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Sandhya Gupta

Sandhya Gupta’s civil-rights practice has included protecting voting rights and free speech; challenging race, sex, and religious discrimination; combatting retaliation—including retaliation against public-employee whistleblowers; promoting transparency and accountability in public entities through open-meetings and public-records enforcement; and contesting wrongful detention and prosecution. She has also practiced white-collar criminal defense.

She has argued in federal district and appellate courts, as well as before administrative bodies, including significant wins for civil-rights plaintiffs throughout the Sixth Circuit.

Before joining Chandra Law, Sandhya clerked for the Honorable James S. Gwin, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. Her previous experience also includes practicing environmental law with the firm Arnold & Porter LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP), obtaining political asylum for a Nepalese client, working on death-row cases in Georgia and Alabama, and lobbying Ohio’s members of Congress on a landmines ban. In 1998–99, she was a Fulbright Scholar to India, where she focused on women’s participation in local politics.

In 2010, Sandhya launched (and has since chaired) the Cleveland committee of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, an initiative that recognizes high-school students for their positive, significant impact on race relations. In the last three presidential elections, she has also worked extensively on get-out-the-vote and other field efforts in Northeast Ohio, as well as been a poll-observer.

Sandhya has been recognized for her civic and professional leadership by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (2016 Champion of Civil Rights award), the German Marshall Fund (2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow), and Crain's Cleveland Business (2014 "Forty under 40"). She brings her diverse experience and commitment to democracy and social justice to every client matter she undertakes, with empathy, tenacity, and strong attention to detail to ensure the firm’s clients receive the best representation.

Sandhya graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review. She received her A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University.

When she is not practicing law or engaged in social causes, Sandhya sings with the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival Chorus and practices yoga and Vipassana meditation.

Experience






Bar Admissions

New York (2005)
Ohio (2010)
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • William K. Thomas Inn of Court (program co-chair, 2012–13, currently a member)
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Former committee member, New York City Bar committee on International Human Rights (2006–08)
  • Former committee member, New York City Bar committee on Minorities in the Profession (2006)

Languages

Hindi (conversational)
French (moderate)

Community Involvement

  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR), Cleveland Committee, Chair, 2010-present; PPRR National Board, member, 2010-present
  • LIfeAct, Board of Trustees, Member, 2016-present
  • Bellfield-Grandview Nextdoor.com, Neighborhood lead, 2011-present
  • Refugee assistance, 2017
  • Hillary for America, active volunteer for voter registration and GOTV, 2016
  • Blossom Festival Chorus (Cleveland Orchestra), soprano, 2011-present

Litigation Percentage

100%

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2004 (New York, New York)

  • Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia Law Review, Articles Editor

Princeton University, A.B., 1998 (Princeton, NJ)

  • Major: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Minor: African Studies)
  • Honors: cum laude; Class of 1870 Sophomore English Prize, honorable mention

Honors and Awards

2016 Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Champion of Civil Rights award

2015 German Marshall Fund, Marshall Memorial Fellowship

2014 Crain’s Cleveland Business, “Forty under 40”

1998-99 Fulbright Scholarship (to India)

Past Employment Positions

Legal

  • Arnold & Porter LLP, associate, 2005–08
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, summer associate, 2003
  • Law Offices of Claudia Slovinsky, consulting attorney, 2009
  • Cochran Neufeld & Scheck LLP, pre-bar intern, summer 2004
  • The Southern Center for Human Rights, Human Rights Intern, summer 2002

Non-legal

  • Obama for America-Ohio, Regional GOTV lead/GOTV assistant, 2012
  • Ohio Campaign for Change, Deputy Field Organizer for GOTV, Shaker Heights, 2008
  • Physicians for Human Rights, fellow/program associate, 1999–01

Publications

  • “Sixth Circuit Reverses Decades-old Fees-for-Fees Standard,” Federal Bar Association, Civil Rights Insider (Winter 2017) (with Subodh Chandra)

  • “Legal Challenge to Voter-Suppression Law seeks Supreme Court Review,” Federal Bar Association, Civil Rights Insider (Winter 2017) (with Subodh Chandra)

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