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  • Yale University, B.A. political science (2009) with distinction
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2014) cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Sharmistha Das

 Associate Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2692
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Sharmistha Das is an associate in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member the firm's Government Contracts group.  She also participates in the firm's cross-group Administrative & Regulatory Law Practice. Sharmi's practice focuses on providing affirmative and defensive claims counseling to clients in connection with substantial and technically complex government contracts to support clients' efforts to mitigate financial exposure and the risk of termination.  She specializes in trial and appellate litigation of a variety of complex claims, disputes, and recovery matters across a wide variety of industries.  In addition, she represents government contractors in bid protests and assists clients in protecting sensitive information that is requested by third parties under FOIA.  Her Administrative & Regulatory practice focuses on analyzing cutting edge case law and its potential impact on affected industries.

As part of her pro bono practice, Sharmi represents asylum-seekers from diverse countries seeking refuge in the U.S. before both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration courts. She has represented both detained and non-detained individuals and sought asylum based on a wide variety of claims despite numerous political shifts that have affected the practice of asylum law.  She has also represented her younger asylum clients in state court to secure Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  In addition to her asylum practice, Sharmi was selected as Crowell & Moring’s Loaned Associate to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.  From January through August 2016, Sharmi represented indigent tenants facing eviction in court proceedings, administrative actions, and mediations to achieve favorable results for her clients.  Sharmi serves on the firm’s Public Service Committee and represents Crowell & Moring on the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition’s Legal Advisory Committee. 

Sharmi earned her B.A. in political science with a concentration in international relations, with distinction, from Yale University and her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also earned a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Sharmi was awarded the Dean's Certificate for service to the school and received a CALI award in legal research and writing. While in law school, Sharmi served as a notes development editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, a member of the Trial Advocacy team, and a student representative with the Center for Applied Legal Studies (Georgetown Law's asylum clinic). As a student representative, Sharmi investigated, briefed, and argued a political asylum case on behalf of a Rwandan torture survivor and his family, successfully securing a grant of asylum for him and his family from an immigration judge. She received exceptional pro bono pledge recognition at graduation for contributing over 175 hours of pro bono legal services during her time in law school.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York

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