Amisha R. Patel


Amisha R. Patel


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


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 regularly advises clients regarding litigation strategy and effective case management. She also routinely manages complex discovery. Ms. Patel has represented clients in state and federal courts, and before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities. She has litigation experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, consumer products, telecommunications, life sciences, oil and gas, and sports. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Patel was an attorney in the complex litigation and dispute resolution practice of an international law firm. She 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. In 2018, she was elected President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. Ms. Patel currently serves as Co-Chair of the South Asian Women Attorney’s Network (SAWAN), a division of SABA North America.

  • 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
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Business Advice and Litigation
  • Representing a multinational automobile manufacturer in multiple product defect putative class actions affecting the company’s best-selling SUVs and trucks.
  • Representing a fortune 500 pharmaceutical manufacturer in defending against product liability claims pending in multiple state courts and in a coordinated multi-district litigation proceeding in the Eastern District of Louisiana, involving alleged personal injuries concerning a chemotherapy medication.
  • J.P. Morgan Chase - Representing Chase Bank in several consumer lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Women's National Basketball Players Association - Advised the WNBPA on legal and business strategy.
  • Major technology company – 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.
  • 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.
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (President-Elect)
  • South Asian Bar Association of North America (SAWAN Co-Chair)
  • DC Legal Aid Society Generous Associates Campaign (Co-Chair)
Speaking Engagements
  • Effective Pitches to In-House Counsel - South Asian Women’s Attorney Network (SAWAN) Bootcamp Series, Dechert LLP (March 14, 2019)


  • Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Fireside Chat with Comedian Hari Kondabolu, Dechert LLP (May 17, 2018)


  • Color by Number: Serial’s Adnan Syed Painted a Shade of Brown - South Asian Bar Association of North America Convention (June 12, 2015)