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Arinderjit Dhali

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

4.7   27 reviews

also known as AJ Dhali


Licensed for 16 years

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About Arinderjit

Learn Arinderjit’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    99%
    We handle all employment law matters arising under the State and Federal law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage disputes

    19 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    1%

My employment law experience began through defending employers and insurance companies in employment law matters. I am presently representing employees exclusively. Having worked for both employees and employers has helped both me and my clients tremendously. 

I enjoy working on employment law cases and helping employees who have suffered discrimination and retaliation. Employment law protections are part of the Civil Rights Act. And to that end, I see my work as a continuation of the work laid down by other civil rights wokers and attorneys. 

 

 

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Licensed for 16 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 06/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AJ Wins Cases Others Can't!
I had a complicated case that many other top-notch lawyers from big law firms wouldn't touch wearing a hazmat suit! However, in AJ came to the rescue. He worked tirelessly to get the case resolved quickly and to my satisfaction. The best part is he actually responds to his texts and emails promptly! I promise you he won't ghost you! So, if you have a complicated case that you feel will never be resolved, I encourage you, stop thinking and start dialing. Call AJ. It's the best decision you will ever make in your entire life!!!!! Why are you still reading? Call!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want a lawyer that listens AJ is your man, the real deal.
When I first reached out to AJ over getting railroaded from my job I didn't even know what ADA and FMLA discrimination was. AJ gave me the first steps to take hoping that it would solve the problem even before talking lawsuits. When my employer refused to accede only then did we file a lawsuit. If he had not alerted me to take those first early steps I would have had no case. With AJ it is quality over quantity. He is not a lawyer that takes cases just to pad the bottom line. If he think's your case has a chance he will tell you straight up, likewise if your potential case looks bad he will tell you. When you hire him you hire him. You won't be talking to a answering service or a receptionist. What I have learned in this process is that justice is not about being right or wrong, it is about being the best prepared to make your case. With that you have to be prepared to realize that most defendants will spend a fortune to fight you even if it would cost less to settle. While a judge and jury may rule in your favor any potential damages may be far less than expected. (That's just the way federal courts work) You have to decide if you want a moral victory or a economic one. AJ will get you there. He was not only my lawyer but became my friend. He is there for you every step of the way, and yes we settled my case very successfully and I am under a NDA so I will have to post this anonymously.
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Posted by Gloria | June 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Mr.Dhalil has been helpful to me with this whole process. He is very patient and was more than willing to answer any question I had. He was also very informative which was great. He is an excellent lawyer.
Posted by Cecelia | February 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always Felt In Good Hands
I was sure I would just have to accept what happened to me. I knew I was wronged, I didn’t know what to do about it though. That’s when I hired AJ Dhali. From the time of our first communication AJ had my case completely planned out and he always made me feel confident in what the outcome would be. AJ had everything under control and organized, and he asked me all the right questions so he could build a solid case. I supplied AJ with facts conveying what happened to me at the onset, but then AJ did everything else. I was so amazed at how he Instinctively knew and understood what I had been through. I sometimes have a difficulty explaining myself. AJ read between the lines and exercised a great deal of patience. He made me feel it was okay to ask many questions and have things explained in detail. I always felt in good hands. In the end, AJ won my case and I came away with more than I ever imagined. I’ve told many friends and acquaintances about AJ. If I ever need an attorney again, I won’t think twice about contacting AJ. If you’ve taken the time to read this review, I suggest you invest 15 minutes into calling AJ. It’ll be a great decision on your part, with a great outcome.
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Posted by Jessica | February 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
AJ was nothing short of amazing. Professional, punctual, understanding, diligent and definitely a force to be reckon with in the court room. I will forever and always be thankful for his counsel especially considering I was states away from his firm. I would highly recommend him to anyone 10x's over. I couldn't have picked a better attorney for my case....I truly can't thank him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All Star Attorney
After a search of several lawyers, AJ agreed to take my case. He was vigilant and knows discrimination laws very well. His motions were carefully crafted and kept the case focused while the opposing side tried to deflect attention; motion after motion. When it comes to employment law, AJ is the ace attorney that can take on anyone in the court room.
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Posted by Sunshine | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FMLA
AJ is a blessing in disguise. I hired him right away. It's like the lord sent an angel overnight. I'm a humbled individual and at the time I was dealing with some mean spirited folks. He made me feel comfortable even when times were tough. His integrity, wits, and unbiased soul for his craft as an employment attorney is nothing more than astounding. He puts in the work and make sure you have the best representation anyone can ask for. Aj informed me about everything that was going on and informed me about some situations to be mindful of. However, his dedication (even while out of town w/family) was heartwarming and guided me every step of the way. Would I recommend Mr. Dhali? Yes, as long as I'm abled. The truth is, even if I didn't win, I would give him the same review and recommend him to anyone who is need of help from a trusted/knowledgeable attorney. If I had to do an essay on Employment Lawyers, I would choose AJ Dhali without hesitation. He is that attorney. He is awesome!
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Posted by L.S | December 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aj Dhali is the "Phantom behind the Shadows!"
Recently at my previous and current job I had been discriminated, harassed, retaliated against etc. Over a period of time I did plenty of research online regarding my situation at work and on several firms "Attorneys" that would more than likely take my case. I called 3 big "EXPENSIVE" firms prior to calling Aj and explained my situation at work and they pretty much gave me the "round around" and made me feel like all they wanted was my hard earned money. One day here on Avvo.com I came across Aj's profile and I started to read his client's comments "reviews" and I came across one review that stood out to me "they called him the Underdog" -_-. Well let me tell you for a Underdog he defintely has a Big bite and is keeping up with the Big dogs quite easliy. I consulted with him at his office and I immediately could tell he knew his pratice areas, and he was honest with me regarding my case. From the time that I hired Aj Dhali to represent me in my case to now, he has been amazing. He is very knowledgeable and Sharp, his is commited to actually help you get to a solution plus on the upside he actually picks up the phone and returns your call when you try to reach him "OMG lol" Its a good and comforting feeling knowing that you wont walk alone. With Aj Dhali's knowledge and ability I personally recommend you give him a call and consult with him, its been the best call I have made. Kudos to you Aj Dhali, you are truely the Phantom behind the Shadows :-)
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
very professional and very smart, friendly and asks the right questions. He was on top of our case and kept us updated, we are very pleased with the outcome and very grateful to have hired his services. Thank you very much AJ.
Posted by IB | June 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The lawyer I needed
From our initial telephone consultation, it was clear to me that Mr Dhali was the lawyer I should have had a year ago. Empathy, understanding and a sense of what could be done to help - all were immediately conveyed and for the first time in this very complicated case against big business and a pitbull of opposing counsel, I did not feel totally alone and swimming against the tide. Highly recommended from our consultation alone. Thanks AJ.
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Posted by Herve Rakoto Razafimbahiny | December 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Work! Best Possible Outcome!
I give AJ my highest recommendation to anyone looking to resolve an employment case against a former employer. From the very first consultation, AJ asked difficult questions before accepting my case. Then, at each step of the process, he took time to explain what to expect and what my options were. Even though, the case took two years –but far less time than if we had gone to trial-, his legal skills and strategy against one of the biggest and most prestigious law firms in the land put me in the best possible position and my former employer offered to settle out of court. My family and I are grateful for this outcome and we will never be able to thank AJ enough for his excellent work. A final important point: AJ is one of the most ethical persons I have ever met. I highly recommend that you consult him and have him on your side.
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Posted by Tarence | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Employment Attorney In Town
After a thorough and fruitful consultation, AJ was hired by me to handle my case. Completely straight forward with you, doesn't hold anything back. Highly knowledgeable attorney and keeps you in the loop throughout the process. Needless to say I was happy and satisfied with the results; and walked away with plenty of knowledge regarding the process. Strongly recommend, and already have actually, AJ for any and all of your employment law concerns. YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
I am ecstatic and so impressed by my interaction with Mr. AJ Dhali. I came to him in a very vulnerable state - feeling very alone and discouraged by my employment experience. I can't go into details about the case obviously, but suffice to say that he took me under his wing and advocated for the rights I had in my situation. He carefully took the facts and gave me feedback about what I could expect. AJ is compassionate, straightforward, thorough, prompt, and he delivers results. To be more specific, AJ cares for minority populations. My case involved discrimination agains the LGBT community and AJ handled the emotions I had around what happened to me with care, while also letting me know what was realistic. He was extremely responsive to my emails. He also guided me in what was reasonable to ask for as we negotiated with the other side. HIRE HIM! AJ seriously is the best and I would hire him again in 5 seconds, as would I recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney. I am very happy with the way my situation turned out. My attorneys wouldn't have bothered to take my case for a variety of reasons, or they would have tried to rip me off. He did not take advantage of me and he treated me with respect while also getting the job done. Thank you AJ!
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Great and dependable lawyer
AJ is very knowledgeable, honest and hard working. He has a very good understanding of the law, particularly labor and discrimination issues. He always gave me helpful information and sound and honest advice for my situation. He also took the time to explain things to me, which I appreciate as I was not familiar with US employment practices. I felt he had my best interest in mind when negotiating on my behalf and I particularly appreciate his support and calm presence in what was a very stressful time for me. Additionally, AJ is very responsive, he always returned my calls or replied to my emails within the day, even when he was in court or in depositions. He genuinely cares about his clients, and that is priceless. I would highly recommend him for employment matters.
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Posted by Patricia | July 2, 2014
Great Experience!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. AJ Dhali on 6/27/14 for a consultation. I was referred to him by a friend. Very attentive, knowlegable, receptive, and patient. I did not feel rushed and he answered my questions thoroughly. What I was very impressed about is I forgot to ask him a question the day of the consultation and emailed him the next day. He responded via email quickly and made me feel at ease regarding my inquiry. Consultation fee is reasonable and well worth it.
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Posted by Max | March 19, 2014
Fantastic Lawyer! Highly Recommended.
I've worked with dozens of lawyers from partners of multi-national firms to those who just passed the bar and I can honestly say AJ Dhali is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He is attentive to his clients' needs and not afraid to take on unique or challenging cases. When you hire AJ you can be sure that you calls and emails will be answered promptly and that he will do whatever is necessary to win. There are few other lawyer I've ever met that I could recommend as highly as AJ.
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Posted by Alia Agha | June 25, 2013
Im truly not alone
AJ, Im in best of hands with you, you believe in my issue and you gave me courage to move forward. Your not the cut throat lawyers out there but also a decent human being. Thank you for taking on my issue and making me believe i can fight this and im truly not alone.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2013
Employee wage and contract dispute
I hired AJ to help me settle my employee contract and wage dispute. I couldn`t have selected a better attorney! From day one he returned my phone calls and answered all my questions promptly. He conducted an initial assessment and then put a clear plan of action in place. He also send me additional reading materials that helped me understand the legal challenges in my complaint. He worked diligently on my case for two years at which time it was settled in my favour. AJ was always honest with me and never mislead me. In addition to acting as my attorney AJ provided me with a clear view of defendant’s attorney, Judge and Jury. Thanks again AJ, for your wonderful and professional services. I highly recommend AJ to anyone in need of a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2013
Inspirational; a true underdog that shouldn't be underestimated.
I've known many lawyers over the years and AJ is unlike any of them, thankfully. I have unfortunately found most attorneys (in and out of the DC area) follow the business model of telling you what they believe you want to hear until your check is deposited into their account. Soon after, they are gone along with all their initial promises regarding your case. It's a real downer when that happens. I was happy to find AJ soonafter he began his practice. Some people told me I was making a mistake and should go with a huge law firm that had been around for ages. I disagreed and I'm glad I did. My thought process was that you really have to know what you're doing to open your own practice, and it has to be your passion; you have to really want it to succeed. A huge law firm could mean there's a chance your lawyer is going through the motions just to collect a paycheck. I remember I gave AJ so much documentation in the beginning. I felt what was happening to me was wrong, but needed a professional analysis. The previous attorney I was working with hadn't even looked through what I gave her, yet she had all the documents for at least 6 months. That woman had been in practice for at least 20 years too! AJ looked through all my documentation in a matter of days. I'll never forget when he leaned back in his chair, smiled, and said, "I'll take it. This looks like fun!" He was well aware he would be coming up against the big boys, but it didn't seem to phaze him. When you come up against a big business, you need an attorney that's confident, especially when you're scared to death. He's got that covered. Like his website states, "You'll Never Walk Alone." From my experience, that's a promise. Numerous times I was left in a panic, calling him at a moment's notice while my employer was intimidating me at my job. AJ was always reachable, advising me what to do in every circumstance. He talked me down from the ledge numerous times. The previous attorney I worked with, who claimed to be a Yale grad, regularly disappeared for weeks not returning messages. I felt like I was dropped in a war zone with no means of protection when I was working with her. Not once did I feel abandoned by AJ. He never gave up on me or my case. Thanks to his hard work and countless hours, he managed to get my case settled for a decent amount. I had almost given up on believing people could get anywhere in this world unless they were crooked. He showed me honesty and perserverence does account for something and it's still worth the fight. All in all, there are very few people I can count on in this world; he's one of them.
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Posted by Karen | February 28, 2013
Great attorney; British accent a plus
AJ is an excellent attorney, who is very committed to helping his clients get the best outcome. He is passionate about the values of justice, equity and diversity. I have seen him represent both women and men who have been discriminated against and he is sensitive to such difficult issues. He brings his clients a sense of ease that it will all work out OK. AJ is my attorney of record, handling all business and family matters and I plan to continue our relationship for the long-term. While it's a small matter, people in the US seem enamored with British accents and AJ's goes a long way in the courtroom.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • DHALI PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Change to Win
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Executive Director
  • ACCE
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Arthur Anderson LLP
  • 1999 - 2002
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Californai State University Fresno
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Kandasamy v. Phase One.
  • Case resulted in confidential settlement in favor of client
  • Rene v. BAE
  • Settled via confidential agreement
  • Cole v. Boeing Company
  • Pending

Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (NELA Affiliate)
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Mandarin

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Employee Discrimination Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C
  • 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Title 7 Retaliation Moderator
  • 2018
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • How to Operate a Law Firm
  • 2016
  • June 12, 2005
  • Wake Up Walmart
  • 2005
  • California Political Convention
  • Immigration Rights and Labor Law Enforcement
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"AJ Dhali is an excellent lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in the area of employment law. He is a tenacious advocate and will go the extra mile for all of his clients. I highly recommend AJ to anyone seeking help with an employment law matter."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Dhali as an attorney, particularly in the field of labor and employment."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A.J. is a passionate advocate for employees in discrimination matters. I highly recommend his firm's services. We serve as Membership Chairs for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyer's Association."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Passionate civil rights advocate. Ethical and hard working, he will fight for you to the end to achieve a favorable result."
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Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Washington Employment and labor Lawyer Arinderjit Dhali
Arinderjit Dhali
Employment and labor Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation