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Subodh Chandra

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Subodh (rhymes with “abode”) Chandra (rhymes with “tundra”) is the founding and managing partner of The Chandra Law Firm, LLC.

Chandra’s practice focuses on high-profile civil and appellate litigation, including civil-rights, employment, and business litigation; and on internal investigations and white-collar-criminal law, in both federal and state courts.  The litigation that Chandra handles often has a crisis-communications, public-policy dimension.

Before founding the firm, Chandra served as Director of Law of the City of Cleveland, a billion-dollar corporation. Chandra led the work of an 82-lawyer department with both criminal and civil divisions. He also sometimes served as the City’s acting mayor.  

As Cleveland’s general counsel, Chandra handled legal work in-house and slashed by nearly 90% spending on outside counsel, saving millions; moved vigorously through in-house investigations to clean up internal corruption; restored the department’s reputation; and attracted top performers who helped make it Ohio’s most diverse law firm.

Previously, as federal prosecutor, Chandra successfully prosecuted health-care fraud and corruption—winning recognition from FBI director Robert Mueller. Before that, Chandra served as a litigator in large firms in both Cleveland and Los Angeles, and served as special presidential counsel at the American Bar Association.  

Chandra is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.  He also graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University, which awarded him the John Gardner Fellowship to work with Ohio Governor Dick Celeste.

Chandra has served as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teaching appellate practice and legal ethics. He has served as an ethics expert in litigation.

Long active in assisting people who aspire to public service, Chandra was also a 2006 candidate for Ohio Attorney General, winning most newspaper endorsements. The Cincinnati Enquirer called Chandra “the best candidate Ohio Democrats have produced in years.” Chandra presently serves on a Special Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Chandra is admitted to practice law in Ohio, California, and New Mexico (inactive), and in federal courts around the country.


Languages spoken: Hindi, English

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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 20%
    19 years, 200 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
    16 years, 100 cases
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    21 years, 100 cases
  4. Discrimination: 20%
    21 years, 200 cases
  5. Constitutional: 20%
    21 years, 100 cases

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  • Daniel Richard Karon

    I know of few lawyers, if any, in Cleveland or elsewhere who I would more strongly endorse than Subodh. In addition to doing superlative legal work, Subodh is honest, committed, and ethical. Indeed, I wouldn't hesitate to hire him myself.


    Daniel Karon Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Ronald Ira Frederick

    Subodh is a lawyer's lawyer. He is brilliant, ethical an extremely hard worker and effective in his representation of his clients. He has the intellectual capacity to take on the most complex cases, yet is practical so that he never looses sight of what is necessary to bring a case to conclusion. He is a tireless worker who stands up for what is right. In sum, he is a great lawyer who just plain "gets it."


    Ronald Frederick Class action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Chandra Law Firm, LLC

1265 W. 6th St
Suite 400
Cleveland, OH, 44113-1326


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Advocate of the YearNortheast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless2011
Best Progressive CrusaderCleveland Scene Magazine2009
40 under 40Crain's Cleveland Business2003
Recognition for healthcare prosecutionsFederal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller2002
Creating a Voice AwardProject Impact2002
Outstanding Lawyer AwardNew Mexico Bar Association1995
John Garder Public Service FellowshipStanford University's Haas Center for Public Service1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Chandra Law Firm, LLC2005 - Present
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence & Adjunct Prof. of LawCase Western Reserve School Of Law2005 - 2005
Director of Law and Prosecuting AttorneyThe City of Cleveland2002 - 2005
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Department of Justice1999 - 2002
LitigatorThompson Hine & Flory1997 - 1999
LitigatorChristensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro1996 - 1997
Special Presidential CounselAmerican Bar Association1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Ohio Special Advisory CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Cleveland Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Ohio Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsPresident, Ohio Chapter2006 - Present
Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judicial ConferenceLife Member2006 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationChair, Judicial Selection Committee2011 - 2011
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationVice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee2010 - 2011
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationVice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee2006 - 2007
Cleveland Bar Association Diversity Action CommiteeCo-Chair2005 - 2007
Cleveland Bar AssociationFormer Board of Trustees2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ku v. Mitchell, et al.Confidential resolution; Professor Ku named new center director
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Federal LawyerCharging Attorneys' Fees: A Plaintiff Lawyer's Perspective2013
Cleveland Bar JournalThe Reform Experience of the Cleveland Department of Law2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Stanford UniversityPolitical Science and SociologyA.B. with honors and dual departmental distinction1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Race Will Win the Race conferenceHonoring the Voting Rights Act: Let's Stop the Voting Games2014
NAPABA Central Regional ConferenceWill my vote count? Voting-rights issues in Ohio and beyond2014
Inn of CourtInside View on Effectively Communicating Employment Issues with In-House Counsel2013
Annual MeetingEmployment Law 20132013
A Collection of Closing Arguments: Your Last StandA Collection of Closing Arguments: Your Last Stand: Lockhart v. Woodmere Closing Argument2012
8th Annual Trial Advocacy InstituteTrial Professionalism2010
Professionalism SeminarProfessionalism and Game Theory2005
Annual Trial Advocacy InstituteTrial Ethics2005
Annual ConferenceAppellate Oral Argument Showcase2004
Spring Municipal Criminal LawCriminal Law2003
Office Of Inspector General: Criminal Healthcare FraudOffice Of Inspector General: Criminal Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions2000