Photograph of Akhil Sheth

Government Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California—Law Clerk, Hon. Andrew J. Guilford (2015-2016)


  • University of California, Riverside, B.S. biochemistry (2006)
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D. (2013)


  • California

Akhil Sheth

 Associate Orange County
Phone: +1 949.798.1363
3 Park Plaza, 20th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614-8505

Akhil Sheth helps individuals and businesses across a broad range of industries with their antitrust and general litigation needs. He’s earned a reputation as a personable attorney who clients can rely on for responsive, competent counsel, particularly for matters in federal court.

In 2017, Akhil was brought in on two trial teams as the matters headed to trial in federal district courts. In these cases, he was:

  • Representing a leading technology company in precedent-setting antitrust and contract litigation to determine fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms for a worldwide portfolio of standard-essential cell phone patents in a three week bench trial in the Central District of California.
  • Representing a behavioral health benefits administrator in a consumer class action alleging violations of ERISA in the denial of residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment claims in a three week bench trial in the Northern District of California.

Other recent examples of helping clients solve problems include:

  • Helping one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers recover overcharges caused by an international optical disk drive price-fixing cartel in litigation filed in the Northern District of California.
  • Helping a leading mattress manufacturer respond to an investigation into its advertising practices conducted by several California district attorneys.
  • Helping an international financial services company understand a novel question of comprehensive general liability policy interpretation.

Among other things, clients benefit from Akhil’s experience working for federal district court judges. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Akhil served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He also completed externships with the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips, now chief judge of the Central District, and the Honorable Josephine L. Staton. In all, Akhil has spent more than three and a half years working for federal trial court judges in one capacity or another.

Akhil’s pro bono practice also extends to federal court. There, he has represented a victim of revenge porn and transgender prisoners in California and Texas. He also regularly volunteers to help unrepresented litigants at the local Federal Pro Se Clinic. Akhil’s other pro bono representations include helping a mother get special education benefits from a school district for her adopted son and defending tenants facing eviction from their apartments in Los Angeles.

Much of Akhil’s community involvement reflects Crowell & Moring’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession. He sits on the board of directors for the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, and is an active member of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. Akhil represents the firm in the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law, a collaboration of law firms and community partners aimed at recruiting and retaining diverse lawyers in Orange County, and chairs that organization’s Recruiting and Membership subcommittee. He also sits on Crowell & Moring’s internal Diversity Council. Akhil is also involved with UC Irvine School of Law’s Pre-law Outreach Program, which helps college students from disadvantaged backgrounds get into law school.

He contributes to the community in other ways as well. Akhil is involved with the local federal bar community, both formally and informally, and is an active member of the local Federal Bar Association. As a member of the UC Irvine School of Law’s second graduating class, Akhil remains heavily involved with the school—among other things, he serves as a judge for the school’s various mock trial and moot court competitions and mentors UC Irvine law students, as well as law students at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. Akhil also sits on the board of directors for the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center, a local non-profit serving the homeless and veterans, among others. He is a member of the Orange County chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and is an assistant editor for the organization’s quarterly newsletter.

At UC Irvine, Akhil was a research editor and lead article editor for the UC Irvine Law Review. He also won best brief and overall runner-up at the ABA First Amendment & Media Law Diversity Moot Court.

Before law school, Akhil earned a B.S. in biochemistry from UC Riverside. He also taught for and eventually co-ran the Southern California LSAT program for a national standardized test preparation company.

In his spare time, Akhil enjoys playing fetch with his deaf dog Otter and working to address animal welfare and cruelty issues. He is also an avid basketball fan.


Admitted to practice: California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

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