Sapana K. Shah is an experienced business and corporate attorney based in Los Angeles, California and licensed in California and Georgia. After attending Emory University School of Law, Sapana began her career clerking for Judge Susan M. Speer at the Superior Court of California where she advised on evidentiary issues and drafted opinions and bench memos.
She thereafter transitioned into private practice, where she worked for local, national, and multinational law firms. As a first year associate at a litigation boutique firm, she immediately second-chaired multi-million dollar trials in commercial and real estate disputes involving fraud, RICO, and breach of contract claims. Her litigation experience includes trial and appellate advocacy in federal and state courts as well as arbitration and mediation proceedings.
After working exclusively in litigation for several years, Sapana joined a multinational firm where she served as counsel for businesses that span from small “mom and pops” to Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 companies. She assisted many of the firm’s business clients from start-up through established success, servicing in the areas of corporate structuring and governance, intellectual property, real estate, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment law, and bankruptcy. Many of the issues that arose required Sapana to work regularly with the Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and the California Franchise Tax Board. She served as a general outside counsel to companies doing business globally, with a particular emphasis on the Indian and South Asian markets.
With her unique background and broad range of experience, Sapana founded Shah Grossi in 2014 where she serves as general counsel for several multi-million dollar companies across various industries, with particular emphasis in dental/medical, restaurant, technology, and retail industries. Sapana also serves as counsel to both franchisors and franchisees. Her franchise law practice encompasses the preparation and filing of Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars for both new and currently existing franchisors, the negotiation and preparation of multi-jurisdictional and multi-unit franchise agreements and area development agreements, and acquisition transactions involving currently existing franchises.
Languages spoken: English, Gujarati, Italian, Spanish
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2008||07/15/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Top Women Attorneys of Southern California||Los Angeles Magazine||2016|
|Lawyer of Distinction - Corporate Transactions||Lawyers of Distinction||2016|
|Second Place - International Section Writing Competition||State Bar of California||2009|
|Attorney||Shah Grossi, P.C.||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||The Chugh Firm, APC||2009 - 2013|
|Associate||Crowell and Carmona||2007 - 2007|
|Judicial Extern||Superior Court of California, Los Angeles||2006 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP Attorneys At Law||2002 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Studio City Chamber of Commerce||Member||2014 - Present|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|South Asian Bar Association||Board Member||2012 - 2013|
|California International Law Journal||"'Universal Jurisdiction Chokes Loathing Diction': Using Universal Jurisdiction to Regulate Internet Hate Speech"||N/A|
|California International Law Journal||“Islamic Banking and Finance: Shari’a – Compliance and the Reinterpretation of Riba"||N/A|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of California - Los Angeles||N/A||N/A||2004|