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 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 in California

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.

Harmeet’s profile in the San Francisco Daily Journal.


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  • Associate and Counsel at major international law firms in New York, London, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco for a decade before founding Dhillon Law Group in 2006
  • 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

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



Covid Can’t Cancel the Constitution The Daily Journal 2021
Problematic Women: Ladies, Know Your First Amendment Rights The Daily Signal 2020
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
Justic Govt  2021
 Activists Lose Fight to Grab LA GOP Leadership  Los Angeles Daily News  2010
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

Holding an Election During a Pandemic: States’ Regulatory Changes, Litigation, and Election Administration Procedural Realities RNLA Webinar June, 2020
Emergency and Police Power: Property Claims in Times of Crisis American Bar Association MCLE Presentation July, 2020
Issues Affecting the 2020 Elections: Rights, Reform, and the Power of Women American Bar Association MCLE Presentation July, 2020
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 (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