Sumeeta Gawande has been in practice for more than fifteen years, representing businesses in a variety of contexts, including start-up, contractual transactions, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation. Ms. Gawande’s areas of focus include goods and services, joint business ventures, shareholder/partnership agreements, employment, secured and unsecured loans, construction, environmental contamination, foreclosure, qui tam false claims act litigation, various medical practice issues, and others. Her clients include individual entrepreneurs, professionals, businesses, franchises and publicly-traded companies.
Before starting her own law firm, Ms. Gawande was a partner at Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker for five years and an associate for eight years. Ms. Gawande also clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and prior to that for the Honorable Naomi G. Eichen, in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. In 2006 and 2007, she was named a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, which awards that designation to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 or under or who have been practicing for ten years or less. She was also recognized for her professional achievement by the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey.
Ms. Gawande’s approach to litigation is strategic, creative and interactive. After gaining a thorough command of the facts of the case, Ms. Gawande works closely with her clients to fashion a litigation strategy that achieves the best result. Ms. Gawande believes that the client’s input is an integral part of preparing the case, and she therefore maintains regular contact with her clients about the development of the case and its issues. Creativity is often a key to success in Ms. Gawande’s cases; crafting innovative strategies is a hallmark of her approach. Combining that creativity with preparation, diligence and thoroughness has led to success in many of her cases.
Ms. Gawande was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Athens, Ohio. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and her juris doctorate from Rutgers Law School-Newark, where she was an Arthur Kinoy Fellow, a recipient of the Judge Skelley Wright Award, and the Co-Editor in Chief of the Women’s Rights Law Journal. She previously served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Arbitration Advisory Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She is a former President of the Rutgers Law School-Newark Alumni Association and a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.