Government Experience

  • Department of Justice: United States Attorney's Office—Legal Intern, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit—Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson, 2019 – 2020

Education

  • Brown University, B.A. biology and classics cum laude
  • Columbia University, M.A. secondary science education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2012) magna cum laude

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Preetha Chakrabarti

Partner
pchakrabarti@crowell.com
+1.212.895.4327

Preetha Chakrabarti, a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office, is a member of the firm's Technology & Intellectual Property Department and a co-leader of the firm’s ESG Advisory Group. Preetha's practice cuts across all areas of intellectual property and is holistic, consisting of litigation, counseling, licensing, and transactional due diligence, as well as trademark prosecution, with a focus on technology, brand protection, advertising, and media. Preetha is well-known for helping companies understand their obligations regarding advertising of ESG-related claims, including claims about carbon offsets, greenwashing, blue-washing, waste reduction and recycling, woke washing and social issues. She leverages rich experience in counseling companies across multiple industries – including food and beverage, fashion, media and telecommunications, technology, and consumer products – to help clients understand industry-specific challenges and achieve their business objectives.

Preetha's pro bono practice includes cases involving immigration, family, and employment law, as well as IP counseling for non-profit entities. Preetha also successfully represented Sandra Avery, a woman sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent, low-level drug crime, who sought commutation of her sentence from President Obama, reducing her life sentence to time served. Sandra was one of the 95 non-violent drug offenders to whom President Obama granted clemency in December 2015. Preetha was featured in the documentary film The Vanishing Trial, by FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) and NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), released in 2020 in connection with her representation of Sandra. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, Preetha also received the firm’s 2015 George Bailey Award.

From 2019 to 2020, Preetha served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

Preetha received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude, was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, and a notes & articles editor for the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Preetha worked as an extern for the Legal Aid Society in New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York. During her final semester of law school, Preetha participated in LawWithoutWalls, a part-virtual collaboratory that develops problem-solving and project management business skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today's global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. Preetha's group placed first in key presentation categories, and overall, the group was one of three finalists. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Preetha worked as a science teacher and administrator at both private and public schools in the New York City metropolitan area. She received her B.A., cum laude, in biology and classics from Brown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, in secondary science education.

Preetha is active in several professional and non-profit organizations and was selected as a 2015 Pathfinder by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization comprised of the legal profession's top general counsels and managing partners. 



Recognition

  • Empire State Counsel for Pro Bono Service, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
  • Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award, 2016, 2021
  • New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2019
  • South Asian Bar Association Rising Star Award, 2019
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York, Cornerstone Award, 2021


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court for New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

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Firm News & Announcements

January 3, 2022 Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel
December 21, 2021 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Honored by Legal Aid Society of New York
December 2, 2021 Lawyers Alliance for New York Awards Preetha Chakrabarti Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Work
February 10, 2021 LITIGATION NOTE: Crowell & Moring Prevails for ScentAir in Long-Running Patent Infringement Case
January 14, 2019 Crowell & Moring’s Preetha Chakrabarti Named Outstanding Young Lawyer by New York State Bar Association
November 21, 2018 DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Represents Novume Solutions in Acquisition of OpenALPR
January 4, 2018 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes 23 Associates to Counsel
November 7, 2016 Legal Aid Society Honors Crowell & Moring Attorneys for Protecting the Rights of Low Income Workers