Former federal prosecutor, law director for a major American city, and large-firm trial lawyer.A civil-rights champion: First Amendment, police misconduct, voting rights, and other matters.As a former federal prosecutor, Chandra has experience in handling criminal fraud matters.
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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Advocate of the Year||Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless||2011|
|Best Progressive Crusader||Cleveland Scene Magazine||2009|
|40 under 40||Crain's Cleveland Business||2003|
|Recognition for healthcare prosecutions||Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller||2002|
|Creating a Voice Award||Project Impact||2002|
|Outstanding Lawyer Award||New Mexico Bar Association||1995|
|John Garder Public Service Fellowship||Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service||1989|
|Managing Partner||The Chandra Law Firm, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Distinguished Practitioner in Residence & Adjunct Prof. of Law||Case Western Reserve School Of Law||2005 - 2005|
|Director of Law and Prosecuting Attorney||The City of Cleveland||2002 - 2005|
|Assistant United States Attorney||United States Department of Justice||1999 - 2002|
|Litigator||Thompson Hine & Flory||1997 - 1999|
|Litigator||Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro||1996 - 1997|
|Special Presidential Counsel||American Bar Association||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Ohio Special Advisory Committee||Member||2013 - Present|
|Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Ohio Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|International Network of Boutique Law Firms||President, Ohio Chapter||2006 - Present|
|Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judicial Conference||Life Member||2006 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Chair, Judicial Selection Committee||2011 - 2011|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Vice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee||2010 - 2011|
|Cuyahoga County Bar Association||Vice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee||2006 - 2007|
|Cleveland Bar Association Diversity Action Commitee||Co-Chair||2005 - 2007|
|Cleveland Bar Association||Former Board of Trustees||2005 - 2008|
|Ku v. Mitchell, et al.||Confidential resolution; Professor Ku named new center director|
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|The Federal Lawyer||Charging Attorneys' Fees: A Plaintiff Lawyer's Perspective||2013|
|Cleveland Bar Journal||The Reform Experience of the Cleveland Department of Law||2005|
|Stanford University||Political Science and Sociology||A.B. with honors and dual departmental distinction||1989|
|Race Will Win the Race conference||Honoring the Voting Rights Act: Let's Stop the Voting Games||2014|
|NAPABA Central Regional Conference||Will my vote count? Voting-rights issues in Ohio and beyond||2014|
|Inn of Court||Inside View on Effectively Communicating Employment Issues with In-House Counsel||2013|
|Annual Meeting||Employment Law 2013||2013|
|A Collection of Closing Arguments: Your Last Stand||A Collection of Closing Arguments: Your Last Stand: Lockhart v. Woodmere Closing Argument||2012|
|8th Annual Trial Advocacy Institute||Trial Professionalism||2010|
|Professionalism Seminar||Professionalism and Game Theory||2005|
|Annual Trial Advocacy Institute||Trial Ethics||2005|
|Annual Conference||Appellate Oral Argument Showcase||2004|
|Spring Municipal Criminal Law||Criminal Law||2003|
|Office Of Inspector General: Criminal Healthcare Fraud||Office Of Inspector General: Criminal Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions||2000|