speech in the Commercial and Political ContextLaw.com CLE PresentationJune, 2010
“Ashcroft v. Iqbal” – The Importance of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Civil Rights LitigationBar Association of San Francisco CLE PresentationJune, 2010
Trade Secret Litigation: The New Method to Protect Theft of Intellectual PropertyMinority Corporate Counsel Association 9th Annual CLE Expo (Chicago)March, 2010
Reflections on Balancing a Career of Litigation, Pro Bono and Civic InvolvementSABA Sacramento Annual GalaMarch, 2010
So You Think You Want to Run for Public Office21st Annual NAPABA Convention (Boston)November, 2009
A Conversation with New South Asians in PoliticsNASABA Convention (Vancouver)June, 2009
Panelist on Presidential CampaignsMinority 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 LawyerNASABA Convention (Chicago)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