Pankit J. Doshi - McDermott Will & Emery


Pankit J. Doshi serves as the Office Managing Partner for the Firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley Office.

Pankit focuses his practice on preventative counseling and representing employers in both state and federal courts up through trial and appeal. Pankit serves as lead counsel on cases involving issues related to prosecution and defense of unfair business competition claims, including trade secret misappropriation and restrictive covenant enforcement, independent contractor misclassification, whistleblower complaints, wage and hour disputes and individual claims for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and breach of contract claims. Pankit also regularly defends employers in complex wage and hour class action and representative actions around the country.

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  • Represented nationwide telecommunications company at trial in a complex 14-year wage and hour class action case and related cross-complaints against third party staffing companies
  • Represented large healthcare company and hospital at trial in a disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit alleging twelve causes of action; resulted in a successful defense verdict on all claims
  • Lead counsel in a complex trade secrets and non-compete action for a financial services company resulting in litigation in both California and Delaware; prevailed after preliminary injunction was successfully granted

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, 2023
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023-2024
  • BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All-Star, 2024
  • Legal 500 US, 2021
  • NAPABA, Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, 2020
  • Super Lawyers, Northern and Southern California, Rising Star, 2008-2010, 2013-2020
  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Inaugural “Young Luminary” Award Rising Star, 2011


  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, President, 2017 to 2018
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2015 to 2016; Treasurer, 2013 to 2015; Regional Governor, California Central District, 2012 to 2013; Co-Chair, Litigation Committee, 2011 to 2012
  • ABA, Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Appointed Member, 2018 to present

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Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, JD, 2003
California State University – Los Angeles, BA, magna cum laude, 1999


Courts / Agencies
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California