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Harmeet Kaur Dhillon

Litigation Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.9   103 reviews

also known as Harmeet K. Dhillon


Licensed for 27 years

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About Harmeet

Learn Harmeet’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    35%
    We have negotiated millions of dollars of settlements for employment discrimination and wrongful termination plaintiffs. We provide labor and employment counselling to numerous corporate clients, and defends corporate clients against all types of employment claims, employee raiding, and theft of trade secrets by departing employees.

    25 years, 100 cases

  2. Litigation
    35%
    I specialize in business litigation, ranging from securities litigation to intellectual property (including theft of trade secrets), breach of contract, business torts, employment discrimination, and civil rights litigation.

    28 years, 250 cases

  3. Libel and slander
    10%
    We have extensive expertise in libel, slander, and related torts, as well as the anti-SLAPP remedy for frivolous defamation cases. Our work has extended to establishing new principles in protected speech under Title IX.

    24 years, 50 cases

  4. Discrimination
    5%

  5. Election campaigns and political law
    5%
    Our firm has rendered advice to numerous candidates, committees and elected bodies on campaign finance, speech restrictions and other election/political law matters. We have litigated many issues for a broad range of candidates and campaigns.

    20 years, 40 cases

  6. Sexual harassment
    5%

  7. Wrongful termination
    5%

Since 2018, Harmeet Dillon has been named Daily Journal's Best Attorney. She has received the Avvo Client's Choice since 2014.

Her passions include winning victories for her individual and business clients in court or in settlement, advising clients on obtaining the best results for their business disputes and finding ways to avoid them, helping clients with privacy, employment, defamation, and First Amendment challenges, and doing all aspects of her work with integrity and the highest levels of ethics. Her close-knit team chooses the types of cases they work on with care, and they frequently turn down work if they don't believe they are the best fit or they don't think tthey can add value to the client's position.

Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 08/06/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1995
Updated 06/28/2022

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

Contact Harmeet

Dhillon Law Group Inc.
177 Post St., Suite 700
San Francisco, CA, 94108

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  103 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
Harmeet received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2018
Posted by Smith | February 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent professional advice that made a huge difference in outcome
I consulted Harmeet for professional advice for legal matters. She promptly suggested that I had a legitimate case and pointed out California status that strengthen my case. Based on her professional advice, I successfully negotiated a large settlement. Without her advice, I would not have negotiated at all. Her advice made a huge difference in final settlement. Her fees were very reasonable for the quality of advice I received.
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Posted by Michelle | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong, Savvy, Successful
Harmeet Dhillon is, without a doubt, the most intelligent woman I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I hired her, and it was the best decision I've made. My case presented extreme challenges, and she took everything in stride. She gave me strength when I was ready to give up. Her tenaciousness, determination, and ethics produced a fantastic result. I thoroughly enjoyed all communication I had with her, as she is not only insanely knowledgeable, but quick-witted and hilarious, as well. Her professionalism shines through in everything she does, and I have the utmost respect for her. Harmeet is an absolute blessing. I would not have gotten through the agony of my situation without her confidence and loyalty. I will be eternally grateful to her for the rest of my life. I highly recommend her, clearly.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant Attorney
I retained Dhillon Law Group to represent me against my former employer (an attorney), who mistreated me and took advantage of me. He misrepresented me as a contract employee (which is now illegal in California) to avoid paying me benefits and wanted to avoid paying taxes. When I asked him to pay me for my sick leave (in San Francisco an employer is legally obligated to pay to his employee for sick leave), he started screaming at me and fired me. I contacted Attorney Harmeet Dhillon and she replied to me almost right away. Harmeet and his Associate, Attorney Michael Fleming were very professional, experienced, knowledgeable, thorough and resolved my case in a very short time to my satisfaction. Harmeet did not mind replying to my million emails. I HIGHLY recommend Harmeet Dhillon and Dhillon Law Group to everyone. You won’t regret it. Thank you very much Harmeet for your hard work.
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Posted by Al | August 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You will never find a better attorney!
Mrs. Dhillon is the best attorney I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. She is vastly knowledgeable and never had any issue answering any questions I had, no matter how long and complex they may have been, and believe me, I had many questions about the case I was facing. She is far more than just a top-notch attorney. She is very easy to talk to and she actually cares about her clients. Her professionalism is second to none. She is truly a gem! She delivered a final outcome that was far better than anything I ever could have hoped for.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Makes it Happen. Best in Class.
Harmeet came highly recommended from my network due to her reputation. I reached out Harmeet on July 4th, and we spoke a few hours later while she was preparing for a trip (now that is dedication). She is sharp, direct, and understands what needs to happen to get the job done. Harmeet always responded to emails within a couple of hours, and she always picked up the phone for triage or a quick conversation during a stressful time in my life. I would consider her not just a lawyer that I hired, but a person who truly cared about what is best for me and what is right. If you want to hire the best in class, you will not find a better person who will represent you with conviction, strength, and know how.
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Response from Harmeet Dhillon August 23, 2018
We really enjoyed helping this client with an employment transition. Thanks to a practical approach, it was wrapped up quickly and in a positive manner, allowing our client to move on to a new position with grace and on a positive note.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Harmeet secured a quick and satisfying settlement on my employment discrimination case against my former employer. She was always responsive despite her hectic schedule, and her case strategy and toughness were crucial in securing a successful settlement on my case. Even though my case was a small case compared to some of the larger, high profile litigation Harmeet and her team are known to handle, she treated my case with utmost priority and it showed in the results that she obtained on my behalf. I highly recommend Harmeet and her team for cases where you want your lawyer to feel like a partner and a true advocate for your case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Harmeet and her team: professional, diligent and responsive at all times.
After speaking with several different lawyers in the SF Bay Area, I decided (without a doubt) to work with Harmeet and her team who stood out by far based on the initial calls and the questions that were asked of me. Harmeet's professionalism, diligence, aggressiveness, and willingness to stick with my case for several months against an unwilling defendant was solid and continuous throughout the entire process. They eventually got me a very good outcome for my case. Harmeet was responsive at all hours ( responding to late night emails ) and patiently answered all my questions and concerns throughout the process. l was very confident that I had selected the best representation.
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Posted by Alison | April 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Eased my fears, provided crucial guidance
Ethical. Brilliant. Focused. Responsive. I had some trouble with a business issue last year that was keeping me up at night, uncertain of how to best resolve the situation. I needed someone who could drill right into it, and who had the patience to "hear me out" on the parts that seemed extra complex to this layperson. I knew I couldn't go multiple rounds, or have any qualms that I had the right person or people in my corner. Harmeet and her team were incredibly responsive. They gave me the straight scoop, provided the legal insight and support I needed, and my business issue was resolved with what I am certain was the least stress possible. I was already a big fan of her work and would recommend with absolutely no reservations.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dhillon Law Group Inc.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Dhillon & Smith LLP
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Counsel
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Senior Associate
  • Cooley Godward LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Sidley & Austin
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • 1994 - 1998
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Education

  • Univ of Virginia Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1993
  • Dartmouth College
  • A.B.
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Republican Party of Los Angeles County, et al. v. Barnett, et al.
  • Judge granted motion to strike and dismissed case, awarding substantial attorneys' fees and costs.

Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Sikh Coalition
  • Volunteer Counsel
  • 2001 - Present
  • Sikh American Legal and Educational Defense Fund
  • Volunteer Counsel
  • 1995 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Judiciary Committee
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Minority Bar Coalition of NorthernCaliforna
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - 2009
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Northern California
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • Director 2001-2003, 2007-2009
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Sikh Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2001 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • SALDEF Public Service Award
  • Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Cornerstone Award
  • North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA)
  • 2012
  • Woman Leader in Law
  • The Recorder
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Attorney Award
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers Under 40
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Distinguished Community Service Award
  • Centennial Foundation (Canada)
  • 2003
  • Outstanding Community Service Award
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • 2002
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Publications

  • San Francisco Attorney
  • Creative Expression Can Help Make Better Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Big News (California Bar Association Publication)
  • Ad Madness: Harmeet K. Dhillon Wins Agency Ownership for Advertising Executive
  • 2010
  • Civil Rights in Wartime
  • The Emergence of Sikh Advocacy
  • 2009
  • ALI/ABA publication
  • Preliminary Injunctive Relief in the Federal Courts
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • SABA Sacramento Annual Dinner
  • Reflections on Balancing a Career of Litigation, Pro Bono and Civic Involvement
  • 2010
  • 9th Annual CLE Expo
  • Trade Secret Litigation: The New Method to Protect Theft of Intellectual Property
  • 2010
  • 21st Annual NAPABA Convention
  • So You Think You Want to Run for Public Office
  • 2009
  • NASABA Convention
  • A Conversation with New South Asians in Politics
  • 2009
  • NASABA Convention
  • Running for Office
  • 2008
  • NAPABA Convention
  • Ethics Panel
  • 2008
  • Minority Bar Council Conference
  • Panelist on Politics
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (29)
Litigation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Harmeet and I worked together at Cooley Godward Kronish, and it was clear to all that she had "it"; that perfect blend of intelligence, people skills, fearlessness and intuition that makes a great litigator."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Harmeet is a brilliant, diligent, experienced and responsible lawyer that any client would be fortunate to engage."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harmeet and her team are excellent Litigation Attorneys. They have assisted myself personally and my clients on many litigation matters and I have always gotten excellent feedback. She and her team are responsive, aggressive and extremely knowledgeable. If you need a legal matter fought, Harmeet is my recommendation!"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mrs. Dhillon posses the unique combination of being feared and respected among her peers, which benefits her clients tremendously. She is known for her ethics, and to be a straight shooter, who cuts to the chase. She doesn't like to waste time or her client's money. Opposing counsel would not dare challenge Mrs. Dhillon's position on a case, unless they are ready to lose! I have also seen opposing counsel refer clients to Mrs. Dhillon, which speaks volumes about her skills and reputation in the legal community. I highly recommend Mrs. Dhillon, as I would refer my own family to her."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Harmeet. She is experienced, intelligent, and thorough. I was lucky enough to end up on the same side of the matter when we encountered each other. I am glad that was the case. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any client."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Harmeet Dhillon is one of the rare attorneys whom I both admire and respect and yet would never want to have on the other side of a case. Other lawyers fear her sharp intellect, thorough preparation and unyielding passion in advocacy. A tough as nails lawyer, she is also a volunteer leader in several charitable and civic organizations, and has championed civil rights for years. I highly recommend her."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for Harmeet for the past five years and know her to be not only an exceptionally skilled and effective litigator, but also an empowering mentor who leads by example in how she comports herself with respect to clients, the Courts and other attorneys. Harmeet is a brave and tenacious problem-solver with a great deal of integrity and her clients' best interests always in mind. It is a pleasure to work alongside her, and I would highly recommend her as an attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well-known and well-respected lawyer. Highly recommended."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Harmeet and I worked at the same firm for a while. She is a very bright and capable litigator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harmeet is articulate and persuasive. Anyone dealing with employment issues would be well advised to consult with her."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Like medicine, law has specialties and sub-specialties. Often times, I receive phone calls and emails from potential clients seeking representation within an area of law I do not practice. When this occurs, more often than not, I refer the client to Ms. Dhillon. Her background and experience in employment matters, defamation, and complex business disputes is top notch. Beyond being smart, savvy, and skilled, she is a kind person, who takes the time to personally connect (in a positive way) with clients and colleagues."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Dhillon is well known for her civil rights work in the community and amongst peers. I endorse this lawyer."
Constitutional Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harmeet is a highly experienced lawyer who is well known in the Bay Area legal community as a tenacious litigator. She is dedicated to client service and would be my go-to lawyer for any complex litigation matter."
Litigation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Experienced, strategic and unwavering litigation counsel. Brings highly effective skill set to complex matters."
Litigation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sharp as an arrow and quick as a bullet, Harmeet Dhillon is a responsive, insightful and effective lawyer, and the best business attorney I have seen in action, both inside and outside of the courtroom. As a lawyer, entrepreneur and general counsel for a company developing utility-scale solar energy parks, I need outside counsel who adds value with deep litigation expertise, business acumen and ability to act quickly on complex business dealings. Harmeet and her super-efficient team at Dhillon and Smith LLP provide all of the "fire power" my company needs at the moment it is needed. Harmeet is a world-class attorney who is dedicated to her clients. I highly recommend contacting her for any business related transactions, negotiations or litigation. A pleasure to work with but fierce on the opposition when strategy calls for it, you definitely want Harmeet and her team at Dhillon & Smith LLP on your side! Ben Franks General Counsel & Director, Frontier Renewables"
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Harmeet is a skilled and zealous advocate. I have worked with her on two matters. She is expert on procedural matters that excellent litgators must know. She is a tough negotiator. And, from a co-counsel point of view, she and her firm are good to work with. I would recommend her to any client needing a good litigator, and I would certainly work with her again."
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San Francisco Litigation Lawyer Harmeet Kaur Dhillon
Harmeet Kaur Dhillon
Litigation Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available