Amisha R. Patel

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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 is a litigator based out of Dechert’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Her practice includes complex commercial litigation and class action defense. 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 adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. In 2017, Ms. Patel was honored with the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) North America Rising Star Award. 

She 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. 

Significant Representations

  • Representing the National Basketball Players Association in litigation against its former Executive Director, Billy Hunter, and advising the NBPA on various legal, business, and policy matters.
  • Representing the Women's National Basketball Players Association on legal and business strategy.
  • Represented Microsoft Corp. 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.
  • Represented a major homeopathic drug manufacturer and a retail drug manufacturer against several state and federal consumer class actions alleging false advertising and fraud.
  • Represented Carnegie Mellon University in appellate proceedings to uphold an unprecedented patent infringement jury verdict and award against Marvel Technology Group, Ltd.
  • Represented Harman International Industries in appellate proceedings regarding a dispute concerning vision-based automotive alert systems, which provide forward collision and lane departure warnings to drivers.
  • Represented Apple Inc. 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.
  • Represented Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. in several nationwide lawsuits concerning industry-wide pricing practices, allegations of fraud, and violations of the False Claims Act and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Pro Bono

  • 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., 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, with honors
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 2005
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Memberships

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (General Director) 
South Asian Bar Association of North America (SAWAN Co-Chair)