Vikas S. Dhar is a partner and head of the Litigation Practice Group at Dhar Law, LLP. He is a business litigation and criminal defense attorney who specializes in assisting individuals and companies in distress caused by white-collar criminal investigations, business disputes, professional crises and other matters presenting regulatory, licensing and public relations risks.
Vikas is widely recognized as an emerging leader in the New England legal community. He was recently asked to serve by the U.S. District Court on its 2013-2014 Merit Selection Panel for the recommendation of a new Magistrate Judge and reappointment of a sitting Magistrate Judge. In 2013, he was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Organization as a Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney, and in 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly presented him with an “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” Award. Vikas’ successes and pro bono contributions have been profiled over the last decade by Forbes, the American Bar Association, Boston Business Journal, Washington University Magazine and India New England, and for the past four years, Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers have named him a “Rising Star” in white-collar litigation, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in the state.
In addition to protecting his clients’ interests in criminal investigations, his diverse courtroom caseload regularly includes handling complex business disputes, government agency inquiries, professional licensing defense and commercial litigation. Vikas has earned a reputation for swiftly resolving crisis situations, enabling him and his defense team to successfully represent a host of prominent professionals, corporations, closely-held businesses, as well as university students facing first-time investigations or indictments. While his intense, full-field approach has led to trial victories, his primary strategic goal is always to persuade the government to decline to prosecute during the initial phase of any investigation and to secure pre-trial dismissals when possible.
Vikas is committed to making a positive impact on the community and participates in a variety of legal and business initiatives in greater Boston. He frequently contributes to training seminars, continuing education workshops and currently serves as a pro bono panel member for Senior Partners for Justice, a non-profit that promotes access to justice by assisting pro se family law litigants.
Dhar Law is a Boston-based law firm with a core commitment to socially conscious business practices. The firm is built on the drive to provide exemplary legal services to every client in their expansive practice areas of business law, litigation and community lawyering. As a wholly collaborative environment, the firm’s team has an optimistic and inquisitive approach to solving problems that extends across their many practices areas and into community engagement. To learn more about Dhar Law’s unparalleled commitment to its clients and community, check out BostInno, the Boston Business Journal and Forbes or visit http://www.dharlawllp.com/.
Dhar Law Practice Areas: business law, civil litigation, criminal and government investigations, domestic relations, immigration, real estate, community lawyering, non profit law
Languages Spoken: Kannada
Licensed since 2003
Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (120 minutes), Pro Bono (20%)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Up & Coming Lawyer||Massachusetts Bar Association & MA Lawyer's Weekly||2012|
|Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense||New England Super Lawyers/Boston Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense||New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine||2011|
|Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense||New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine||2010|
|Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense||New England SuperLawyers/Boston Magazine||2009|
|Rendleman Award||SIU School of Law: Outstanding Performance||2003|
|Attorney||Denner Pellegrino, LLP||2005 - 2010|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Rubin, P.C.||2003 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts||Member||2010 - Present|
|South Asian Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Boston Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - 2010|
|Representation of Witness - Federal Court||Pending|
|Defense of Commodities Firm, CEO - Federal Court||Pending|
|Defense of Engineer - Federal Court||Successor counsel engaged|
|http://dharlawllp.wordpress.com/||The Dookhan Fallout: Tainted Drug Lab Samples & Guilty Pleas||2012|
|MCLE||The Use of Substitute Experts at Trial and the Confrontation Clause||2011|
|Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 1||The Department of Homeland Security Initiative||2005|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||2003|
|Washington University in St. Louis||N/A||B.A||1999|
|New England Law Journal Commencement||Speaker||2012|
|Know Your Rights Community Seminar||Hot Topics in Criminal Law||2012|
|SABA KYR Inaugural Grauation Event||Speaker||2011|
|Recent Developments in Criminal Law||Speaker||2011|
|Know Your Rights Community Seminar||Hot Topics in Criminal Law||2011|
|Know Your Rights Community Seminar||Hot Topics in Criminal Law||2010|
|Forensic Psychiatry & Memory: Perspectives in Law,||Panel Coordinator||2008|