Nitesh Daryanani


Nitesh Daryanani


  • National Law University, Jodhpur, India (B.B.A, LL.B.)
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (LL.M.)

I advise and represent business owners and executives in commercial matters involving corporate governance, contractual disputes, intellectual property, and unfair competition. My practice is based on a pragmatic, cross-disciplinary approach that is designed to achieve the most effective and efficient outcomes for our clients’ challenges, drawing from experience in diverse settings and jurisdictions—across the public and private sector, at the trial and appellate level, in the United States and India.

Strategic business thinking and creative problem solving are key.  My “toolkit” covers the gamut from adversarial litigation to alternate dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to dispute resolution and some of my best work has resulted in negotiated settlements. When negotiations break down, I work closely with leading experts in the fields of technology, finance, and economics to assess our clients’ needs and represent their interests before decision-making authorities.

Prior to joining Lewis & Llewellyn, I worked in the leading antitrust and securities practice groups at Latham & Watkins LLP and Morrison Foerster LLP.  At these firms, I was a key member of the trial teams representing the biggest and most innovative American companies in complex, commercial disputes:

  • A government antitrust lawsuit challenging first-of-its-kind alliance between two domestic airlines;
  • Private antitrust lawsuits against dairy cooperatives alleging price-fixing and abuse of dominance in the Southwest and Northeast regions of the United States;
  • Securities class actions against an enterprise data cloud company in California’s state and federal courts, alleging fraud in connection with the company’s initial public offering and subsequent merger with its largest competitor; and
  • A breach of contract action in the Delaware Court of Chancery arising from a US$3 billion dispute between a corporation’s controlling stockholder and its largest investor.

I obtained my first law degree in India in 2012 and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019.  In India, I was a litigation attorney at the chambers of a barrister who served as the Additional Solicitor General of India in the Supreme Court.  As a lawyer for the Indian government, I litigated dozens of appeals and advised various ministries of the government on issues of constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, and public policy.  As a private lawyer in India, I represented public companies and entrepreneurs in cases arising out of antitrust and patent disputes, copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, and contractual disputes.  While serving in these roles, I represented:

  • A global telecommunications firm in antitrust and patent litigation relating to licensing of 3G mobile technology to phone manufacturers in India;
  • A leading entrepreneur in a writ petition asserting the constitutional right to privacy against the government’s tapping of a political lobbyist’s phone line;
  • Media companies in lawsuits filed by broadcaster of cricket matches to prevent media companies from providing match score updates by asserting proprietary rights in the scores;
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation in a high-profile conspiracy case against 32 Indian politicians who were accused of inciting a mob to demolish a mosque; and
  • The Central Government of India in a constitutional challenge against the sentencing provision for the crime of kidnapping for ransom.

Drawing on these diverse experiences, I offer a unique perspective that combines legal expertise with a deep cultural and economic understanding of how businesses operate across global markets.  My legal work is complemented by a passion for impact lawyering and thought leadership.  I routinely publish articles on litigation and compliance issues that help clients navigate the complex financial, economic, and policy environments in which they operate and do business.  Notable examples in this regard include:

  • Practical Challenges Confronting Merger Reviews of Labor Markets, Competition, Vol. 32-2, pp. 10-19 (Winter 2022)
  • Shareholder Ruling Resolves Dual-Natured Claim Uncertainty, Law360 Expert Analysis (September 30, 2021)
  • Recent Crackdown Highlights SEC’s Growing Crypto Scrutiny, Law360 Expert Analysis (August 19, 2021)
  • Patents & Competition Law in India: CCI’s Reductionist Approach To Competitive Harm, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Vol. 5-2, pp. 299-327 (August 1, 2017)

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