Sonakshi Kapoor focuses her practice in the area of litigation and regulatory law. Bringing her experience advising international organizations, governments in the Asia Pacific region, and private sector clients on business and human rights issues, she also supports DLA Piper’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts.
Dual-qualified in California and India, Sonakshi has experience representing businesses in California state courts and in alternate dispute resolution processes, including mediation at JAMS. Her international background informs her deep understanding of cross-cultural nuances in matters with cross-border implications.
Sonakshi is an Executive Committee member of the California Young Lawyers’ Association (CYLA) and a CYLA liaison to the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of the California Lawyers’ Association (CLA), as well as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum (Oakland Chapter).
Sonakshi is fluent in two languages, English and Hindi, and understands Punjabi.
- LL.M., University of California at Berkeley
- 2021 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Civil Litigation in Northern California
- Provided virtual assistance to immigration clients applying for change of status from Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) to Lawful Permanent Resident status.
- "Sustainability standards setter seeks input on draft GRI Standards for agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and coal," July 1, 2021
- "Sustainable Seafood in the ESG Spotlight," June 28, 2021
- "Global corporate benchmarking group seeks inputs on corporate human rights standards," June 22, 2021
- "Clarifying the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights – Pillar II," LinkedIn, 2019
- Moderator, 2021 UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights – Human Rights Impact of Social Media Platforms
Prior to joining DLA Piper, Sonakshi worked at a boutique litigation firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she appeared in state courts in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and engaged with early conflict resolution mechanisms, including mediation. Sonakshi regularly assisted clients in navigating legal disputes involving foreign jurisdictions, while helping domestic and international clients. She engaged with different jurisdictions and vastly different legal systems, particularly in Asia.
Sonakshi advised the UN Human Rights Commission and the International Labor Organization in Bangkok on business and human rights matters in the Asia Pacific region. She also advised the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Information Technology, India on business and human rights issues in the technology sector. Sonakshi advised and drafted case briefings for the 2017 annual report from Juan Mendez, the UNHRC’s Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Sonakshi has litigation experience in New Delhi, India, having appeared in trial courts, appellate courts, and the National Human Rights Commission, India. Sonakshi also assisted a senator in India on policy reforms in areas such as decriminalization of homosexuality, juvenile justice, refugee protection legislation, and foreign policy matters.
Civic and Charitable
- Executive Committee Member, California Young Lawyer’s Association (CYLA)
- CYLA Liaison for Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of CLA
- Global Shaper (Oakland Chapter), World Economic Forum
- Member, BRICS (nations) Feminist Watch
- Co-founder and Coordinator, Young Professionals in Business and Human Rights
Memberships And Affiliations
- State Bar of California
- California Lawyers Association (CLA)
- Bar Council of Delhi, India
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