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Pallavi Mehta Wahi

Pallavi Mehta 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, Pallavi practices complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on corporate and intellectual property litigation. She works regularly on complex contractual breach matters and has also represented Fortune 50 companies in plaintiff or defense counsel capacity. She 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 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.

Pallavi 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 2020, Pallavi was ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Litigation: General Commercial category in Washington State. She was again 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. Also in 2020, Pallavi was named to the Washington Super Lawyers list; the “IP Stars” list published by Managing Intellectual Property in the U.S. and Washington categories; and included in Acritas Stars, a database of more than 13,000 client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice. Lawyers of Color named Pallavi to their fifth annual “Power List”, which recognizes the most influential minority attorneys and allies in the nation. She was similarly included in “The A List: International”, a list of the top India-focused lawyers at international law firms, compiled by The Indian Business Law Journal

Previously, Pallavi has been named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the U.S. by editors and writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications. The Puget Sound Business Journal also recognized her as a “Woman of Influence” and a member of the first-ever group of 40 Under 40 “All-Stars”. Pallavi has been included in the inaugural “Nation’s Best” List, published by Lawyers of Color, which recognizes noteworthy accomplishments and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. She was selected by the National Diversity Council as one of Washington’s “Top 15 Business Women” and selected to the Indian Corporate Counsel Association's “Most Trusted Corporate Lawyers” list. Pallavi is also a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association. 

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

  • 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 (2019-2020).
  • Featured profile in King County Bar Bulletin, August 2020.
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Litigation: General Commercial category in Washington State (2020; Recognized Practitioner 2017-2019).
  • Named to “The A List: International”, a list of the top India-focused lawyers at international firms, compiled by The India Business Law Journal (2019, 2020). 
  • Named to the “IP Stars” list by Managing Intellectual Property in the United States and Washington categories (2016-2020).
  • Selected for inclusion in Acritas Stars, a database of more than 13,000 client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice (2018-2020).
  • Named to Lawyers of Color's Power List, which is presented with the support of the Diverse Partners Network and recognizes the most influential minority general counsel, managing partners, and law school deans, as well as legal media and nonprofit leaders in the nation. (2019, 2020). 
  • Selected for inclusion in the Washington Super Lawyers list (2017-2020).
  • 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).
  • Featured in “Women Who Lead” special report by the Puget Sound Business Journal, (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 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.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Community Development Roundtable (CDRT)
  • 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))
  • Panelist, Seattle Metro Chamber’s Regional Leadership Conference 2020: A Competitive, Equitable and Resilient Region: What does it mean for our region’s economy to be resilient? 22 October 2020
  • Opening remarks, South Asian Bar Association of North America Leadership Retreat Welcome Reception, 25 September 2020
  • Moderator, Facetime with Rachel Gonzalez, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary for Starbucks Coffee Company, hosted by Young Jewish Professionals, 5 August 2020 
  • Panelist, Women In Law Dialogue series: Is COVID-19 taking Women Lawyers' careers back to the 1950's? hosted by The Law Society, 6 August 2020
  • Panelist, “Action From the Top: A conversation with law firm leaders about implementing positive change” hosted by Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, 8 July 2020
  • Panelist, Elevating Women Virtual Event: “Create Success in the midst of a Crisis”, hosted by Northern Trust, 24 June 2020
  • Panelist, Global Lawyers' Colloquium, “Diversity in the Legal Profession & Judiciary: What’s the Hope for the Future?”  International Webinar, 23 May 2020 
  • Panelist, Celebrating Success: The Elevation of Women to Leadership Positions in Big Law presented by Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Chicago; 4 November 2019
  • Panelist, Fostering Diversity and a Culture of Inclusion within Legal Leadership at Women, Diversity & Change Summit, Seattle; 14 November 2019
  • 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; 22 March 2019
  • Panelist, “#BalanceForBetter” International Women’s Day panel, UWKC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series, Seattle; 6 March 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, “When Saying Yes IS the Best Plan”, Women’s Business Exchange, Seattle; 14 February  2019
  • Panelist, “Building Client Relationships - Do You Have What it Takes?”, Chiefs in IP (ChIPs) Pacific Northwest Chapter, Seattle; 18 September 2018
  • Keynote speaker, WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Celebration! CLE - The Path Forward, Seattle, 6 June 2018
  • Panelist, Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) "Emerging Through Bias in the Legal Profession", Seattle, 23 March 2018
  • Panelist, “Dean’s Leadership Panel”, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, 20 September 2017
  • Panelist, “Beyond the Dialogue, Women, Race and Age Part 2: The Role of Allies,” WSBA Diversity Program and Washington Women Lawyers, Seattle; 8 June 2017
  • Panelist, “Global Biz: Staying Ahead in Changing Times," Washington Trade Conference: The Outlook for the 2017 Trade Agenda, Seattle; 13 March 2017
  • Speaker, 2016 ASIL Midyear Meeting - International Trade Seminar, Seattle; 10 November 2016
  • Speaker, “Mediation Strategies,” Chiefs in IP (ChIPs) Pacific Northwest Chapter, Seattle;10  May 2016
  • Speaker, "India’s IP and Innovation Policies," University of Washington School of Law and National Bureau of Asian Research Workshop, Seattle; 10 April 2015
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Investing In India? Time To Rethink Structures,” Law360, 3 June 2016
  • 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
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