Chhaya Malik Bhalotra is Special Counsel at Ramsey & Ehrlich. Ms. Bhalotra’s practice focuses on defending individuals in enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other governmental authorities. Ms. Bhalotra has represented individuals at all levels of the federal courts, in state actions, in grand jury investigations, in congressional investigations, and in administrative hearings. Her experience in complex business litigation includes insurance liability, commercial contracts, employment and personnel disputes, Freedom of Information Act requests, educational institution investigations, and ethics violations.
Before joining Ramsey & Ehrlich, Ms. Bhalotra served as the interagency policy lead at the United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. This agency heads the United States’ global engagement on the fight against human trafficking, partnering with foreign governments and civil society to develop and implement strategies for confronting modern slavery. Prior to that, Ms. Bhalotra focused on civil rights litigation at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and also at the Advancement Project, serving as counsel in matters related to voting rights, race discrimination, and poverty law. Ms. Bhalotra was a litigation associate at Hogan Lovells LLP, where she regularly advised clients in investigations involving allegations of off-label promotion and ethical misconduct.
Ms. Bhalotra received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, with Highest Honors in Business Administration. While in law school, she worked on the appellate team of a death row inmate through the Death Penalty Clinic of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Before law school, Chhaya worked as a financial analyst in mergers & acquisitions at Goldman Sachs.