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Niketa K. Patel

Niketa K. Patel

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Niketa Patel is an associate in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. She conducts a general litigation practice before state and federal courts, with cases ranging from complex commercial disputes to civil and criminal securities fraud actions. She regularly represents securitization trustees in residential mortgage-backed securities matters, major corporations in federal securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits, and individuals and financial institutions in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and related civil proceedings. She has also performed multiple internal corporate investigations on behalf of management and audit committees, and represents clients in connection with government subpoenas and third-party litigation subpoenas. Niketa is experienced with developing strategy for complex trial litigation (bench and jury), and has handled many aspects of the pre-trial practice, including drafting motions in limine, dispositive motions, directed-verdict and post-trial motions, proposed jury instructions and verdict forms, and exhibit objections.

Niketa maintains an active pro bono practice. Her pro bono clients include a New York City charter school network, and individuals in immigration, custody, and death penalty cases. In 2017, Niketa prevailed in New York City Department of Education v. Boys Preparatory Charter School of New York, No. 904187 (2017). In a critical decision for the New York charter school network, the Albany County Supreme Court held that the Department of Education must offer space to New York charter schools that is “reasonable, appropriate, and comparable” to space provided to district schools.

Niketa joined Mayer Brown in 2014, after earning her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor on the Journal of Business Law and won the national championship for the ABA Labor & Employment Trial Advocacy Competition. She was also awarded a Certificate in Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and spent six months at the University of Amsterdam Law School where she studied European Union law and European civil and commercial law. Before graduating from law school, Niketa worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Lisa Rau of the Pennsylvania Civil Court of Common Pleas.

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