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Chitra Ramanathan

Criminal defense Attorney at Fremont, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 9 years
    Minnesota - MN 13 years
    North Dakota - ND 13 years
    Ohio - OH 20 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 22 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2009
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2009
    Voluntarily Not Licensed No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2003
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2000
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Chitra

Learn Chitra’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense (misdemeanor and felonies). Prepare and argue pre-trial motions. Represent clients in non-jury and jury trials, as well as Post Conviction Relief Claims and direct appeals.

    15 years, 350 cases

  2. Family
    Represent clients in dissolution proceedings including child custody and property distribution. Represent unmarried parents in child custody actions. Represent individuals facing domestic violence in obtaining protection orders.

    14 years, 200 cases

  3. Education
    Represent children with special needs; assist with obtaining appropriate services and placement from the school district. Assist parents with obtaining better IEPs. Represent children facing discipline actions (suspensions, expulsion, etc).

    13 years, 250 cases

  4. Landlord or tenant
    Represent landlords in evictions and security deposit actions (Landlord only)

    10 years, 35 cases

Contact Chitra

Law Office of Chitra Ramanathan
43430 Mission Blvd.
STE 210
Fremont, CA, 94539


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, yet compassionate
She admitted she had not done a case like mine, but I was happy that she took it after getting the case facts. She made sure I understood the results that I was asking for, and what it could not do for me. She did her research promptly, filed the documents accordingly, and secured a hearing date. She even sent a reminder before the date. I am very happy with Chitra's successful work, and I would recommend her based on her performance.
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Posted by Melissa | June 22, 2015
What sets her apart...
Chitra Ramanathan is not just a professional, intelligent, knowledgeable, honest and trustworthy attorney, she is an amazing individual. What sets her apart from the rest is that she doesn't just listen to what your needs are, but actually hears and understands them. She is a genuine person that aggressively handles various types of situations with confidence. Chitra understands and treats your concerns as if it were her own, which allows you to rest assure that you have the best representation possible. Chitra does not make you feel as if your receiving advice or assistance from an attorney whom you hired, but rather a very close family member who has your best interest at heart. Chitra Ramanathan, is the best and comes highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
Excellent Representation
Chitra is smart and aggressive in meeting my legal needs. She listens and makes sure she understands my situation each time. She does everything she can to help me. I highly recommend Chitra for an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2015
Great attorney
You will not find another attorney who will work as hard for you as Chitra. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to doing her best for you.


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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Chitra Ramanathan
  • 2014 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Services Of Northwestern Minnesota
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Allegheny County Public Defenders Office
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Baker Hostetler Special Education Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland Downtown Office
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Chester County Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • American University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • In the marriage of Erickson v. Erickson
  • Reversed and remanded

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Special Education grant 80k
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 2006


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chitra is a tough advocate when needed and fair in trying to settle cases if the opposing party is acting in good faith. If thorough advocacy is needed, Chitra is more than up to the task; if there is a possibility of a fair and reasonable settlement, she will effectuate that."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently settled a case with Ms. Ramanathan and it was a pleasure working with her. She strove to resolve the matter promptly and efficiently."
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Fremont Criminal defense Lawyer Chitra Ramanathan
Chitra Ramanathan
Criminal defense Attorney
Fremont, CA
Licensed for 22 years