Chanakya A. Sethi

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Chanakya Sethi’s practice focuses on complex federal litigation and arbitrations. Chan has represented clients in a broad range of substantive areas, including consumer class actions, intellectual property disputes, and government investigations. His experience spans all three levels of the federal courts, as well as international arbitration.

Chan joined the firm in 2015 after clerking for Justice Michael J. Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada and Judge Ronnie Abrams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He grew up in Toronto and graduated from Princeton University in 2007, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.  Chan has law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he graduated first in his class, and Yale Law School. Before attending law school, Chan spent two years working at a leading global investment bank in New York.

Chan is committed to pro bono matters.  In the last year, he has represented the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is also a director of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, which brings 40 students from low-income backgrounds to Princeton’s campus for an intensive 10-day seminar on journalism and college preparation.

Chan is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion and Pro Bono Committees.


Admitted only in New York. Practice limited to federal litigation outside the District of Columbia and ADR proceedings.

Representative Experience

Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Chan’s experience includes:

  • Representing a European medical device manufacturer in a patent licensing dispute governed by Swedish law. The matter was tried this year before an arbitration panel in Stockholm.
  • Representing consumer product companies in putative consumer class actions in California federal district court and the Ninth Circuit involving international supply chain issues.
  • Represented a major government contractor in an investigation by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Representing a leading consumer products company in defense of a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Successfully represented major record company plaintiffs in copyright infringement action against a music streaming and downloading service, securing temporary restraining order and eventual consent to a permanent injunction and judgment.



Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016


Government Service

Law Clerk, Judge Ronnie Abrams, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2014-2015

Law Clerk, Justice Michael J. Moldaver, Supreme Court of Canada, 2012-2013

Judicial Intern, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Supreme Court of India, Summer 2011

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