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Snehal Patil is the founder of IndUS Counsel, a Silicon Valley law firm, that promotes alternate fee arrangements. Please visit the IndUS Store - your 'go-to' resource for customized contracts and fixed fee legal services.


Snehal is an experienced Silicon Valley attorney who counsels startups, emerging companies, and multinational corporations on complex corporate and technology transactions, with a particular focus on joint ventures and strategic partnerships, licensing and outsourcing, M&A, private equity and venture financing, employment, immigration and real estate.  He is a former AmLaw 100 attorney having worked at the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices of Thelen, Perkins Coie and Sheppard Mullin.


Snehal has developed a special niche in international transactions involving India and has represented several Fortune 500 companies and high net worth individuals in their U.S. - India investments and operations.  He chaired the India Practice at FisherBroyles where he joined as a partner.


Snehal served as a top-ranking federal officer in India's prestigious Civil Services, to which he was appointed by the President of India.  He was also recommended for appointment to India's Cabinet Secretariat.  He also worked at a leading law firm in Mumbai, India.


Snehal is licensed to practice law in California and in India, and is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi languages.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on legal and business issues relating to U.S.-India transactions, and has been involved in leadership roles with the American Bar Association (ABA), South Asian Bar Association (SABA) and the Federation of Indo-Americans (FIA).


Languages spoken: Hindi, Marathi

Contact info

IndUS Counsel

39199 Paseo Padre Parkway
Suite D
Fremont, CA, 94538-1633

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 25%
  2. Corporate: 25%
  3. Contracts: 20%
  4. Franchising: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Kern D. Singh

    Mr. Snehal Patil is a professional and extremely competent Corporate Lawyer. He and his team have assisted many of my clients with their business agreements, franchising issues and other corporate matters. I highly recommend Snehal!


    Kern Singh Estate planning Attorney
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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberLawyers of Distinction2016
MemberBristol Who's Who2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/CEO, Corporate & Technology CounselIndUS Counsel2013 - Present
Partner & Chair, India PracticeFisherBroyles, LLP2013 - 2013
Managing AssociateSheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP2011 - 2012
AssociatePerkins Coie, LLP2008 - 2011
AssociateThelen, LLP2007 - 2008
AssociateChugh, LLP2004 - 2007
Senior AssociateDSK Legal2002 - 2004
Assistant Personnel OfficerMinistry of Railways, Government of India2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Legal Counsel & AdvisorFederation of Indo-Americans2015 - Present
ABA International, India CommitteeVice-Chair2008 - Present
ABA InternationalLiaison to North American South Asian Bar Association2009 - 2010
ABA International, India CommitteeEditorial Board, India Law News2009 - 2010
ABA International, International Antitrust Law CommitteeSteering Committee Member2008 - 2009
ABA International, The International Law News, Special Focus Issue on India, Vol 38, No 2Guest Issue Editor2008 - 2009
South Asian Bar Association of Northern CaliforniaDirector & External Liaison2007 - 2008
ABA International, Asia-Pacific CommitteeVice-Chair2007 - 2009
North American South Asian Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Programming2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
A Legal Guide to Doing Business in the Asia-PacificIndia Chapter2010
ABA International, International Law News, Vol 38, No 2A Lawyer's City Guide to Mumbai2009
ABA International, The International Lawyer, Vol. 42, No. 22007 Year-In-Review (India)2008
ABA Sections of Antitrust Law, Business Law & International LawABA Comments on Implementing Regulations for and Amendments to the Merger Control Provisions of India’s Competition (Amendment) Act, 20072007
ABA International, The Asia Law News, Vol 3, No 1To Be Or Not To Be: Liberalization of India's Legal Services Sector2007
ABA International, The International Lawyer, Vol 41, No 22006 Year-In-Review (India)2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, IndiaInternational Law & DiplomacyPost-Graduate Diploma2002
Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, IndiaSociologyM. A.2000
Government Law College, University of Mumbai, IndiaN/ALL. B.1997
Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, University of Mumbai, IndiaFinancial Accounting & AuditingB. Com.1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fourth Energy Technologies Forum, Mumbai IndiaAttracting Overseas Private Equity & Venture Capital Investment for Clean Technologies / Emerging Energy Technology2008
ABA Annual MeetingDoing Business in India2008
ABA CLE TeleconferenceAsia-Pacific Antitrust Round-Up2007
Spring Meeting, BerkeleyDoing Business in India2005