Sparkle L.Sooknanan

Partner

Washington + 1.202.879.3435

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.

Experience

  • 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.
  • Bondholder group litigates claims related to Puerto Rico's debt restructuringJones Day is representing a bondholder group with respect to such holders' rights and remedies concerning the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Everytown for Gun Safety defends Washington State ballot measure requiring background checks for firearm salesJones Day successfully represented Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund in intervening at trial and on appeal to defend a successful Washington state ballot measure requiring background checks for all firearm sales and transfers.
  • Everytown and Moms Demand Action intervene and participate as amicus in support of public safety measures related to gun violenceJones Day is representing Everytown for Gun Safety and its affiliate Moms Demand Action as party or amicus in multiple lawsuits, arguing in support of public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence.
  • H&R Block wins summary judgment in putative class action alleging UCL and CLRA violationsOn April 25, 2016, Jones Day client H&R Block, Inc. won summary judgment on a putative class action alleging violations of California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL") and Consumers Legal Remedies Act ("CLRA").
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