Ms. Coelho is a distinguished business and real estate attorney with international experience. She is amongst a handful of attorneys nationwide who have successfully practiced corporate law (transactional and litigation) in both California and India. Ms. Coelho has successfully litigated a broad range of complex business, corporate, and real estate cases and obtained multi-million dollar settlements for her clients. She has handled all aspects of federal and state court litigation, mediations, and arbitrations. She also assists emerging medtech, biotech, Blockchain, cannabis and technology companies with corporate structuring, capital raises, and acquisitions. Ms. Coelho heads the firms India Practice and represents clients in US-India cross border corporate transactions, litigation, and arbitrations.

Ms. Coelho was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine. She has been invited to lecture at the UCLA Law School, USC Law School, Loyola Law School, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is the author of “Fundamentals of an American Lawsuit (For Business)” – a handbook on how a case progresses in American courts from initiation until trial/settlement. She is the Chair Elect of the Litigation Section for the LA County Bar. She was appointed to LACBA President& Commission on Women in the Law. She runs half marathons, sails, and is a patron of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Education

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, LL.M.
  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M.
  • University of Bombay Government Law College, India, LL.B. (University Gold Medal)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California 2002
  • State Bar of Maharashtra, Goa, Mumbai, India
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California

Awards

  • Finalist – Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law Award 2017
  • SuperLawyer – rated in the top 5% of attorneys in Southern California 2017, 2018
  • Nominee – Los Angeles Business Journal, Women’s Summit Award 2017
  • Gold Medal – LL.B. Exam (J.D. equivalent) University of Bombay, India

Book & Articles Published

  • “Fundamentals of an American Lawsuit (For Business),” Monisha A. Coelho, Esq., (Book Published) – A primer on how a lawsuit is litigated in American courts, from case initiation to trial/settlement, for businesses or foreign lawyers (Nov. 2016)
  • “Informal Discovery Conferences,” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, cover article co-authored with Hon. Samantha Jessner, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (“L.A.S.C.”), Hon. Amy Hogue, Judge, L.A.S.C., Laura Wirth, Esq., (Oct. 2016)
  • “The Use of International Conventions in Domestic Indian Cases,” American Civil Liberties Union International Civil Liberties Report, 131 (2001)
  • “The California Public Utilities Commission Agency Report,” and “The California Board of Podiatric Medicine Agency Report,” The California Regulatory Law Reporter 17:1, 74 (1999)
  • “The California Public Utilities Commission Agency Report,” and “The California Board of Podiatric Medicine Agency Report,” The California Regulatory Law Reporter 17:2 67, 170 (2000)
  • “Doing Business in India” – a guidebook on commercial India laws (Fall 2018, pending).

Speaking Engagements

  • National Law School University, Bangalore, India – “Litigation Process in the United States,” (May 2017)
  • LACBA Trial Practice Inn of Court – “Addressing Judicial & Attorney Bias,” panelist with Hon. Stuart Rice, Judge L.A.S.C., Helen Zukin, Esq., Partner,
    Kiesel Law, David Fu, Esq., Partner, Fu & Associates (Nov. 2016)
  • World Hindu Economic Forum International Conference – “Legal Strategies for Successful Businesses,” panelist along with Hon. Jay Gandhi, Judge,United States Federal District Court, Hon. Alka Sagar, Judge, United States Federal District Court, Firdaus Dordi, Esq. (Nov. 2016)
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law – “Litigation Skills Boot Camp,” (Mar. 2016)
  •  LACBA Trial Practice Inn of Court – “Discovery: Duking it Out, Nicely, Before Your Judge or Mediator,” panelist with Hon. S. Jessner, L.A.S.C., and
    Hon. A. Hogue, L.A.S.C. (Jan. 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – “Motions for Summary Judgement” panelist with Hon. Robert Hess, Judge, L.A.S.C., and Hon. George Wu,
    Judge, United States Federal District Court (Jun. 2015)
  • Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court Brown Bag Series for Judges & Attorneys – “Services for Youth with Disabilities,” (Sept. 2014)
  • Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender – “Rights of Youth with Disabilities,” (Aug. 2013)
  • UCLA School of Law – “Disability Rights Law Symposium,” (Mar. 2013)
  • California Office of Patients’ Rights, Annual Patients’ Rights Advocacy Training, Sacramento – “Constitutional Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
    in the Penal System,” (Feb. 2013)
  • Office of the Public Defender, Fresno County – “Constitutional Rights of Individuals with Disabilities in the Penal System,” (Sept. 2012)

Leadership Positions

  • Chair Elect – Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association(“LACBA”) (2018-19)
  • Member – LACBA President’s Advisory Commission on Women in the Law(2017-19)
  •  Diversity Chair – International Law Section, American Bar Association (2018-19)
  • Vice President – Trial Practice Inn of Court, LACBA (2016-18)
  • Board Member – South Asian Network (largest non-profit in the country serving the South Asian Community) (2017- present)
  • Member – California Senate Taskforce on Equity and Diversity (2011-12)
  • Founding Director – South Asian Bar Association’s Public Interest Foundation (2005-06)

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Konkani
  • French