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Arinderjit Dhali

Employment and labor Attorney at Washington, DC

4.8   34 reviews

also known as AJ Dhali

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2006
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Arinderjit

Learn Arinderjit’s areas of practice.

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

    21 years

  2. Contracts and agreements


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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Dhali PLLC
1828 L Street. Suite 600. NW
Washington, DC, 20036


4.8 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A.J. Dhali answered all the questions around my case in 9 minutes for free. Even though we had just met, chatting with A.J. was like talking to an old friend who has your best interest in mind. He is professional, giving, and invested from the jump. I cannot recommend his legal services enough. I feel as though I have found my lawyer!
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Posted by Mel | January 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable in his field
AJ was a great attorney throughout the entire process. He was patient and worked collaboratively with me when I had questions and/or concerns. It is in my opinion he is culturally responsive and truly in the space of being keen to diverse equity. I will definitely be referring people to him in the future.
Posted by Senia alfaro | December 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in Washington DC
Him was very understanding always concerned about my case He’s a very care human being
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly one of a kind and provides excellent service!
AJ is truly a top-notch lawyer and a tenacious fighter for his clients. Even though my case is still in progress, no matter what my outcome might be, I will always recommend him to anyone. You can trust him with your closed eyes. AJ is no doubt, the best of the best attorney one can wish for!!!
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
was discriminated against by a Hotel after working there for more than 20 years. They replaced me with a younger employee. The hotels attorneys filed one nonsensical motion after another with the court and repeatedly lied about the facts and circumstances. One of the judges even fell for the employers lies. Aj filed a quick appeal to set the facts straight. The case was ultimately settled before trial to my satisfaction. You need a good attorney when you go up against an employer who is willing to spend millions and repeatedly lie. Aj will fight for you and your rights.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My NDA won't let me say what I really want to say but...I would recommend "AJ" to anyone with a difficult case. He was open and realistic from day one. He spent countless hours working my case and dealing with typical employer motions and their responses to my motions. My case was settled to my complete satisfaction!!!! Thanks AJ!!!!!
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Posted by Hisham | December 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional, highly knowledgeable, and A class lawyer..!!
Winning is unequivocal with a such extraordinary lawyer..!! Thank you SIR.!!
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
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 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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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

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

Sample of Legal Cases

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


  • 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

Honors and 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)
Endorse Arinderjit
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 18 years
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