Esha Mankodi is a litigator who has represented clients across a broad range of complex matters, including commercial arbitrations, contract disputes, antitrust litigation, and construction matters. She also has experience with class action lawsuits, multidistrict litigation, and environmental litigation. Esha has worked with expert witnesses in a wide range of substantive areas, including damages, acoustical analysis, and microbiology. In addition, Esha has defended corporations facing claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the False Claims Act (FCA). Esha successfully argued a motion for summary judgment in Virginia state court in defense of Charlottesville's City Councilors sued for their votes to remove Confederate statues from downtown parks. Her experience also includes second chairing a multimillion dollar arbitration for a Class I railroad.
Esha devotes time to pro bono matters and has successfully argued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia relating to a previously unknown USCIS program subjecting individuals from predominantly Muslim countries to additional scrutiny, resulting in the release of additional documents and attorneys' fees. For her work as lead counsel on this matter, Esha received the Freedom of Information Award from the ACLU of Southern California. She also has successfully represented a Guatemalan asylum applicant in Immigration Court who faced persecution due to his sexual orientation and represented a defendant in a direct criminal appeal focused on search and seizure issues in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- University of Virginia (J.D. 2012; Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law); Rice University (B.A. in Political Science and Psychology magna cum laude 2009)
- Texas and District of Columbia