Sparkle Sooknanan focuses primarily on appellate litigation, motions practice, and trial strategy in federal and state courts. She has argued before the First, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits; cross-examined witnesses and argued before district and state courts; drafted briefs in the United States Supreme Court and various federal and state courts; and advised clients on matters involving a host of substantive areas.
Before joining Jones Day, Sparkle served as a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Eric Vitaliano of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also served in the Department of Justice, where she represented the government in statutory and agency review cases across the country and worked with the Office of the Solicitor General to review decisions adverse to the government. Sparkle is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D. summa cum laude 2010; Executive Articles Editor, Brooklyn Law Review; President, Moot Court Honor Society); Hofstra University (M.B.A. in Marketing with distinction 2003); St. Francis College (B.S. in Management summa cum laude 2002)
- District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
- Appellate Staff, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2012-2013)
National Law Journal: "D.C. Rising Star" Award (2020)
Brooklyn Law School "Rising Star" Award (2015)
- Law Clerk to: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court (2013-2014); Judge Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2011-2012); and Judge Eric N. Vitaliano, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (2010-2011)