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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.


  • Charlottesville City Councilors obtain pro bono summary judgment win granting statutory immunity in Charlottesville monument caseJones Day achieved victory on behalf of four Charlottesville City Councilors who voted to relocate the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson statues at the center of the violent rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
  • Eight years after original hearing, Jones Day secures asylum on remand for Guatemalan gay manIn December 2006, at just 17 years old, C.C. fled to the United States after three armed men threatened, kidnapped, beat, raped, and nearly killed him simply because he is gay.
  • Global feed company obtains multimillion dollar judgment against supplier of defective drying equipmentJones Day represented the owner of an animal feed manufacturing facility in its pursuit of claims in arbitration against the supplier of multimillion dollar custom drying equipment.
  • CSXT defends class action lawsuits related to train derailmentJones Day represents CSX Transportation, Inc. ("CSXT") in multiple class action lawsuits and a mass action lawsuit relating to a chemical fire and evacuation in connection with the July 2015 derailment of a CSXT train traveling from Ohio to Georgia.