Wilkinson Stekloff Associate Chanakya Sethi Recognized by National LGBT Bar Association, Named to Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 List

Washington, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff associate Chanakya Sethi was named to the Best LBGTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Each year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBTQ+ lawyers, law professors, corporate counsel, and other legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. This year’s class of honorees will be recognized at the 2021 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, which will take place July 28 to 30 in Los Angeles. “I am honored to be included among this talented group of attorneys,” said Wilkinson Stekloff associate Chan Sethi. “And I am committed to continuing to work in pursuit of equality for the LGBT community.” Chan has counseled clients in a wide range of notable high-stakes matters, including the successful representation of a federal judge in mandamus proceedings before the en banc D.C. …

American Lawyer Highlights Wilkinson Stekloff Amicus Brief Following Landmark SCOTUS Ruling

WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, the American Lawyer highlighted an amicus brief filed by Wilkinson Stekloff litigators Chanakya Sethi, Angela Cai, and Rakesh Kilaru. The ruling was a major victory for LGBT employees, recognizing that they are protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. AmLaw quoted Wilkinson Stekloff’s brief, featuring it among “a stellar crop of briefs from many of the top law firms in the country.” Wilkinson Stekloff filed the brief on behalf of a group of nine leading historians who focus on the history of gender, sexuality, and law in the United States. The brief showcased original research by the historians demonstrating that LGBT individuals brought claims seeking protection under Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of sex” shortly after the law was enacted, and that some officials …

Wilkinson Stekloff Celebrates Banner Year of High Stakes Trial Wins By Next Generation Of Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff is racing into its fourth year after notching a series of high-profile victories, led by a large and diverse group of partners. In 2018, all of Wilkinson Stekloff’s partners participated in trials and case-dispositive hearings, and several other attorneys achieved significant on-their-feet experience, including through pro bono cases. The firm earned repeated recognition for the depth and successes of its bench and added a new crop of talented litigators to its roster. Wilkinson Stekloff won three trials in 2018, each of which was first-chaired by a different partner: On April 27, 2018, Wilkinson Stekloff, led by Brian Stekloff, Jeremy Barber, and Lori McGill, won a unanimous defense verdict for Bayer and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Russell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the second state-court Xarelto bellwether trial in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. On May 21, 2018, Wilkinson Stekloff, led by Kosta Stojilkovic …