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Pallavi Mehta Wahi

Administrative Partner (Seattle)
and Chair of Diversity Committee
Fax +1.206.370.6061

Pallavi Wahi is the Administrative Partner of K&L Gates’ Seattle office. She practices complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate and intellectual property litigation, serves as a co-chair of the firmwide India practice, and is the Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.

As an experienced litigator, Ms. Wahi has argued before various tribunals and courts in hearings and at trial with success. She has represented clients across the country in multiple jurisdictions in commercial and intellectual property disputes. She was recently recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a “Noted Practitioner” in the General Commercial Litigation category for Washington State. Ms. Wahi regularly represents a number of clients in high-volume and high-stakes litigation involving multiple lawsuits, multiple parties, and occasionally multiple countries. In this role, she is used to enforcing her client’s rights along with a team of attorneys trained specially in high-volume litigation utilizing cutting-edge technology and resources for that purpose.

Ms. Wahi also represents several large international clients as global coordinating counsel for litigation programs across a large number of jurisdictions, countries and subject matter areas. In this role, she has worked on and developed litigation programs on a global and national scale for clients across jurisdictions to drive efficiencies of costs and consistency of process and approach with clients with recurring needs.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Wahi was associated with the Seattle firm of Stokes Lawrence P.S. Ms. Wahi was also a Rule 6 law clerk to the Hon. Commissioner William H. Ellis at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I.


  • Selected to the 2017 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • Named by IP STARS for 2017 and selected to appear in the fifth edition of IP Stars from Managing IP (MIP) magazine
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a “Noted Practitioner” in the General Commercial Litigation category for Washington State
  • Named in the 2016 edition of IP Stars from Managing IP magazine
  • Recognized as one of “Washington’s Top 20 Business Women,” Washington Diversity Council and the National Women’s Council, 2015
  • Featured in Minority Powerbrokers Q&A by Law360 in January 2015
  • Named one of the 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Washington State, National Diversity Council, 2014
  • Recognized as 2013 Top 250 Women in IP nationwide, "IP Stars 2013 – Top 250 Women in IP" published by Managing Intellectual Property
  • 2009 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Award Recipient from the King County Bar Association
  • Selected to the Washington Rising Stars List (2009-2016)
  • First Woman President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Selected to serve a three-year term as lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Advisory Board Member, South Asian Bar Association of Washington (Past President (first woman President))
  • Board Delegate, Washington Council on International Trade
  • Co-chair, DuPont MCN Mentoring & Professional Development Committee
  • King County Bar Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • Co-chair, Seattle Host Committee for the American Association of International Lawyers (ASIL)
  • Past Trustee on Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Board of Trustees (King County Trustee, 2005-2008)
  • Past Member of Washington State Young Lawyer Division Committee for Diversity (Chair 2005-2006, Co-Chair 2006-2007)
  • Chaya, South Asian domestic violence prevention organization (Board Member (2001-2005), Auction Chair (2003) and Auction Co-Chair (2004))

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Beyond the Dialogue, Women, Race and Age Part 2: The Role of Allies,” WSBA Diversity Program and Washington Women Lawyers, Seattle; June 8, 2017
  • Panelist, “Global Biz: Staying Ahead in Changing Times," Washington Trade Conference: The Outlook for the 2017 Trade Agenda, Seattle; March 13, 2017
  • Speaker, 2016 ASIL Midyear Meeting - International Trade Seminar, Seattle; November 10, 2016
  • Speaker, “Mediation Strategies,” Chiefs in IP (ChIPs) Pacific Northwest Chapter, Seattle; May 10, 2016
  • Speaker, “Litigation Management 101: How to Manage Outside Counsel for New In-House Attorneys,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 11th Annual Career Strategies Conference, Atlanta
  • Speaker, "India’s IP and Innovation Policies," University of Washington School of Law and National Bureau of Asian Research Workshop, Seattle; April 10, 2015
  • Moderator, “General counsel Roundtable: Effective Strategies for Transitioning to the General Counsel Role”, Corporate Counsel Women of Color 10th Annual Career Strategies Conference, Beverly Hills
  • Speaker, "Going Global with Your Clients," South Asian Bar Association, Seattle; November 5, 2013
  • Speaker, “Doing Business in High Heels: Making the Workplace A Place of Our Own,” Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary Symposium, Seattle; November 1, 2013
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable: 2013 Hot Topics and Trends,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 9th Annual Career Strategies Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker, “Keywords after Rosetta Stone, gTLDs and the Online World of Trademark Infringement: a 2012 Update,” Licensing Executives Society – Seattle Chapter CLE
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable: 2012 Hot Topics and Trends,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 7th Annual Career Strategies Conference, Chicago
  • Speaker, "The New Glass Ceiling: Intersection of Gender and Race in Career Progression," NASABA 2011 Conference, Los Angeles
  • Speaker, "Domain Names, Social Media, and Infringement: A 2011 U.S. Law Update"; Global IP Convention on Innovation, Technology Transfer & IP Commercialisation; New Delhi, India; January 2012
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable: An Update on Regulatory / Legal Issues and Best Practices in Law Department Management,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 6th Annual Career Strategies Conference, New York
  • Moderator, “General Counsel Roundtable: An Update on Regulatory / Legal Issues and Best Practices in Law Department Management,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 5th Annual Career Strategies Conference, Los Angeles
  • Co-Presenter, “Keyword Advertising, Domain Names, Social Media and Infringement: a 2010 Update,” Licensing Executives Society - Seattle Chapter Speaker Series
  • Moderator, “Doing Business in India,” Webinar, May 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Litigation Aspects of the Social Media World (Criminal & Civil),” Legal Implications of Social Media in Today’s World, Seattle University School of Law
  • Co-Presenter, “I Think ICANN,” North American South Asian Bar Association
  • Speaker, “Keyword Advertising and Infringement,” Licensing Executives Society - Seattle Chapter Speaker Series, Seattle, Washington
  • Panelist, “Hot Developments in IP Law,” North American South Asian Bar Association, 2007 Annual Convention, San Francisco, California
  • Co-Presenter, “Navigating the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy,” WSBA 11th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, Cutting Edge Updates, Opportunities and Issues, Seattle, Washington
  • Co-Presenter, “www.misleading.com: Drawing the Line on Problem Domain Names,” Domain Roundtable Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • Panelist, “Lawyer to Lawyer Relations: Balancing Obligations to Your Client, Your Community and Yourself,” NAPABA Panel Discussion, Seattle, Washington
  • Panelist, “Crossing Legal Generations-Increasing your Leadership, Professionalism & Networking Skills,” Washington Women's Lawyers Leadership Symposium, Seattle, Washington
  • Moderator, “Getting Ahead and Giving Back: Diversity in Washington's Legal Community,” Seattle University, Washington
  • Represented a mobile communications company against breach of contract and trademark infringement claims by an independent mobile network testing firm. The matter was favorably settled.
  • Represented an international software company in multiple litigation matters worldwide, including litigation for recovery associated with software license compliance.
  • Represented a large software company in a far-reaching licensing dispute that included breach of contract and copyright infringement issues. The matter was favorably settled and the proceedings were closed to any further claims.
  • Represented the bankruptcy trustee in over 50 fraudulent transfer actions against investors in a Ponzi scheme in federal Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington.
  • Represented a national chain of fitness centers in multiple trademark enforcement actions across the United States.
  • Represented a large international software client in a nationwide litigation rights enforcement campaign involving multiple state and federal lawsuits across the United States.
  • Global coordinating counsel for a shipping company in multiple matters in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
  • Global coordinating counsel for an international advice program for an international publicly traded corporation in multiple countries.
  • Successfully represented a national wireless carrier in federal court in California in a case involving technology and publicity rights.
  • Successfully obtained judgment on coverage for offshore environmental liabilities for a policyholder, under an energy package policy, in federal court in Louisiana.
  • Represented internet companies, online market research firm, online retail companies, financial firms and their employees in multiple trade secrets, non-compete and unfair competition disputes in court and in arbitrations.
  • Represented a medical equipment manufacturing company in a fraud cause which was dismissed as a result of a successful motion to dismiss in federal court in Kentucky.
  • Represented the personal representative of an estate in a bench trial and obtained judgment after trial in a complex estate litigation matter in Washington State Superior Court.
  • Represented a public entity in two multi-million dollar complex multi-party environmental litigation cases on the Duwamish River which were settled.
  • Represented online market research firm in defense of claims brought by a competitor for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of non-solicitation agreements. Case settled for far less than the costs of defense following a motion for summary judgment.
  • Represented owner of a company in a multi-party fraud case arising out of a multi-million dollar sale of a hi-tech company which was successfully settled.
  • Successfully represented the developer of the world’s tallest structure in reclaiming its domain name and reaffirming its common law trade name rights in accordance with ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
  • Represented wireless telecommunications company in malpractice action involving cell phone patent rights and technology in a federal jury trial. Obtained favorable federal court jury verdict and settlement.