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Pallavi Mehta Wahi

Managing Partner, Seattle Office
Co-Managing Partner, United States
Chair of Diversity Committee
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Ms. Wahi serves as co-managing partner of the United States, managing partner of the Seattle office, chair of the firmwide Diversity Committee, and co-chair of the firmwide India practice.

As an experienced litigator, Ms. Wahi practices complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate and intellectual property litigation. She works regularly on complex contractual breach matters and has represented Fortune 50 companies in both plaintiff and defense counsel capacity for these matters. 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. Ms. Wahi regularly represents clients in high-volume and high-stakes litigation. 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.

Ms. Wahi also acts as global coordinating counsel for litigation for several clients across a wide range of jurisdictions, countries, and subject matter areas. In this role, she has developed litigation programs for clients to drive efficiencies of costs and consistency of approach across multiple engagements and jurisdictions.

In 2019, Ms. Wahi was included in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Power 100” list as one of the 100 most influential business leaders in the Puget Sound area. She was also named to the Lawyers of Color Inaugural “Nations Best” list, which recognizes noteworthy accomplishments and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Ms. Wahi was also named to “The A List: International”, a list of the top India-focused lawyers at international law firms, compiled by The Indian Business Law Journal.

In 2018, Ms. Wahi was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States by editors and writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications. The Puget Sound Business Journal also honored her as a 2018 “Woman of Influence”. Ms. Wahi was also recently included in the 2017-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Recognized Practitioner in the General Commercial Litigation category for Washington State. She has also been selected for inclusion in the 2017-2019 Washington Super Lawyers lists and named by Managing IP as an IP STAR from 2016-2019. Washington Diversity Council also named Ms. Wahi as one of “Washington’s Top 20 Business Women” in 2017.

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.

Achievements

  • Selected for inclusion in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Power 100”, a spotlight on the 100 most influential business leaders in the Puget Sound area (2019).
  • Named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural “Nation’s Best” List which recognizes noteworthy accomplishments and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession (2019).
  • Named to “The A List: International”, a list of the top India-focused lawyers at international law firms, compiled by The Indian Business Law Journal (2019).
  • Featured in “Women Who Lead” special report by the Puget Sound Business Journal, (2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Washington Super Lawyers list (2017-2019)
  • Included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Recognized Practitioner in the General Commercial Litigation category for Washington State (2017 -2019)
  • Named to the “IP Stars” list by Managing Intellectual Property in the United States and Washington categories (2016 - 2019)
  • Selected as one of the “Women of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal (2018).
  • Included in “The Influencers: Law” list, a spotlight on 100 attorneys across the nation who are having an impact on business and legal matters in their communities, published by The Business Journals (2018).
  • Recognized in the first-ever group of 40 Under 40 “All-Stars” by the Puget Sound Business Journal (2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Acritas Stars, a database of over 10,000 client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice (2018).
  • Selected to the Indian Corporate Counsel Association's Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers list (2017).
  • Selected by the National Diversity Council as one of Washington’s “Top 15 Business Women” (2017).
  • Recognized as one of “Washington’s Top 20 Business Women,” by Washington Diversity Council and the National Women’s Council (2016).
  • Featured in Minority Powerbrokers Q&A by Law360, January 2015
  • 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.
  • Recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Member, Industry Advisory Board, Global Business Law Institute at the University of Washington School of Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees, King County Bar Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board, South Asian Bar Association of Washington (past president and first woman president)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Washington Council on International Trade
  • Member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, King County Bar Association
  • Past Trustee, Seattle Repertory Theatre (2015-2018)
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyer Division (King County Trustee, 2005-2008)
  • Past Member, 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, Emerging Through Bias in the Legal Profession: Gender and the Legal Profession - Washington Leadership Institute Session III “The Nuts and Bolts of Law Practice”, Seattle; March 22, 2019
  • Panelist, “#BalanceForBetter” International Women’s Day panel, UWKC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series, Seattle; March 6, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, “When Saying Yes IS the Best Plan”, Women’s Business Exchange, Seattle; February 14, 2019
  • Panelist, “Building Client Relationships - Do You Have What it Takes?”, Chiefs in IP (ChIPs) Pacific Northwest Chapter, Seattle; September 18, 2018
  • Keynote speaker, WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Celebration! CLE - The Path Forward, Seattle, June 6, 2018
  • Panelist, Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) "Emerging Through Bias in the Legal Profession", Seattle, March 23, 2018
  • Panelist, “Dean’s Leadership Panel”, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, September 20, 2017
  • 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

Additional Information

Publications
  • Co-author, "Internet Law Chapter," Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual, 2010
  • Co-author, "Protecting Your Online Brand," presented at the National South Asian Bar Association Annual Convention, June 29, 2007
  • Co-author, "Navigating the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy," Chapter 4, WSBA 11th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, Cutting Edge Updates, Opportunities and Issues, March 2006
  • Represented a large international company in state trial court in a complex contractual cross border dispute with an international vendor relating to Master Services and related agreements. Case involved complex contractual issues as well as cross border discovery with issues of first impression.
  • Represented an international software company in multiple litigation matters worldwide, including litigation for recovery associated with software license compliance.
  • Represented a large company in a far-reaching licensing and contractual 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 large international client in a nationwide litigation rights enforcement campaign involving multiple state and federal lawsuits across the United States.
  • 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 relating to Hurricane Ivan.
  • Represented 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.
  • 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.