Amisha R. Patel

amisha-patel

Amisha R. Patel

Associate

Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3374 | +1 202 261 3333

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Amisha R. Patel focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, and white collar investigations. Ms. Patel has experience at all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings and motions, successfully arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, and preparing for trial. She has represented clients in state and federal courts, and before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Patel was an attorney in the complex litigation and dispute resolution practice of an international law firm. She has also spent seven years as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2017, Ms. Patel was honored with the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America Rising Star Award. 

Ms. Patel earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. During her time there, Ms. Patel participated in The George Washington University Law School’s Immigration Clinic, where she successfully argued an affirmative asylum case and secured adjustment of status for an immigrant spouse in removal proceedings. Prior to law school, Ms. Patel was a litigation case manager at an international law firm. 

Experience
 
Business Advice and Litigation
  • J.P. Morgan Chase - Representing J.P. Morgan Chase in several consumer lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Women's National Basketball Players Association - Advising the WNBPA on legal and business strategy.
  • Apple Inc. – Secured dismissal in class action lawsuits alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA).
  • ExxonMobil - Secured dismissal of consumer protection claims by the D.C. Attorney General under the Retail Service Station Act (RSSA).
  • National Basketball Players Association - Represented the NBPA in litigation against its former Executive Director, Billy Hunter. Currently advising on legal and business matters.
  • Consumer Class Actions – Represented a major homeopathic drug manufacturer and a retail drug manufacturer against several state and federal consumer class actions alleging false advertising and fraud.
  • Microsoft Corp. - Represented Microsoft in antitrust litigation in California state court and British Columbia, as well as before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and other foreign competition authorities.
  • Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. – Represented Merck in several nationwide lawsuits concerning industry-wide pricing practices, allegations of fraud, and violations of the False Claims Act and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

White Collar

  • Representing senior executives and individuals  in internal investigations and investigations by  government agencies.
Appeals
  • Boiron Inc. and Boiron USA, Inc. – Represented Boiron in an appeal affirming a complete defense verdict in a false advertising and consumer fraud class action.
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Represented CMU in appellate proceedings to uphold an unprecedented patent infringement jury verdict and award against Marvel Technology Group, Ltd.
  • Harman International Industries – Represented Harman in appellate proceedings regarding a dispute concerning vision-based automotive alert systems, which provide forward collision and lane departure warnings to drivers.
  • Apple Inc. – Represented Apple in appellate proceedings from the U.S. International Trade Commission in the “Smartphone Wars,” concerning the validity and infringement of patents related to portable communications devices, including touchscreen technology. 
Pro Bono
  • Secured a default judgment in a contract dispute for a D.C.-based educational non-profit organization.
  • Co-authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of undergraduate and graduate student organizations of the University of California in support of the University of Texas in Fisher v. University of Texas.
  • Assisted a client obtain immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Co-authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition for certiorari regarding the retroactive applicability of the ineffective assistance of counsel defense for immigrants in the aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky.
  • Secured a favorable settlement for a tenant facing eviction proceedings in D.C. Superior Court.
Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.
Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2010, Manuel and Ana María Benítez Award for Clinical Excellence in Immigration Law; The George Washington International Law Review Best Note Award, Volume 42; Executive Managing Editor, The George Washington International Law Review
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2005
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Memberships
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (General Director) 
  • South Asian Bar Association of North America (SAWAN Co-Chair)